It was among those Anglo-Saxon
tribes that once ruled over Britain that the name Alfraye was formed. The name was derived from the Old English personal name Alvred.
This name was popular in England
because of the fame of Alfred the Great (849-899), who was the Anglo-Saxon
King of Wessex.
Early Origins of the Alfraye family
The surname Alfraye was first found in Worcestershire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Alfraye family
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Alfraye Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Alfraye include Alfray, Alfraye, Alfrey, Aufrey, Aufray, Alphrey, Alphray, Alferry, Allfree and many more.
Early Notables of the Alfraye family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Alfraye family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Alfraye were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Thomas Alferry, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1685; and M. Alfrey, who was recorded in Essex
County, Ontario in 1883.