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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.

Pray Early Origins



The surname Pray was 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.

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Pray Spelling Variations


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Pray Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Prater, Preater, Prather, Pretor, Prether and many more.

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Pray Early History


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Pray Early History



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Pray Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Pray Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Pray 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 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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

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Contemporary Notables of the name Pray (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Pray (post 1700)



  • 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

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  5. 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.
  6. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  7. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  10. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
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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.

This page was last modified on 9 March 2016 at 15:17.

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