Heray History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Heray family

The surname Heray was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire.

One of the first records of the name was Adam Urri who appears as burgess of Irvine in 1260 and Huwe Urry of Ayrshire who rendered homage to King Edward I of England in his brief intrusion into Scotland in 1296. Reginald Urry held land in Irvine in 1323 and William Urri resigned the lands of Fulton in 1409.

Another branch of the family was found in the Fetteresso parish, Kincardineshire and for the most part, these names included "de" denoting "of." Hugh de Urre swore fealty at St. John of Perth and later with a different spelling as Hugh Uny at Forfar, 1296. [1] This latter entry is presumably another person rendering homage to King Edward I.

Important Dates for the Heray family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heray research. Another 180 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1279, 1302, 1273, 1366, 1387, 1650, 1677, 1666, 1715, 1650, 1778, 1857, 1619 and 1677 are included under the topic Early Heray History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Heray Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Urie, Ure, Urey and others.

Early Notables of the Heray family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Sir John Urry (or Hurry) (died 1650), a Scottish professional soldier; and his brother, Sir William Urry (died 1677), a Scottish Royalist officer during the Wars of the Three Kingdoms, he joined Charles II in exile during the Interregnum; and his son, John Urry (1666-1715), an Irish-born, Scottish noted literary editor and medieval scholar; and Isaac Ewer (died c.1650), an English soldier probably born in Essex...
Another 74 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Heray Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Heray family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: William and Andrew Ure, who arrived in New York in 1820 along with Elizabeth; James Ure, who arrived in Boston in 1768; as well as Patrick Urie, who arrived in East New Jersey in 1686..

Citations

  1. ^ 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)
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