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Duray Name Meaning

habitational name, with fused preposition and definite article du ‘from the’, for someone from any of various minor places named Ray, in Inre, Mayenne, Nièvre, and Tarn. Americanized spelling of Duret (see Durette). Hungarian: habitational name for someone from a place called Dura.

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


Similar surnames: Dubray, Dunay, Dury, Dubay, Dura, Dulay, Duman, Turay, Duby, Dory

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Where is the Duray family from?

You can see how Duray families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Duray family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Duray families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 8 Duray families living in Quebec. This was 100% of all the recorded Duray's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Duray families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Duray surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Duray ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Duray. 31% of Duray men worked as a Laborer and 31% of Duray women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Duray were Farming and Housekeeper.

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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.

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    31%
  • Farmer
    16%
  • Truck Driver
    9%
  • Farming
    9%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    31%
  • Stenographer
    24%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Housekeeper
    16%
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Duray. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Duray 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 329 immigration records available for the last name Duray. 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 693 military records available for the last name Duray. For the veterans among your Duray ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Duray lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Duray life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1967. The average life expectancy for Duray in 1954 was 51, and 76 in 2004.

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