The name Aufray is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of the Britain and comes 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 Aufray family
The surname Aufray was first found in Worcestershire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Aufray family
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Aufray Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Aufray has been spelled many different ways, including Alfray, Alfraye, Alfrey, Aufrey, Aufray, Alphrey, Alphray, Alferry, Allfree and many more.
Early Notables of the Aufray family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Aufray family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Aufrays to arrive in North America: Thomas Alferry, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1685; and M. Alfrey, who was recorded in Essex
County, Ontario in 1883.