How popular is the baby name Shae in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, check out all the blog posts that mention the name Shae.
This question has been bringing a lot of traffic to my blog lately, so I thought I’d post about it and see what everyone thinks.
Most of us know of Shea as a surname and/or a
stadium name. Shea doesn’t currently rank in the top 1,000 for either boys or girls, but the name and its various spellings do appear further down on the SSA’s list:
Shea 247 girls
Shae 114 girls
Shay 107 girls
Shaye 39 girls
Shai* 34 girls
Most versions are used more often for girls than for boys.
What do you think — is Shea a boy name or a girl name? How about other versions of the name? (Does spelling matter?)
Panya correctly notes that Shai also happens to be an unrelated Hebrew name. It’s impossible to know which Shais are which, though, so I just counted them all as versions of Shea above.
A reader named Kelly e-mailed me this afternoon about the name Shay for her son. Kelly asked if I knew any girls or boys named Shay, and if I thought the name was “girly.” I’ve already sent her a reply, but my answers were basically:
1. Yes, I’ve met babies/kids of both genders named Shay/Shea/Shae. And the stats tell a similar story–if you look at the top 1,000 baby names in the U.S. over the last 50 years,
Shay ranked 15 times for boys and 3 times for girls,
Shea ranked 35 times for boys and 31 times for girls, and
Shae ranked 0 times for boys and 1 time for girls.
2. Shay doesn’t sound girly to me, but it doesn’t sound masculine either. More like androgynous. (I’d say the same about
Peyton, Avery, Dakota, Riley, Jordan, and about a dozen other names.)
What’s your take on Shay: Girl name? Boy name? (Does the spelling make a difference?) Is Shay too girly for a boy?
Shea, Shae, Shay – Girl Names or Boy Names?
Want a baby name that’s short & sweet? Here are over 100 one-syllable girl names:
Brynn, Bryn, Brynne
Claire, Clare, Clair
Faye, Fay, Fae
Gail, Gayle, Gale
Jade, Jayde, Jaide
Joy, Joi, Joie
Laine, Lane, Layne
Lynn, Lynne, Lyn
Rayne, Rain, Raine
Shea, Shae, Shay
See any you like?
P.S. Here are the most popular 1-syllable girl names of
2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010.
Looking for baby names with something in common? Perhaps for a set of twins or triplets? I’ve collected hundreds of anagram baby names for you.
2-Letter Anagram Baby Names
3-Letter Anagram Baby Names
Abe, Bea Abi, Bia Aby, Bay Ade, Dea, Eda Adi, Dia, Ida Aki, Kai, Kia Ali, Ila, Lia Alo, Loa, Ola Aly, Lya Ame, Ema, Mae, Mea Ami, Iam, Mai, Mia Amy, May, Mya, Yma Anh, Han Ani, Ian, Ina, Nai, Nia Ann, Nan Anu, Una Ari, Ira, Rai, Ria Ary, Ray, Rya, Yar Ase, Esa, Sae Aum, Uma Ave, Eva, Vea Avi, Iva, Via Avy, Yva Azi, Iza, Zai, Zia Bao, Oba Cam, Mac Caz, Zac Dev, Ved Dez, Zed Dre, Red Duy, Udy Ean, Ena, Nea Ela, Lea Emi, Mei Eno, Eon, Neo, Noe, Oen Era, Rae, Rea Eri, Ire, Rei Ero, Reo, Roe Eve, Vee Eze, Zee Gem, Meg Guy, Yug Hal, Lah