Dray Family History

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Dray Name Meaning

English: from Middle English dregh, probably as a nickname from any of its several senses: ‘lasting’, ‘patient’, ‘slow’, ‘tedious’, ‘doughty’. Alternatively, in some cases, the name may derive from Old English dr¯ge ‘dry’, ‘withered’, also applied as a nickname.

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

Similar surnames: Ray, Pray, Gray, Day, Tray, Bay, Bray, Drag, Wray, Fray

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Dray Family Origin

Where is the Dray family from?

Dray Family Occupations

What did your Dray ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Agricultural Labourer, Carpenter and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Dray. A less common occupation for the Dray family was Labourer. The most common Dray occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 7% of Dray's were Agricultural Labourers.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Carpenter

  • Farmer

  • Labourer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Dray ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Dray Historical Records

What Dray family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 28,000 census records available for the last name Dray. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dray 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Dray. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Dray. For the veterans among your Dray ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Dray Life Expectancy

What is the average Dray lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Dray life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1982. The average life expectancy for Dray in 1954 was 63, and 77 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Dray

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Dray ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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