Origins Available: English
The Coray surname is thought to be derived from the manor of Carrey, near Lisieux, Normandy
. Some instances of this name come from Welsh
and Cornish origins and are variations of the name Carew. Most of the Irish variations of this name are Anglicized forms of the Gaelic O Ciardha.
Early Origins of the Coray family
The surname Coray was first found in Somerset
, at Castle Cary, a market town and civil parish in south Somerset
. The place dates back to at least the Domesday Book
where it was listed as Cari CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
and later in 1237, the place was recorded as Castelkary. It is generally believed that the castle was built by Walter of Douai (c.1046-1107), a Norman knight. The place was named after the River Cary. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
"Castle Cary probably derived its name from an ancient castle originally belonging to a lord of the name of Carey, which was defended against King Stephen by its owner, Lord Lovell, one of whose descendants having embraced the cause of the deposed monarch, Richard II., it became forfeited to the crown. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Also in early days, the family was found at Leppington in the East Riding of Yorkshire. "The Carey family formerly possessed a castellated mansion here, and a member of it was created Baron Carey, of Leppington, in 1622, but the title became extinct about the period of the Restoration. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print. Other early records were found in Guernsey.
Early History of the Coray family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coray research.Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1205, 1242, 1348, 1645, 1662, 1393, 1288, 1524, 1596, 1575, 1633, 1622, 1629, 1580, 1666, 1608, 1677, 1610, 1643, 1615, 1688, 1624, 1658, 1634, 1663, 1659, 1663, 1656, 1694, 1681, 1689, 1693, 1694 and are included under the topic Early Coray History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Coray Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Carey, Carrie, Carrey, Cary and others.
Early Notables of the Coray family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Carey, Baily of Guernsey; Henry Carey (circa 1524-1596), 1st Baron
Hunsdon, an English army officer, diplomat, and politician, and a nephew of Anne Boleyn; Henry Carey, 1st Viscount Falkland (c.
1575-1633), an English landowner and politician, Lord Deputy of Ireland
(1622-1629); Henry Carey... Another 117 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Coray Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Coray family to Ireland
Some of the Coray family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 183 words (13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Coray family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Coray or a variant listed above: James Cary, who came to Charlestown, MA in 1639; Miles Cary, who arrived in Virginia, from Bristol in 1645, and served as Burgess from 1660-1665; Christopher Cary, a servant sent from Bristol to Virginia in 1665.
Contemporary Notables of the name Coray (post 1700)
- Albert Coray, American two time sliver Olympic medalist for athletics at the 1904 games