Ike, Kei Ion, Nio, Oni Isa, Sai, Sia Ita, Tai, Tia Ivo, Ovi Jai, Jia Jak, Kaj Jet, Tej Jio, Joi Kal, Kla Kam, Mak Kao, Koa, Oak Kay, Kya Kaz, Zak Keo, Koe Koy, Kyo Lam, Mal Lav, Val Len, Nel Leo, Ole Lin, Nil Lio, Oli Lua, Ula Lys, Sly Mio, Omi Miu, Umi Nay, Nya, Yan Naz, Zan Niv, Vin Noa, Ona Nas, San Ora, Roa Ori, Rio, Roi Oya, Yao Rey, Rye Roy, Ryo Rui, Uri Rut, Tru Tae, Tea Tao, Toa Zae, Zea Zay, Zya Zeo, Zoe Zio, Zoi Ziv, Zvi 4-Letter Anagram Baby Names
Aden, Dane, Dean, Dena, Edan, Edna, Neda Adin, Andi, Dani, Dian, Dina Aino, Iona Alan, Lana, Nala Alec, Cale Alek, Elka, Kale, Kela, Lake Alex, Axel, Lexa (also: Xela, Xael, Xeal, Exla) Aliz, Liza Alli, Lila Alma, Amal, Mala Alun, Lanu, Luna, Nula, Ulan Amin, Iman, Mina, Nima Amir, Irma, Mari, Mira, Rima Amon, Mona, Noam, Oman Anja, Jana Anne, Nena Arik, Kira Arlo, Orla Arno, Aron, Nora, Oran, Orna, Roan, Rona Ashe, Shae, Shea Aviv, Viva Cary, Cyra Cash, Chas Chaz, Zach Clay, Lacy Cleo, Cole Dave, Deva, Veda Eino, Ione Elin, Leni, Neil Elly, Lyle Elsa, Sela Enzo, Zeno Erik, Keri Etna, Nate Etta, Tate Evan, Neva, Vena Flor, Rolf Gina, Inga Hale, Leah Hans, Nash, Shan Ilka, Kali Ilma, Liam, Mali, Mila Ilsa, Isla, Lisa Iris, Siri Isra, Rais, Sari, Sira Ivan, Vina Jane, Jean, Jena Kami, Mika Karl, Lark Kory, York Lane, Lena, Neal, Nela Leon, Noel Liam, Mila Lina, Nila Lula, Ulla Macy, Myca Mary, Myra Mora, Omar, Roma Nita, Tina Reva, Vera Saul, Sula Sita, Tisa 5-Letter Anagram Baby Names
Aaron, Anora Abner, Berna Abram, Ambra Abril, Blair, Libra Achim, Chaim, Chima, Micah Adair, Adria, Daria Adila, Alida, Dalia Adlar, Ardal, Darla Aidan, Daina, Dania, Diana, Nadia, Naida Aiden, Andie, Diane, Edina Akeem, Emeka Alain, Alina, Ilana, Liana, Naila Albin, Blain, Nabil Alden, Dalen, Eland, Eldan, Nelda Alena, Neala Alice, Celia, Lacie, Lecia Alima, Amila, Imala, Laima, Lamia, Malia Alina, Anila, Inala, Laina, Lania, Nalia Aline, Elian, Elina, Neila, Nelia Alize, Aziel, Eliza, Zeila, Zelia Allen, Nella Allie, Leila, Lelia Almas, Aslam, Salma Alton, Talon Alvin, Livna, Nival, Vinal Amari, Amira, Maria Amiel, Maile, Malie, Melia, Miela Amrit, Marit, Mitra, Tamir Anand, Nanda Ancel, Lance Ander, Andre, Arden, Daren, Nedra Andor, Ronda Angel, Galen, Glena Anise, Siena Anita, Antia, Taina, Tania, Tiana April, Pilar Ardal, Darla Ardin, Darin, Drina, Indra, Randi Ardis, Sidra Armen, Maren Armin, Imran, Marin, Mirna Arnie, Irena, Reina Aseem, Seema Ashen, Shane, Shena Aston, Santo Atari, Atira, Taira Avner, Raven, Verna Aydan, Danya, Dayna, Dyana, Nadya, Nayda Ayden, Dayne Aylen, Laney, Layne Beryl, Byrle Blake, Kaleb Brady, Darby Bruna, Urban Bryon, Byron, Robyn Carla, Clara Carlo, Carol, Coral Casia, Isaac Ceira, Ciera, Erica Cilla, Lilac Claus, Lucas Corey, Royce Cyril, Lyric Daisy, Sayid Dario, Doria Daryn, Randy Davon, Vonda Derry, Ryder Dilan, Linda, Nilda Dolly, Lloyd Dylan, Lynda Edwin, Wendi Edwyn, Wendy, Wynde Efren, Ferne Elena, Leena, Neela Ellen, Nelle Ellis, Liesl Elmas, Selma