Wray Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various minor places in northern England named Wray, Wrea, or Wreay, from Old Norse vrá ‘nook’, ‘corner’, ‘recess’.

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


Similar surnames: Way, Ray, Bray, Gray, Pray, Irby, Fray, Dray, Wear, Gay

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Wray Family Origin

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Wray Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    4%
  • Agricultural Labourer

    2%
  • Coal Miner

    2%
  • Labourer

    2%

In 1881, the most common Wray occupation in the UK was Farmer. 4% of Wray's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Wray family was Labourer. Farmer, Agricultural Labourer and Coal Miner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Wray.

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Wray Historical Records

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Wray Life Expectancy

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United States

Between 1941 and 2004, Wray life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Wray in 1941 was 23, and 74 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Wray

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