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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 of the name Rae:

English: ewe, a beam of light, advice, protector

Origin of the name Rae:

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”. Rae is also a unisex name that is a variant spelling of Ray and means “beam of light”.

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.

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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

Nicknames for the name Rae:

There are no common nicknames for Rae.

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.

Related names for the name Rae:

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 in popular culture:

  • 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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