Elroy, Leroy Elvin, Levin, Nevil Elvis, Levis Elwin, Lewin Emery, Meyer Ennis, Innes Enola, Leona, Noela Erika, Keira, Kiera Ernie, Irene Ethan, Thane Fajra, Faraj, Jafar Harte, Herta, Retha, Terah, Thera Hasan, Shana Hasim, Misha Iryss, Syris Isaak, Kaisa, Kasia Isara, Raisa, Saira, Sarai Jacey, Jayce Jaden, Jenda Jadyn, Jandy Jamar, Marja Janan, Janna Janey, Jayne Jason, Jonas, Sonja Johan, Johna, Jonah Kaley, Kayle Kamil, Malik, Milka Karla, Klara Keely, Kylee Kenan, Kenna Kerry, Ryker Kiona, Naoki Klaus, Lukas Laban, Nabla Lamar, Marla Lamis, Salim Leone, Noele Lissa, Silas Lonna, Nolan Lonny, Nolyn Lorna, Orlan, Rolan Loryn, Rylon Luana, Nuala Lynox, Xylon Mabel, Melba Mario, Moira, Omari, Raimo Marta, Tamra Mason, Osman Maris, Rasim, Samir Meryl, Myrle Miles, Selim Minah, Niamh Monty, Tymon Morna, Nomar, Norma, Ramon Mynor, Myron, Romyn Myson, Symon Niels, Niles Nisha, Shani Norah, Rhona, Rohan Nyson, Sonny Olson, Solon Opala, Paola Ostin, Stoni, Tison, Tsion Ostyn, Stony, Tyson Percy, Pryce Ronit, Torin Ronny, Ronyn Rusty, Tyrus Ryson, Soryn Siyon, Yonis Stuti, Titus Survi, Suvir Torvi, Vitor Tyris, Tysir Tyzir, Tziry Xinyu, Yuxin 6-Letter Anagram Baby Names
Adrian, Andria, Darina, Darian, Indara, Nadira Adrien, Andrei, Darien, Derina, Nerida, Raiden, Randia Aileen, Elaine, Lainee, Neelia Alanis, Nalisa, Salina Alenka, Kalena Alesha, Ashlea Alysha, Shayla Amaris, Aramis, Rasima, Samira Aminda, Damian Amitra, Amrita, Marita, Tamira Anandi, Dianna, Nadina Andres, Sander Angela, Galena Anneli, Lianne, Linnea Annika, Kianna Aretha, Eartha Arista, Ataris, Sarita, Sitara, Tarisa, Tarsia Arnold, Orland, Roland, Ronald Arsene, Naseer, Serena Ashdon, Dashon, Shonda Ashlee, Elesha, Leesha, Sheela Ashley, Elysha Ashlie, Elisha, Ilesha, Sheila, Shelia Atsuko, Katsuo Austin, Sunita Basile, Blaise, Isabel Belamy, Maybel Belina, Blaine, Libena Calila, Callia Callie, Clelia Carine, Enrica, Racine Carlie, Claire Cecily, Cicely Coline, Nicole Corine, Enrico Damien, Medina Daneed, Deanne, Deeann, Nadeen, Nadene Dannie, Dianne, Nadine Darnel, Lenard, Randel Delila, Idella Dewain, Edwina Dwayne, Edwyna Easter, Teresa Easton, Seaton Elinor, Lorine Eliott, Lottie Elmina, Milena Elmire, Mariel, Marlie, Mirela Elodia, Odelia Elonia, Enolia, Ionela, Leonia, Noelia, Olenia Ernest, Nester Gaetan, Teagan Giulia, Luigia Haldor, Harold Hallie, Leilah Hamish, Hashim Harris, Shirra Heaven, Nevaeh Horten, Theron, Thorne Ikraam, Karima, Karmia, Makari, Marika Imelda, Melida Ingmar, Ingram Irenka, Keiran Islama, Malisa, Salima Jamari, Marija Janene, Jeanne Johann, Johnna Julian, Julina Kamila, Mikala, Malika Kassia, Saskia Kalani, Kalian, Kalina Kalila, Kallia Kaolin, Nikola Kiloni, Nikoli Kilynn, Kylinn, Linkyn, Lynkin Kinsly, Kynsli, Skilyn, Skylin Krithi, Rithik Lainey, Nayeli Lamina, Malina, Milana Landra, Randal Leonne, Nolene Lynnon, Nolynn Marian, Marina Marino, Marion, Rimona, Romina Marsha, Sharma Maxine, Ximena Nestor, Treson Ronith, Thorin Shlomo, Sholom Thirza, Thizra, Tirzah, Tizrah Townes, Weston Warner, Warren 7-Letter Anagram Baby Names
