Origins Available: French, Scottish
hereditary surnames were adopted in France is extremely interesting. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Often they adopted names that were derived from nicknames. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The name laray is a nickname type of surname for a person of regal bearing or a person who played a king in a local festival. Looking back further, we find the name laray was derived from the Old French word "roy," meaning "king."
Early Origins of the laray family
family seat since ancient times.
Early History of the laray family
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laray Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Ray, Rays, Raie, Raies, Raye, Rayes, Rée, Rées, Rait, Rey, Reys, Rei, Reis, Duray, Leray, De Laray, Laray, du Ray, de Ray, Delurey and many more.
Early Notables of the laray family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the laray family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
laray Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
laray Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
The laray 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: Gracieuseté de Ray
Motto Translation: The graciousness of Ray
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