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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


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

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Where is the Bray family from?

You can see how Bray families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bray family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bray families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1911 there were 512 Bray families living in Ontario. This was about 49% of all the recorded Bray's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Bray families in 1911.
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What did your Bray ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Bray. 43% of Bray men worked as a Farmer and 16% of Bray women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bray were Clerk and Income.

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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 1921

  • Farmer
    43%
  • Laborer
    7%
  • Labourer
    6%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Stenographer
    16%
  • Farmer
    12%
  • Clerk
    10%
  • Income
    8%
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Census Records

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 Lists

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

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Draft Cards

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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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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