Aceston, Coasten Adaline, Adelina, Daniela Adamina, Damiana Aerilyn, Yarelin Alenna, Leanna, Nelana Alondra, Arnaldo, Orlanda, Ronalda Annette, Nanette Annika, Kianna Aolanis, Soliana Ashanti, Nathias, Tanisha Brandie, Braiden Camelia, Micaela Carmela, Marcela Carmelo, Marcelo Damaris, Marisda Darleen, Darlene, Leander Darnell, Randell Dashaun, Shaunda Elondra, Leandro, Leonard, Roeland, Rolande Emelina, Melanie Emmarie, Marieme Haitham, Mahathi, Mahitha Hassani, Nassiah, Saiansh Ismaeel, Maislee Jalmari, Jarmila Kailoni, Nikolai Kasmira, Mariska Kaylena, Lakenya Lanford, Randolf Latanya, Natalya Latisha, Talisha Linnaea, Nanelia Lorinda, Orlinda, Rinaldo Marisha, Shamira Orlando, Rolando, Rolonda, Ronaldo Shantae, Tanesha Wrenley, Wrynlee 8-Letter Anagram Baby Names
Aadhiran, Adrianah Aaryansh, Sharanya Aashirya, Aashriya, Saraiyah Aashrith, Ashritha, Harshita Abriella, Aribella Abrielle, Aribelle Adaleigh, Gedaliah Adoniram, Damarion Adrianna, Andriana, Darianna Adriella, Dariella Adrielle, Darielle Adrielys, Darielys Adryanna, Daryanna Aishleen, Shailene Aleighna, Analeigh, Leighana, Naleigha Aliannah, Annaliah Aliciana, Analicia Aliyahna, Analiyah, Nalaiyah Allyanna, Laylanna Alysiana, Nalaysia Amariana, Anamaria Amarilis, Marialis Amberlee, Emberlea Analilia, Lailiana Anayelli, Elliyana, Laylanie Anberlyn, Braelynn, Brealynn, Brynnlea Annmaria, Marianna Annmarie, Marianne Arabelle, Bellarae, Erabella Ariyanna, Narayani, Yarianna Aurellia, Auriella, Laurelai Aurielle, Laurelei Avrielle, Vallerie Azrielle, Zarielle Azriella, Zariella Breelynn, Brennley, Brynnlee Brielynn, Brinnley, Brynnlie Camarion, Marciano Carmelia, Maricela Carmella, Marcella Carmelle, Marcelle Carmello, Marcello Caroline, Coraline, Cornelia Carolyne, Coralyne Carolynn, Coralynn Cerulean, Laurence Charissa, Issachar Charizma, Chizaram Claudine, Dulcinea Devanshi, Vedanshi Dorothea, Theodora Eliantte, Lianette Elizabel, Izabelle Ellianna, Lelianna Ellinore, Norielle Elnathan, Nathanel Halleigh, Leighlah Harshini, Inshirah Illianna, Lailanni, Lilianna Illyanna, Laylanni, Lilyanna, Lylianna Jarmaine, Marijane, Mirajane Jilliana, Lilijana Kamaiyah, Makaiyah Kamellia, Mikaella Karmella, Markella Karoline, Koraline, Kornelia Kayleigh, Kyleigha Kellyann, Lakelynn Leightyn, Tynleigh Leilanni, Lilianne Leilanny, Lilyanne Lemarcus, Marcelus Leylanie, Yanellie Lisandro, Rosalind Makenzie, Mazikeen Nylarose, Rosealyn Olivette, Violette Reeyansh, Shreeyan Reighlyn, Rynleigh Reyaansh, Shreyaan Rishitha, Srihitha Rithanya, Traniyah Shanvika, Vanshika Shriyaan, Yarishna 9-Letter Anagram Baby Names
10-Letter Anagram Baby Names
If you like the idea of anagrams but want to avoid sound-alike sets, I recommend anagrams with different numbers of syllables. Pairs like “Etta and Tate” and “Clay and Lacy” are a far more subtle than pairs like “Enzo and Zeno” and “Mary and Myra.”
