Ory History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Ory was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Ory family lived in the Castle of Airey, or Arey in Normandy. The earliest record of the name was in 1198 of Goisbert de Arreio in Normandy. In England, the family settled mostly in the counties of Cumberland and Westmorland (now part of Cumbria) having derived from the word eyrara which means gravel-banked stream. [1]

Another source notes "this Cumberland family consider the name to have been borrowed from some elevated dwelling among the mountains called an Eyrie, such designations for residences not being uncommon." [2]

Early Origins of the Ory family

The surname Ory was first found in the northern English counties of Cumberland and Westmorland where they held a family seat from very ancient times, probably long before the Norman Conquest of England by the Duke of Normandy in 1066 A.D.

Early records for the family are very scarce. The only entry we found was of Robert de Hayra who was listed in 1301 as holding lands in Lancashire at that time. [3]

Christopher Airay (1601-1670), the pioneer of English logic and Henry Airay (c. 1560-1616), the Puritan divine and author both hail from Westmorland. [4]

Early History of the Ory family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ory research. Another 110 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1301, 1332, 1611, 1833, 1911, 1600 and 1655 are included under the topic Early Ory History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ory Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Ory have been found, including Airey, Airy, Airie, Arey, Array, Aireys, Aries, Areys and many more.

Early Notables of the Ory family (pre 1700)

Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ory Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Ory family to Ireland

Some of the Ory family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Ory migration to the United States +

For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Ory were among those contributors:

Ory Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Ory Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Margueritte Ory, aged 19, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1785 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Ory (post 1700) +

  • Teresa Hurtado de Ory (b. 1983), Spanish actress
  • Carlos Edmundo de Ory Ory (1923-2010), Spanish avant-garde poet
  • Matthieu Ory (1492-1557), French Dominican theologian and Inquisitor
  • Gisèle Ory (b. 1956), politician from the Canton of Neuchâtel in Switzerland
  • Pascal Ory (b. 1948), French historian
  • Csaba Ory (b. 1952), Hungarian politician and Member of the European Parliament
  • Meghan Ory (b. 1982), Canadian television and film actress
  • Kid Ory (1886-1973), jazz musician
  • C. Ory Dupont, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 1948 [6]


The Ory 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: Je le tiendrai
Motto Translation: I will possess.


  1. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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