Pray Family History

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Pray Name Meaning

Irish (chiefly County Down): variant of Prey. English: topographic name for someone who lived by a meadow, from Middle English pre(y), Old French pree ‘meadow’, or a habitational name from any of the minor places deriving their name from this word, of which there are several examples in Surrey.

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


Similar surnames: Ray, Pay, Gray, Prey, Pry, Bray, Dray, Wray, Bay, Day

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Pray Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Pray name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Pray. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales

    47%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    19%

  • Germanic Europe

    8%

  • Norway

    4%

  • France

    4%

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Pray Family Origin

Where is the Pray family from?

Pray Family Occupations

What did your Pray ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Pray family was Stevedore. Masons Labourer, Master Coffin Maker Coffin Funeral and Platelayer (Railway) were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Pray. The most common Pray occupation in the UK was Masons Labourer. 20% of Pray's were Masons Labourers.

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  • Masons Labourer

    20%
  • Master Coffin Maker Coffin Funeral

    20%
  • Platelayer (Railway)

    20%
  • Stevedore

    20%

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Pray Historical Records

What Pray family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 28,000 census records available for the last name Pray. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pray 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 Pray. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Pray. For the veterans among your Pray ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Pray Life Expectancy

What is the average Pray lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Pray life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Pray in 1950 was 74, and 78 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Pray 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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