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Origin & Meaning

The name Shay is of English origin.

The meaning of Shay is "admirable".  

It is also of Irish origin, where its meaning is "hawk like".


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 1575  in baby name popularity for girls with 137 occurrences.  It ranked 2411 in popular baby names for boys with 53 occurrences. 

View the Shay Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Shay has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Shay to other names.


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Related Names

Shay is a variant spelling of Shea.

The name Lashay is a form of Shay.

Other Tidbits

Shay falls into the name categories bird, cool.

Name Fun

Would you like to fingerspell the name Shay in American Sign Language?

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Be creative with the name Shay.

Just for fun, see the name Shay in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

Learn about nautical flags and see your name or message written in nautical flags, on the Shay in Nautical Flags page.

Names Like This

English names generally consist of a given name, middle name and family name. Many English speaking countries have fairly flexible naming laws. This allows the multicultural families that live in these countries to merge the naming conventions of their faiths or previous nationalities with their current homeland.

Biblical names are still very prevelant. Nature, literature, mythology, celebrity, surnames, variants of traditional names and newly invented names are all sources of English given names.

The evolution of English names in the U.K. can be traced to the various conquests and ruling power changes of its early history. The evolution of English names in America has been more influenced by the various influxes of immigrants from different parts of the world during different times in its history.