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The Paray surname is derived from the French "Paré," the past participle of the verb "parer" meaning "to prepare;" as such, the name was originally occupational, for someone who finished cloth.

Paray Early Origins



The surname Paray was first found in Auvergne, a historic province in south central France where the family was established in early times in the department of Puy-de-Dôme.

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Paray Spelling Variations


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Paray Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Paré, Pare, Paret, Parey, Paray, Parat, Parateau and many more.

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Paray Early History


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Paray Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Paray research. Another 223 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1590, 1510 and 1590 are included under the topic Early Paray History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Paray Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Paray Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Paray Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Robert Paré, originally from Soulaures, in Dordogne, who settled in Quebec, where he married Françoise Lehoux in 1653; André Paré, who settled in Saint-Vallier, where he married Marthe Asselin in 1747.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Paray (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Paray (post 1700)



  • Paul Paray (1886-1979), French conductor, organist and composer

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Paray Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    2. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
    3. Guérard, Albert Léon. France: a Modern History. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1959. Print.
    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore. Print.
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    10. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
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