Jeray Surname History
Early Origins of the Jeray family
The surname Jeray was first found in Leicestershire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1221 when Ralph Jory held lands.
Early History of the Jeray family
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Jeray Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Jeray has appeared include Jory, Jorie, Jorey and others.
Early Notables of the Jeray family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Jeray family
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 Jeray arrived in North America very early: Edw. Jory, who came to Virginia in 1664; James Jory, who was naturalized in Illinois in 1832; William Jory, who was naturalized in Oregon in 1851; as well as Thomas Jorey, who was on record in Ohio in 1851..
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