Fray Family History
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