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Rae is a unisex baby name that is a diminutive of Rachel (meaning “ewe”), a diminutive of Raymond (meaning “advice, protector”), or a variant spelling of Ray (meaning “beam of light”). Rae has been a popular name since 1900, peaking in 1903.

Meaning and Origin of the name Rae:

Rae is an English girl's name meaning “ewe,” “advice,” or “protector.”

Rae is an English name with several possible origins. As a feminine name, Rae is a diminutive of the Hebrew name Rachel and means “ewe.” As a boy’s name, Rae is a diminutive of Raymond and means “advice, protector.”

Symbolism of the name Rae:

Rae is a variant spelling of the English word “ray,” which means “beam of light.” Light is a universal symbol of ingenuity, inspiration, safety, healing, divinity, and guidance.

Nicknames for the name Rae:

There are no common nicknames for Rae. However, you can come up with some fun nicknames. We have compiled this list of fun and cute nicknames you can use for your baby.

  • Ri
  • Ri Ri
  • Rae of Sunshine
  • Rae of Hope
  • Sting Rae

Style of the name Rae:


Gender of the name Rae:

Rae is a unisex baby name given to both boys and girls.

Pronunciation of the name Rae:


Number of syllables in the name Rae:


Emotion evoked from the name Rae:

Rae evokes feelings of positivity and leadership.

Alternative spellings for the name Rae:

  • Ray 
  • Raye
  • Rei
  • Rai
  • Rey

Popularity of the name Rae:

According to the Social Security Administration, Rae is a common unisex baby name. As a girl’s name, Rae was in the top 1000 baby names list from 1900 to 1982, peaking at #369 in 1903. As a boy’s name, Rae has never been in the top 1000 baby names.

Great middle names for the name Rae and their meanings:


  • Everett (brave as a wild boar)
  • Tobias (God is good)
  • Owen (young warrior, well-born)
  • Hugo (mind, intellect)
  • Theo (gift of God)
  • Asher (fortunate, blessed, happy one)
  • Lucas (man from Lucania)
  • Henry (estate ruler)


Famous people with the name Rae:

  • Rae Dawn Chong (Canadian actress)
  • Rae Ritke (American actress)
  • Rae Allen (American actress)
  • Rae Armantrout (American poet)
  • Rae Baker (English actress)
  • Rae Karly (literature, “Rightful” by Pamela Memmott)
  • Rae Wilson (television, “Hollyoaks”)
  • Rae Cummings (television, “One Life to Live”)
  • Rae Earl (television, “My Mad Fat Diary”)
  • Raven “Rae” Baxter (television, “That’s So Raven!”)
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