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.
Early Origins of the Paray family
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.
Early History of the Paray family
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Paray Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Paré, Pare, Paret, Parey, Paray, Parat, Parateau and many more.
Early Notables of the Paray family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Paray family to the New World and Oceana
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.
Contemporary Notables of the name Paray (post 1700)
- Paul Paray (1886-1979), French conductor, organist and composer