Ray

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See also: ray, rày, rầy, ra'y, and -raþ

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Ray

  1. A surname from a Middle English nickname meaning a king or a roe.
  2. A diminutive of the male given name Raymond, also used as a formal given name.
    • 1980 Wright Morris, Plains Song, for Female Voices, Harper&Row, →ISBN, page 113:
      -, or Raymond if it happened to be a boy, choosing it in the hope that a name like Ray would make a boy's life easier.
    • 2005 Sam Weller, The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury, William Morrow, →ISBN, page 12
      Although the name on his birth certificate was spelled "Ray", Ray said he was originally given the name "Rae" after Rae Williams, a cousin on his father's side.
  3. A diminutive of the female given name Rachel, more often spelled Rae.
    • 2010 Sophie Hannah, A Room Swept White, Hodder & Stoughton, →ISBN, page 271:
      'Rachel told me―' 'Call her Ray. She hates Rachel.'
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From Persian ری (Rey), from Middle Persian, from Old Persian 𐎼𐎥𐎠 (Ragā), a Median district. Compare Akkadian [script needed] (ra-ga-'), Elamite [script needed] (rák-ka4-an) (loc.), Ancient Greek Ῥάγαι (Rhágai), Latin Rhagae, Rhaganae, Iranian borrowings.

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Ray

  1. A city near Tehran, Iran.
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Ray

  1. a male given name