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Origins Available: English, Irish
The Pray surname comes from the word Latin "praetor," and was a term used for a reeve, the chief magistrate or bailiff of a district.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Prater, Preater, Prather, Pretor, Prether and many more.
First found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1150 when Willelmus Pretor held estates in that shire.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pray research. Another 276 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1208, 1455, and 1487 are included under the topic Early Pray History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Pray Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Pray Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Quentin Pray, who arrived in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1645
- Richard Pray, who landed in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1645
- John Pray, who landed in Braintree, Massachusetts in 1657
- Ephraim Pray, who landed in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1680
Pray Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Hugh Pray, aged 30, arrived in New York in 1812
- Alvin Pray, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
- Ignacio Pray, aged 26, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1850
- Atwill Pray, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
Pray Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. John Pray U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784
- Isaac Clark Pray (1813-1869), American author and playwright
- Irving R. Pray, American football coach at Louisiana State University
- W. Steven Pray, American pharmacist and academic, recipient of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy's Henry Cade Memorial Award (2008)
- Doug Pray, American documentary film director, cinematographer, and editor
- Jack Pray (1872-1948), Scottish footballer
- György Pray (1723-1801), Hungarian Jesuit abbot and canon
- Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
- Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
- Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
- Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
- Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
- Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
- Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
- Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
- Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
The Pray Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pray Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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