Similar to many French family names, the distinguished surname Obray is a proud sign of a rich and ancient ancestry. The earliest forms of hereditary surnames
in France were the patronymic
surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. The patronyms were derived from a variety of given names that were of many different origins. As well as the names of the saints of the Christian Church, many of the most common French surnames are derived from personal names of Germanic origin. They derive from the language of the Franks, who controlled France between the mid-5th and early 8th centuries. The name Obray is derived from the Old German given name "Alberic". The name was originally derived from the Latin word "Albericus", which is composed of the Anglicized elements elf and king.
Early Origins of the Obray family
The surname Obray was first found in Berry, a former province until 1790 when it became a region in central France where the family held a family seat
since ancient times.
Early History of the Obray family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Obray research.Another 545 words (39 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Obray History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Obray Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Aubry, Aubrie, Aubri, Aubbry, Alfaric, Alfarique, Aulbry, Aubree, Albry, Allbry, Allbrie, Aubbrie, Aubbri, d'Aubry, d'Aubrie, d'Aubri, Daubri, Daubrie, Daubry, Aubrit, Aubbrit, Aubris, Aubbris, d'Aubrit, d'Aubbrit, d'Aubris, d'Aubbris, Daubbri, Daubbrit, Daubbris, Daubris, Daubrie, Auby, Aubi, Aubit, d'Auby and many more.
Early Notables of the Obray family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Obray family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Obray Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Anthony Obray, who arrived in Virginia in 1701 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)