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Origin and Meaning of Rayleigh

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  • A submission from Philippines says the name Rayleigh means "Right hand of king" and is of English origin.
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  1. English physicist who studied the density of gases and discovered argon; made important contributions to acoustic theory (1842-1919)

For Lord Rayleigh, English physicist

  1. (physics, astronomy) A unit of brightness (of the sky at night) equal to 1010/4π quanta per square meter per second per steradian

Notable Persons Named Rayleigh

Rayleigh was born on April 2nd, 1936.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Rayleigh

The Lord Rayleigh was a scientist in the field of physics. The was born on November 12th, 1842 in Langford Grove, Maldon, Essex, England. He died on June 30th, 1919.


Charlotte was born on May 29th, 1758. She breathed her last breath on September 13th, 1836.


How popular is the baby name Rayleigh in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1995 7 7 0
1996 6 6 0
1997 8 8 0
1998 10 10 0
1999 12 12 0
2000 14 14 0
2001 16 16 0
2002 17 17 0
2003 30 30 0
2004 38 38 0
2005 33 33 0
2006 55 55 0
2007 62 62 0
2008 84 84 0
2009 81 81 0
2010 125 125 0
2011 134 134 0
2012 128 128 0
2013 129 129 0
2014 174 174 0
2015 156 156 0
2016 163 158 5
2017 187 187 0
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International Interest for Rayleigh

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Popularity in the US

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Popularity of Rayleigh as a first name

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Fun Facts about the name Rayleigh

  • How Popular is the name Rayleigh? Rayleigh is the 7,621st most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Rayleigh have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,669 babies born with the first name Rayleigh in the United States. That's more than enough people named Rayleigh to occupy the territory of Christmas Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 1,462 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Rayleigh? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1995 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Rayleigh first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Rayleigh is Sunday, September 19th, 1982.
  • What year had the most people named Rayleigh born? The highest recorded use of the first name Rayleigh was in 2017 with a total of 187 babies.
  • Random Rayleigh Factoid: According to the 2013 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Rayleigh is not a popular baby girl's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 21 babies in Texas have the same name as you in 2013.
  • Weird things about the name Rayleigh: Your name in reverse order is Hgielyar. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ilahegyr. How do you pronounce that?

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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