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Fray Name Meaning

German: rare variant of Frey and in North America (also) an altered form of this. English: from the personal name Fray probably an Anglo-Norman French form of ancient Germanic Fredo (a pet form of names beginning with Fred- or Freth-) which was used by the Normans in Normandy. English: nickname for a violent person from Middle English fray a shortened form of Middle English (Old French) affrai ‘attack brawl uproar’. French: nickname derived from the Old French verb frayer ‘to rub’ or ‘to hit’.

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


Similar surnames: Ray, Gray, Fay, Rey, Bray, Pray, Fry, Dray, Wray, Frary

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Where is the Fray family from?

You can see how Fray families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Fray family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Fray families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 8 Fray families living in Virginia. This was about 31% of all the recorded Fray's in USA. Virginia had the highest population of Fray families in 1840.
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What did your Fray ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Fray. 14% of Fray men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Fray women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Fray were Truck Driver and Clerk. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
    14%
  • Laborer
    14%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Truck Driver
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
    10%
  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Teacher
    9%
  • Clerk
    8%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Fray. 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 Cards

There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Fray. For the veterans among your Fray ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Fray lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Fray life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1983, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Fray in 1955 was 74, and 73 in 2004.

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