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Dray Family History

Dray Name Meaning

English: from Middle English dregh, probably as a nickname from any of its several senses: ‘lasting’, ‘patient’, ‘slow’, ‘tedious’, ‘doughty’. Alternatively, in some cases, the name may derive from Old English dr¯ge ‘dry’, ‘withered’, also applied as a nickname.

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

Similar surnames: Ray, Pray, Gray, Day, Tray, Bay, Bray, Drag, Wray, Fray

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Where is the Dray family from?

You can see how Dray families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dray family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dray families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1911 there were 31 Dray families living in Ontario. This was about 70% of all the recorded Dray's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Dray families in 1911.
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What did your Dray ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the CA named Dray. 80% of Dray men worked as a Farmer.

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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
  • Driver
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Census Records

There are 28,000 census records available for the last name Dray. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dray 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Dray. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Dray. For the veterans among your Dray ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dray lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Dray life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1982. The average life expectancy for Dray in 1954 was 63, and 77 in 2004.

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