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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Shay

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Shay in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Shay:

  • Records indicate that 1,505 boys in the United States have been named Shay since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1991, when 153 people in the U.S. were given the name Shay. Those people are now 29 years old.

    So ... how do we know this stuff? Baby Names Hub identifies trends by analyzing vast amounts of data made available by the U.S. government and other public sources. This data, including social security statistics, provides detailed information on baby name popularity and trends in the United States.


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      4 Positive Comments

  • "My 2 year old son is called Shay, I love the name now, wasn't sure at first tho couldn't imagine him called anything else now tho. he's named after Newcastle's goalie Shay Given!" May. 12, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm 4+ months pregnant and, if it's a boy, we plan on naming him Shay" Dec. 22, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "its also short version of Shayaan/Shayan (i know one of each) i also know a Shae and a female Shay ...... very nice name and i think its growing in popularity or perhaps its just a phenomenon around here?" Feb. 20, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My baby son is named Shaye as we loved the name and thought it was different to the norm - everyone we meet loves his unusual name too! He wouldnt suit anything else and certainly was "A Gift" given to us!" Sep. 11, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      4 Neutral Comments

  • "umm this name is also a girls name...its my name and im a girl not a guy so ya! and i know alot f other girls with this name too" Nov. 6, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My niece's name is Shayenne (shy-ann) and goes by Shay." Jun. 19, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Shaye and having to spell it ALWAYS is a real pain. Also, people call me Sherry, Shane, etc. I also get asked if it is short for something. It's neither feminine or masculine as well. I do like my name but it has its drawbacks." Jun. 13, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I've named my first son Shay, and I think it's a great name. Shay is of Celtic origin and means "Gift". I think the spelling is actually an American-isation of the shorten form of Seamus. It is also somethimes used as a shorten form of Shymal which is a Indian/Hindi origin name." Jan. 5, 2006: Report as inappropriate

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