Origins Available: English, German
Anglo-Saxon culture of England produced the name of Fray. It was given to a person who was referred to as the fry, which literally means free. It has also been suggested that Fray comes from the Middle English word fry, meaning "small person," or "child." In either instance, the origins of the name are as a nickname which referred to characteristics of the first person who used the name.
Early Origins of the Fray family
Wiltshire where they held a family seat from very early times.
Early History of the Fray family
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Fray Spelling Variations
spelling variations under which the name Fray has appeared include Fry, Frye, Free and others.
Early Notables of the Fray family (pre 1700)
Baron of the Exchequer from 1426 and Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer in 1448; Walter Frye (c. died 1474), an English composer of the early Renaissance; John Fry (1609-1657), Member of...
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Migration of the Fray family to Ireland
Some of the Fray family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Fray family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Fray arrived in North America very early:
Fray Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Fray Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Fray Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Fray (post 1700)
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