Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived as a local name for a secluded nook or corner of land, derived from the Old Norse word "vra" 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.
Early Origins of the Wrey family
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. 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) 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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
Early History of the Wrey family
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Wrey Spelling Variations
spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Wrey family name include Wray, Wraye, Wrey, Wreye and others.
Early Notables of the Wrey family (pre 1700)
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...
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Migration of the Wrey family to Ireland
Some of the Wrey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Wrey family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Wrey surname or a spelling variation of the name include:
Wrey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Wrey (post 1700)
The Wrey 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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