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The surname Cray is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came. The name Cray is derived from the Old French word "creste," meaning the peak of a hill and indicated that the original bearer lived at or near such a place.

Cray Early Origins



The surname Cray was first found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France, where the family has held a family seat since ancient times.

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Cray Spelling Variations


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Cray Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Crest, Cret, Crests, Crets, Creste, Crete, Crête, Crestes, Cretes, du Crest, Ducrest, du Cret, Ducret, Crais, Crait, Crez, Ducrais, Ducrait, Ducrez, Cray, Crey 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 244 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1435 and 1632 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)



More information is included under the topic Early Cray Notables 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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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Cray Family Crest Products


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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. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
  5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  6. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  8. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore. Print.
  9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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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.

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