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Popularity of the Baby Name Shae

Number of Babies Named Shae

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Shae

Shea, Shae, Shay – Girl Names or Boy Names?

Shea, Shae and Shay - girl names or boy names?

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 155 boys
Shae 114 girls 25 boys
Shay 107 girls 82 boys
Shaye 39 girls 20 boys
Shai* 34 girls 44 boys
Totals: 541 (62%) 326 (38%)

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?)

*Commenter 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.


Naming a Baby Boy Shay – Yea or Nay?

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?

Related post: Shea, Shae, Shay – Girl Names or Boy Names?

One-Syllable Girl Names – Bree, Hope, Jill, Paige, Tess

Want a baby name that’s short & sweet? Here are over 100 one-syllable girl names:

Anne, Ann
Ayn
Bea
Belle
Bess
Beth
Bjork
Blair, Blaire
Blake, Blayke
Blanche
Bliss
Blythe
Bree, Brie
Britt
Brooke, Brook
Brynn, Bryn, Brynne
Cass
Cate
Claire, Clare, Clair
Dawn
Dee
Dream
Drew, Dru
Elle
Eve
Faith, Fayth
Fawn
Faye, Fay, Fae
Fern
Fleur
Flor
Fran
Gail, Gayle, Gale
Grace, Grayce
Greer
Gwen
Gwyn
Hope
Jade, Jayde, Jaide
Jan
Jane, Jayne
Jean, Jeanne
Jen, Jenn
Jess
Jill
Joan
Joy, Joi, Joie
Joyce
Jude
June
Kai
Kate
Kay, Kaye
Kim
Klaire
Kris
Laine, Lane, Layne
Lark
Leigh, Lee
Liv
Liz
Love
Lux
Luz
Lynn, Lynne, Lyn
Mae, May
Madge
Maeve
Mai
Marge
Maude, Maud
Nelle, Nell
Neve, Niamh
Noor, Nour
Paige, Payge
Pam
Pearl
Queen
Quinn
Rae
Reece, Reese
Rayne, Rain, Raine
Reem
Rose
Rue
Ruth
Sage, Saige
Scout
Shea, Shae, Shay
Skye, Sky
Sloane, Sloan
Sol
Star, Starr
Sue
Tea
Tess
Trish
True, Tru
Wren

See any you like?

P.S. Here are the most popular 1-syllable girl names of 2012, 2011 and 2010.

Huge List of Anagram Baby Names

anagram baby names

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

4-Letter Anagram Baby Names

5-Letter Anagram Baby Names

6-Letter Anagram Baby Names

7-Letter Anagram Baby Names

8-Letter Anagram Baby Names

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.)

One-Hit Wonder Baby Names from the 1990s

Many unusual baby names popped up during the 1990s — here are the one-hit wonders from that decade:

Girls

  • 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
  • Iridian – ranked 889th in 1995
  • Jasmyne – ranked 991st in 1993
  • Jaycie – ranked 963rd in 1996 – influence: gymnast Jaycie Phelps
  • Julisa – ranked 731st in 1997 – influence: variant of Julissa
  • Kalene – ranked 927th in 1993
  • Kanesha – ranked 951st in 1990
  • Kaylene – ranked 967th in 1993
  • 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
  • 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 Julissa
  • Yulissa – ranked 424th in 1997 – influence: variant of Julissa

Boys

  • 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: 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/actor 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

All one-hit wonder lists: 1880s, 1890s, 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s.