Ray Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin): nickname denoting someone who behaved in a regal fashion or who had earned the title in some contest of skill or by presiding over festivities, from Old French rey, roy ‘king’. Occasionally this was used as a personal name. English: nickname for a timid person, from Middle English ray ‘female roe deer’ or northern Middle English ray ‘roebuck’. English: variant of Rye (1 and 2). English: habitational name, a variant spelling of Wray. Scottish: reduced and altered form of McRae. French: from a noun derivative of Old French raier ‘to gush, stream, or pour’, hence a topographic name for someone who lived near a spring or rushing stream, or a habitational name from a place called Ray. Indian: variant of Rai.

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


Similar surnames: May, Hay, Roy, Kay, Rey, Fay, Bay, Pay, Gay, Ram

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Ray Family Origin

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Ray Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    37%
  • Labourer

    5%
  • Servant

    4%
  • Cultivateur

    3%

In 1881, Farmer, Labourer and Servant were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Ray. A less common occupation for the Ray family was Cultivateur. The most common Ray occupation in Canada was Farmer. 37% of Ray's were Farmers.

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Between 1940 and 2004, Ray life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Ray in 1940 was 41, and 74 in 2004.

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