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Wray Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various minor places in northern England named Wray, Wrea, or Wreay, from Old Norse vrá ‘nook’, ‘corner’, ‘recess’.

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

Similar surnames: Way, Ray, Bray, Gray, Pray, Irby, Fray, Dray, Wear, Gay

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Where is the Wray family from?

You can see how Wray families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wray family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wray families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1911 there were 291 Wray families living in Ontario. This was about 70% of all the recorded Wray's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Wray families in 1911.
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What did your Wray ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Wray. 43% of Wray men worked as a Farmer and 18% of Wray women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wray were Farmers Son and Teacher.

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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
  • Laborer
  • Labourer
  • Farmers Son

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
  • Housewife
  • Teacher
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Census Records

There are 155,000 census records available for the last name Wray. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wray 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 14,000 immigration records available for the last name Wray. 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 20,000 military records available for the last name Wray. For the veterans among your Wray ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wray lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Wray life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Wray in 1941 was 23, and 74 in 2004.

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