Bray Family History

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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

Similar surnames: Gray, Pray, Wray, Ray, Berry, Bay, Bras, Dray, Fray, Bry

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Bray Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Bray name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Bray. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Bray Family Origin

Where is the Bray family from?

Bray Family Occupations

What did your Bray ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Bray occupation in the USA was Farmer. 39% of Bray's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bray. A less common occupation for the Bray family was Farming.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Bray ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Bray Historical Records

What Bray family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 363,000 census records available for the last name Bray. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bray census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 34,000 immigration records available for the last name Bray. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 41,000 military records available for the last name Bray. For the veterans among your Bray ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Bray Life Expectancy

What is the average Bray lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Bray life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Bray in 1943 was 35, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Bray ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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