Avaray is a name that dates far back into the mists of early British history to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes. It is derived from the given name Averary.
For example, the first recorded instance of the name is Rogerus filius
Averary. His name means Rogerus son of Averary. Over time, the name changed until it achieved its modern form.
Early Origins of the Avaray family
The surname Avaray was first found in the county of Northumberland
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times. Rogerus filius
Averary resided in the year 1166, and held manors and estates. One branch of the family was found in Egginton, Derbyshire
from ancient times. "The church [of Egginton], an ancient structure with a nave, chancel, aisles, and a neat low tower, contains several monuments to the Every family, and has some remains of stained glass." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Avaray family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Avaray research.Another 55 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1664, 1654, 1643, 1679, 1679, 1620, 1700, 1653, 1696 and 1690 are included under the topic Early Avaray History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Avaray Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Avaray are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Avaray include: Avery, Averie, Avary, Every, MacAvera and others.
Early Notables of the Avaray family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir Richard Avery; Samuel Avery (died 1664) was an English merchant and politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1654; John Every (c 1643-1679), an English landowner and politician from Dorset
who sat in the House of Commons in 1679; James... Another 70 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Avaray Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Avaray family to Ireland
Some of the Avaray family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland
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Migration of the Avaray family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Avaray or a variant listed above: Jacob and George who settled in Virginia in 1635. Christopher Avery settled in Gloucester Massachusetts in 1640.