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Multiple Origins for the Surname Cray


Scottish


Cray was first used as a surname among the descendants of the ancient Scottish people known as the Picts. It was a name for a prosperous person. The Gaelic form of the surname Cray is Mac Rath, which literally means son of grace or son of prosperity.

Cray Early Origins



The surname Cray was first found in Inverness-shire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Nis) divided between the present day Scottish Council Areas of Highland and Western Isles, and consisting of a large northern mainland area and various island areas off the west coast, the shire was anciently both a Pictish and Norwegian stronghold, but their ancient history is often clouded with conjecture. It appears certain that they lived before the 14th century at Clunes, to the west of Inverness in the territories of the Fraser Clan. Consequently the family has always been friendly towards that Clan. From about 1400, they moved to the location with which they are readily associated, Kintail.

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Cray Spelling Variations


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Cray Spelling Variations



Before the first dictionaries appeared in the last few hundred years, scribes spelled according to sound. spelling variations are common among Scottish names. Cray has been spelled MacCrae, MacCraith, MacCrath, MacCraw, MacCray, MacCrea, MacCree, MacCreight, MacCrie, MacReagh, MacRae, MacRay, MacRie and many more.

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Cray Early History


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Cray Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cray research. Another 1095 words (78 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1539, 1539, 1688, 1745, 1425, 1505, 1477, 1505, 1715, 1764 and 1778 are included under the topic Early Cray History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cray Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cray Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the Clan at this time was Finghin MacCarthy Reagh (c.1425-1505), the 8th Prince of Carbery from 1477 to 1505, belonged to the MacCarthy Reagh dynasty; the Earl of Seaforth who forfeited his lands in 1715, but in 1764 was allowed to buy the lands back from the Government. In...

Another 134 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cray Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cray In Ireland


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Cray In Ireland



Some of the Cray family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In those unstable times, many had no choice but to leave their beloved homelands. Sickness and poverty hounded travelers to North America, but those who made it were welcomed with land and opportunity. These settlers gave the young nations of Canada and the United States a strong backbone as they stood up for their beliefs as United Empire Loyalists and in the American War of Independence. In this century, the ancestors of these brave Scots have begun to recover their illustrious heritage through Clan societies and other heritage organizations. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Scottish settlers bearing the name Cray:

Cray Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Tonis Cray, aged 42, landed in New York in 1643
  • Myles Cray, who arrived in Virginia in 1661
  • Teunis Cray, who landed in New York in 1664
  • Henry Cray, who landed in Virginia in 1664
  • John Cray, who arrived in Virginia in 1666
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cray Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Paul Cray settled in Virginia in 1732
  • Jacob Simon Cray settled in 1772

Cray Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John D Cray, aged 28, landed in New York in 1812
  • John S. Cray settled in New York City in 1822

Cray Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Peter Cray arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Brightman" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BRIGHTMAN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Brightman.htm

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cray (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cray (post 1700)



  • Mary Cray, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1996
  • D. H. Cray, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Vermont, 1924
  • Andrew Cray, American Democrat politician, Chair of Hunterdon County Democratic Party, 1945
  • Seymour R. Cray (b. 1925), American computer designer
  • robert Cray, American blues musician/singer

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Motto


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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: Fortitudine
Motto Translation: With fortitude.


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Cray Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BRIGHTMAN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Brightman.htm

Other References

  1. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  2. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
  3. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
  4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  5. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  9. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
  10. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
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The Cray Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cray Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 9 January 2017 at 09:15.

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