Cray Family History

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Cray Name Meaning

Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Craobhaigh ‘descendant of Craobhach’, a byname meaning ‘curly(-headed)’ or ‘prolific’ (from craobh ‘branch’, ‘bough’). Compare Creevy. Respelling of German Kray or Krey.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Cryan, Troy, Coan, Craw, Gray, Crary, Crady, Kray, Croy, Fray

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Cray Family Origin

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Cray Family Occupations

What did your Cray ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Cray. 22% of Cray men worked as a General Labourer and 82% of Cray women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cray were Lorry Driver and Domestic Duties Unpaid

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Retired
  • Lorry Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Domestic Duties
  • Domestic Duties Unpaid

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Cray Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 51,000 census records available for the last name Cray. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cray census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Cray. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Cray. For the veterans among your Cray ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Cray Life Expectancy

What is the average Cray lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Cray life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Cray in 1956 was 51, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Cray

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