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Stray Family History

Stray Name Meaning

English: unexplained. Norwegian: habitational name from a farmstead in Agder named Strai, of uncertain derivation.

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

Similar surnames: Spray, Stai, Gray, Bray, Straw, Wray, Stoa, Duray, Strada, Staal

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Where is the Stray family from?

You can see how Stray families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Stray family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Stray families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1911 there were 5 Stray families living in Ontario. This was about 38% of all the recorded Stray's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Stray families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Stray surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Stray ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Painter was the top reported job for people in the CA named Stray. .

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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

  • Painter
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Census Records

There are 8,000 census records available for the last name Stray. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Stray 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Stray. 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 812 military records available for the last name Stray. For the veterans among your Stray ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Stray lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Stray life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1976, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Stray in 1963 was 67, and 71 in 2004.

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