Charray History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Charray reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Charray family lived in Lincolnshire. They are descended from the line of the House of De Cheries, Seigneurs of Brauvel, Beauval, in Normandy, near Avranches. The name Charray is derived from the Anglo Norman French word, cherise, which means cherry,  and was probably used to indicate a landmark, such as a cherry tree, which distinguished the location bearing the name.
Early Origins of the Charray family
The surname Charray was first found in Derbyshire, The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list William Chirie.  A few years later in 1284, the Assize Rolls of Lancashire list Rober Chyry. The Subsidy Rolls of Suffolk list Richard Chery in 1524. 
Early History of the Charray family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Charray research. Another 198 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1348, 1368, 1484, 1509, 1524, 1665, 1713, 1683, 1706 and are included under the topic Early Charray History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Charray Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Charray family name include Cherry, Cherrie, Cherrey, Cherries, Chery, Chearie, Chearry, Cherie and many more.
Early Notables of the Charray family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Charray family to Ireland
Some of the Charray family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Charray family
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Charray family to immigrate North America: John Cherry landed in America in Virginia in 1637; Franc. Cherry, who arrived in Virginia in 1643; Richard Cherry, who arrived in Virginia in 1655; William Cherry, who came to Virginia in 1659.
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The Charray Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Cheris l'espoir
Motto Translation: Cherish hope.
- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)