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The ancestors of the bearers of the Wray family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found as a local name for a secluded nook or corner of land, derived from the Old Norse word "vra" [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
. The second possible origin was as a nickname for a person with twisted or crooked features.

Wray Early Origins



The surname Wray was first found in Lancashire where Wray is a small village, part of the civil parish of Wray-with-Botton and in 2001 had a population of 521. This village dates back to at least 1227 when the village was named Wra. There is also a Wray in High Cumbria complete with Wray Castle which dates back to c. 1535 when it was spelled Wraye and a Wrea Green in Lancashire which dates back the farthest in 1201 with the spelling of Wra. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
This latter reference is larger of the two Lancashire references as in 2001, 1600 people lived there. The Domesday Book lists the name Wray (spelled Werei) [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
as land held by Godwine in Devon and comprised land for 6 ploughs, 8 acres of meadows and 5 acres of pasture. And it is in Devon that Robert le Wrey who lived in the second year of King Stephen (1136-1137) and whose son was seated at Wrey, in parish of Moreton-Hamstead claimed their origins. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.

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Wray Spelling Variations


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Wray Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Wray include Wray, Wraye, Wrey, Wreye and others.

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Wray Early History


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Wray Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wray research. Another 265 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1611, 1555, 1617, 1660, 1626, 1669, 1524, 1592, 1555, 1617, 1592, 1586, 1655, 1601, 1646, 1625, 1669, 1645, 1660, 1619, 1664, 1654, 1653, 1696 and are included under the topic Early Wray History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wray Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wray Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of this surname at this time include Sir Christopher Wray (1524-1592), an English judge and Chief Justice of the King’s Bench; Sir William Wray, 1st Baronet, of Glentworth, Lincolnshire (c 1555-1617), English politician, appointed High Sheriff of Lincolnshire in 1592; Sir John Wray, 2nd Baronet (1586-1655), English politician, supporter of...

Another 97 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wray Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wray In Ireland


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Wray In Ireland



Some of the Wray family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 135 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Wray or a variant listed above:

Wray Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Daniel Wray, who landed in Massachusetts in 1634
  • Ralph Wray settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Ralph Wray, aged 64, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Thomas Wray settled in Virginia in 1636
  • Thomas Wray, who landed in Virginia in 1636
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Wray Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • George Wray, who landed in New York in 1785
  • John Wray, who landed in Mississippi in 1799

Wray Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert Wray, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1802
  • James Wray, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815
  • William Wray, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815
  • Elizabeth Wray, who arrived in New York, NY in 1836
  • Benjamin Wray, who arrived in New York, NY in 1836
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Wray Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. John Wray U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [4]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

Wray Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • R.M. Wray arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Posthumous" in 1849
  • James Wray, aged 19, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Victoria Regia"

Wray Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Henry Wray landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842
  • James Wray arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wyvern" in 1856
  • William I. Wray, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874
  • Mary J. Wray, aged 26, a servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874
  • Agnes Wray, aged 20, a servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "India" in 1875
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wray (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wray (post 1700)



  • Bill Wray, American musician, composer and producer
  • Fred Lincoln "Link" Wray Jr (1929-2005), American rock and roll guitarist, songwriter and vocalist, nominee for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013
  • John Wray (1887-1940), American character actor
  • Fay Wray (1907-2004), Canadian-born, American actress, best remembered for her role in the 1933 movie "King Kong"
  • Bill Wray (b. 1956), American cartoonist and landscape painter
  • Sir William James Wray (1771-1809), 15th Baronet of Glentworth, Lincolnshire
  • Sir William Ullithorne Wray (1721-1808), 14th Baronet of Glentworth, Lincolnshire
  • Sir Cecil Wray (1734-1805), 13th Baronet of Glentworth, Lincolnshire
  • Jackson Wray (b. 1990), English rugby union player
  • John Wray (1782-1869), first Receiver of the London Metropolitan Police
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Wray


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Suggested Readings for the name Wray



  • Kit, Kin & Kaboodle of Wilkins Wray by Bob Milner.

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Motto


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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: En juste et vray
Motto Translation: In justice and truth.


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Wray Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  4. ^ 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. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  3. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  5. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  6. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  10. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  11. ...

The Wray Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wray 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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