Shay

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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Shay

"Shay" is a name of Irish origin, and it means "Hawk". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Shay
A chaise.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A carriage consisting of two wheels and a calash top; drawn by a single horse
Wiktionary
  1. A surname​ of Irish origin, variant of Shea, anglicised from Ó Séaghdha.
  2. A male given name transferred from the surname; also a short form of Seamus.
  3. A female given name transferred from the surname.

Notable Persons Named Shay

Shay Mitchell is an actor, model (people), entrepreneurship, author, actress, model, and entrepreneur. She has been prominent since 2009. Shay was given the name Shannon Ashley Mitchell on April 10th, 1987 in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

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Shay Carl Butler is a vlogger, entrepreneur founder of trixin clothing, author, video blog, entrepreneurship, and entrepreneur(co-founder ofmaker studios) founder of trixin clothing. He was most active from 2007 to present. Shay was born Shay Carl Butler on March 5th, 1980 in Logan, Utah. Shay is also known as ShayCarl.

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Shay Given is a soccer player for the Stoke City F.C., Celtic F.C., Blackburn Rovers F.C., Swindon Town F.C., Sunderland A.F.C., Newcastle United F.C., Manchester City F.C., Aston Villa F.C., Middlesbrough F.C., Republic of Ireland national under-21 football team, and Republic of Ireland nati. Shay was born on April 20th, 1976 in Lifford, County Donegal, Ireland.

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Shay was born on November 17th, 1985 in Philippines.

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Shay Haley is a funk rock, pop music, hip hop music, and alternative rock record producer, musician, rapping, and singing. He plays Drum kit and Vocals. He has had major accomplishments since 1994. Shay was given the name Sheldon Haley on December 18th, 1972. Shay is also known as Shae.

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Shay Facey is a soccer player for the Rotherham United F.C., Manchester City F.C., New York City FC, England national under-16 football team, England national under-17 football team, and England national under-19 football team. Shay was born on January 7th, 1995 in Manchester, England.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Shay

Scheana Shay is a tv personality and pop singer. Scheana was given the name Scheana Marie Jancan Shay on May 7th, 1985 in West Covina, California. Scheana is also known as Marie and Scheana.

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Seyi Shay is an african popular music musician. She has been prominent since 2001. Seyi was given the name Deborah Oluwaseyi Joshua on December 21st, 1985.

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ShiGGa Shay is a musician. ShiGGa was given the name Pek Jin Shen on September 12th, 1992.

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Ryan was born on May 4th, 1979 in Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA. He died on November 3rd, 2007.

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Racci "Sketchy" Shay is a rock music, punk rock, and industrial music musician. He plays Drum kit. He was most prominent from 1989 to present. Racci was born on December 4th, 1973 in LaGrange, Georgia.

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Jonathan Shay is a in the field of psychiatry. Jonathan was born in 1941.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1932 5 0 5
1953 7 7 0
1954 11 6 5
1955 5 5 0
1956 6 6 0
1957 20 15 5
1958 7 7 0
1959 14 9 5
1960 23 11 12
1961 36 20 16
1962 42 29 13
1963 41 27 14
1964 32 18 14
1965 41 33 8
1966 40 22 18
1967 39 28 11
1968 66 34 32
1969 91 53 38
1970 202 133 69
1971 204 149 55
1972 181 116 65
1973 194 115 79
1974 208 130 78
1975 172 98 74
1976 156 84 72
1977 142 65 77
1978 178 107 71
1979 175 89 86
1980 221 134 87
1981 196 116 80
1982 160 99 61
1983 150 93 57
1984 164 97 67
1985 165 92 73
1986 156 92 64
1987 220 114 106
1988 234 106 128
1989 247 124 123
1990 247 129 118
1991 271 117 154
1992 237 128 109
1993 242 127 115
1994 287 157 130
1995 289 160 129
1996 274 158 116
1997 258 157 101
1998 238 148 90
1999 251 167 84
2000 249 156 93
2001 186 125 61
2002 215 140 75
2003 232 131 101
2004 233 141 92
2005 213 123 90
2006 213 121 92
2007 215 127 88
2008 223 148 75
2009 195 109 86
2010 179 111 68
2011 178 102 76
2012 145 84 61
2013 168 115 53
2014 196 143 53
2015 233 172 61
2016 257 170 87
2017 250 179 71

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Popularity of Shay as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Shay U.S.
  White 88.76% 64.26%
  African American 2.30% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 3.20% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 2.14% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.41% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.18% 16.26%

Of Last Name Shay

People with the last name Shay are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Shay

  • What name lists does Shay rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Shay? Shay is the 2,399th most popular name of all time. As a last name Shay was the 3,843rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Shay have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 10,625 babies born with the first name Shay in the United States. That's more than enough people named Shay to occupy the country of Tuvalu with an estimated population of 10,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Shay? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1932 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Shay first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Shay is Monday, June 20th, 1892.
  • What year had the most people named Shay born? The highest recorded use of the first name Shay was in 2017 with a total of 179 babies.
  • Random Shay Factoid: According to the 1992 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Shay is not a popular baby boy's name in Colorado. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Colorado have the same name as you in 1992.
  • Weird things about the name Shay: Your name in reverse order is Yahs. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ysah. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Shay? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 9,212 people with the last name Shay.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Shay? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have Shay as their last name.

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  • Sources:
  • 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).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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