(Here are some
palindromic names from last month.)
Many unusual baby names popped up during the 1990s — here are the one-hit wonders from that decade:
Adilene – ranked 984th in 1994 Alannah – ranked 936th in 1990 (influence: singer Alannah Myles) Baylie – ranked 989th in 1997 Brianda – ranked 777th in 1992 Clarisa – ranked 665th in 1994 (influence: TV show Clarissa Explains it All) Coraima – ranked 874th in 1993 (influence: actress Coraima Torres) Crysta – ranked 965th in 1993 Daijah – ranked 976th in 1996 Deyanira – ranked 947th in 1993 Ieshia – ranked 718th in 1991 (influence: ABC song “Iesha”) Iridian – ranked 889th in 1995 (influence: Mexican singer Iridian) Jasmyne – ranked 991st in 1993 Jaycie – ranked 963rd in 1996 (influence: gymnast Jaycie Phelps) Julisa – ranked 731st in 1997 (influence: variant of Yulissa) Kalene – ranked 927th in 1993 (influence: child on TV commercial) Kanesha – ranked 951st in 1990 Kaylene – ranked 967th in 1993 (influence: child on TV commercial) Keanna – ranked 910th in 1995 Kyara – ranked 928th in in 1999 Meranda – ranked 1000th in 1994 Micayla – ranked 950th in 1997 Miesha – ranked 998th in 1991 Miriah – ranked 948th in 1991 Nohely – ranked 896th in 1994 Shae – ranked 925th in 1998 Shaniece – ranked 937th in 1992 (influence: singer Shanice) Shannen – ranked 893rd in 1993 Shaquana – ranked 919th in 1991 Shawnee – ranked 871st in 1992 Tatyanna – ranked 952nd in in 1999 Tiesha – ranked 925th in 1991 Yamilex – ranked 707th in 1996 (influence: telenovela Como tu, ninguna) Yulisa – ranked 988th in 1997 (influence: variant of Yulissa) Yulissa – ranked 424th in 1997 (influence: telenovela Te sigo amando)
Arman – ranked 980th in 1999 Christion – ranked 988th in 1998 Coleton – ranked 907th in 1997 Colter – ranked 997th in 1992 Damarcus – ranked 995th in 1995 Davonta – ranked 918th in 1992 Devaughn – ranked 924th in 1993 Dijon – ranked 916th in 1991 Dustyn – ranked 1000th in 1995 Jacquez – ranked 864th in 1998 Jajuan – ranked 983rd in 1997 Jelani – ranked 932nd in 1998 (influence: basketball player Jelani McCoy) Keandre – ranked 957th in 1997 Keifer – ranked 924th in 1991 (influence: actor Kiefer Sutherland) Keion – ranked 870th in 1996 Kenan – ranked 968th in 1997 Khari – ranked 853rd in 1994 Miguelangel – ranked 965th in 1998 Mykel – ranked 869th in 1990 Raquan – ranked 879th in 1996 Rashaan – ranked 938th in 1995 Shyheim – ranked 817th in 1994 (influence: rapper Shyheim) Tavian – ranked 862nd in 1998 Tyreese – ranked 892nd in 1999 (influence: singer Tyrese) Tyreke – ranked 739th in 1999 Tyrik – ranked 895th in 1998 Tyrin – ranked 942nd in 1994
Want more one-hit wonders? Here are…
All the top-1,000 one-hit wonder baby names, decade by decade: 1880s, 1890s, 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000-2005. Some interesting full-list one-hit wonder baby names, from all decades (this list is always growing): One Hit Wonder Baby Names.