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Bray Family History

Bray Name Meaning
English: habitational name from places in Berkshire and Devon. The former is probably named with Old French bray ‘marsh’, the latter from the Cornish element bre ‘hill’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

1,952,203 Historical Documents with Bray on Ancestry.com
465,628 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
39,334 Military Records
31,191 Immigration Records
326,492 Census and Voter Lists
1,089,558 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of Bray Families

  • Number of Bray families
     147 - 292
     50 - 146
     1 - 49
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Bray families
     796 - 1,589
     266 - 795
     1 - 265
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Bray families
     18 - 33
     7 - 17
     1 - 6
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Bray Family Origin

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Bray Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Bray

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Bray Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Bray census records

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Bray Civil War Service Records

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