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Ray Family History

Ray Name Meaning
English (of Norman origin): nickname denoting someone who behaved in a regal fashion or who had earned the title in some contest of skill or by presiding over festivities, from Old French rey, roy ‘king’. Occasionally this was used as a personal name.English: nickname for a timid person, from Middle English ray ‘female roe deer’ or northern Middle English ray ‘roebuck’.English: variant of Rye (1 and 2).English: habitational name, a variant spelling of Wray.Scottish: reduced and altered form of McRae.French: from a noun derivative of Old French raier ‘to gush, stream, or pour’, hence a topographic name for someone who lived near a spring or rushing stream, or a habitational name from a place called Ray.Indian: variant of Rai.

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

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Name Distribution of Ray Families

  • Number of Ray families
     618 - 1,233
     207 - 617
     1 - 206
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Ray families
     693 - 1,383
     232 - 692
     1 - 231
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Ray families
     62 - 121
     21 - 61
     1 - 20
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Ray Family Origin

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Ray Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Ray

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Ray Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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Ray Civil War Service Records

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Confederate
2,051
Union
1,698

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