Last name: Wray

This interesting name is of Old Norse origin, dating from the 8th and 9th Centuries, when much of northern and north-western England was invaded and subsequently settled by Scandinavians. Wray and its variant forms, found mainly as Wra and Wroe, is a locational surname, deriving from any of the places in Lancashire and Cumberland named with the Old Norse "vra", nook, corner, recess, used in placenames to denote a remote valley or isolated place. The places in Lancashire named with this element are Wray, High Wray, Wrayton, and Wrea, all mostly recorded in the 13th Century as "Wra", while in Cumberland there is the place called Wreay, and a place near Carlisle formerly named "peterelwra" (1286), from the river Petteril. Some bearers of the modern surname may derive their name from a topographical use, denoting residence in such a remote and isolated place. One Ralph in le Wra is recorded in Yorkshire in 1260. William Wray and Lucye Montagewe were married in London on April 6th 1580. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Tomas de Wra, which was dated 1196, The Yorkshire Pipe Rolls, during the reign of King Richard 1, "Richard the Lionheart", 1189 - 1199, Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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matthew wray jones

My mother was a wray, I was born in Michigan (detroit) ....any kinfolk?

vivien wray

I am a Wray by marriage,my Father in Law was called William and His Brother James,they also had a Sister called Mary (I think) the Family was split up because their Parents died ,Father in the first W War with I am told about 11 other Members of His Family .I was told that the Family were Miner,s from the North of England and my Father in Law ,s Hair was very Dark like my Son Andrew,s .I have two Son,s Stewart and Andrew and a Grandson Jason but He has not been given His Father,s Name and so the Name Wray will come to an end in our Branch of the Family because my Son Andrew will not have any Children.

Andrew Wray
I thought I was a sterotypical Wray coming from Lancashire England but appears that we are from everywhere and anywhere but Lancashire!

Finn McCool Wray
Hi Im Finn Wray, my fathers name is David William Fredrick Wray, he was born and bred in London. He immigrated to New Zealand in the early 1950's. (died 2001) I heard stories that i had more family in the U.K from his first marriage i would love to here from you. You can reach me on

Derek Wray
Hi, I am a Wray, born and raised in the United States, I've been able to trace my roots back to Thomas Wray, born 1762 in North Carolina. I am interested in learning more about my history, and the history of this surname. I have heard conflicting stories( Norse, Anglo Saxon, Norman, etc)... Feel free to email me at to share info.

Debbie Wray Murphy
I have seen many Wrays in NC that were Native Americans. There was a Indian Census done during that time. Look your ancestors up there.

Ashley Wray
I Derek. Im Ashley Wray and I currently live in north carolina. My grandfather was Jack Wray. He had three brothers. Floyd, Daniel, and Robert. He also had one sister Lilly. His father was Clifford Wray. In my research I Came across a Thomas Wray. I just cant recall where. (:

Matthew Wood

I had a great uncle named Floyd Wray. He built a home in South Florida in 1933 and was married to Jane (do not know maiden name) Wray.

Issy Wray
My name is Isabelle Wray and I was born in London. My dad is called Nicholas Wray and I have many reletives on his side with Wray as the surname :p

Neave Wray
hello in proud to be a wray too :)

Looking for Alex Wray (1881) that lived in glenolden PA in 1920, Married to Katherine

Cheryl Wray
I was born in the UK as a first generation black british girl and Wray is my maiden name with my family being from Jamaica. I can't see how I ended up with a Lancashire name when my father only came to the UK in 1972. It's quite hard to trace your family tree when you've not originated from the UK :-(

cheryl wray
hello my name is also cheryl wray i cant believe other people have the same name i was born in london in 1991 i love being a Wray nice to meet you x

Hello Cheryl my name is Stefanie my mother's name is Phyllis Wray and her father's name Wray and um I don't know too much about the family history but I was wanting to find out more you can contact me email slbrink31@gmail. Com. We're from Tennessee born and raised. Would like to know more about my roots.

Sean wray
My name is sean wray and I am from North Dakota

Seona Wray
Hello my name is Seona Wray and I am from Guyana, my father's name is Godfrey Wray. Wow I heard that the Wray's family is big but, I honestly was not expecting this. It is however exciting to know

sharlon wray
I'm also from Jamaica, and I believe that the reason why Wray could be originally from England is because we were colonized by them them for hundreds of years.

Gina Wray

Wray's are not originally from England. They are Norse Vikings that decided to stay and farm in England after raiding. :-)

Justin Wray
I'm from Salem, Arkansas. My father is Norman Wray. My grandfather was Olen Wray. Don't really know much past that. If anyone has any info on these people, please email me.

Dave Wray
Hi All my name is also David S. Wray. My family orgins are from Jamaica and the founders of the Infamous Rum Distillary "J.Wray & Nephew"....I am orginally from London England but moved to the United States in the early 80's in my early teens.....Even though I am of a mixed ethnic group I am proud to be a WRAY and honored of the Historic Heritiage this name possesses.....Greetings to all my family


Hi Dave, I am looking up my family's Wray connections in Jamaica and would love to hear more about what you know!

David wray
Hi everyone I'm David wray from Glasgow Scotland trying to find out about my aunt who left lifford strabane northern Ireland who moved to America she married a native American her name was daisy wray I'd be interested to find out about her and her family.

shane wray
My name is Shane Wray from Walla Walla, WA. My great-grandfather was John Wray, the character actor. My grandfather was Jerald Wray (Jack). My grandfathers cousin was Fay Wray. Don't know too much about my grandfathers side though. It'd be interesting to find out more.

Kelly O Wray
this may be interesting my step fathers name was Ronald V Wray and through the years as my dad he always told us he was related to faye Wray in "original King Kong". He never had much to do with any family until just before he passed away. He had a sister named Sandy lives up toward seattle, I grew up in Hermiston. email

Will Wray
my name is william wray and i would like to find out if i have any reletives please email me

Emily Wray
im emily wray and this honestly has nothing to do with my history my great grandfather was full blooded apache indian and he adopted the last name wray i want to find out about that history like who he was

Debbie Wray Murphy
Hey Emily! My Wray family keeps telling me we have native american in our blood line but I have only seen photos. I am searching for my history. My Wrays lived in Virginia, Tn and KY during the 1800's. Of course that is relative. Virginia was a huge area then. I have seen many Wrays on the Indian census roll. Check there for your family. :) My Wray family is kind, generous, fun loving, and wonderful. Always make a person welcome and friendly to all.

Teresa Wray Thompson
Hi all! My name is Teresa Wray Thompson. I am from Gallipolis Ohio. There is a small group of Wray's from there, some. Some I am related to. There is also Ray's that I am related to. But not many. Here in the states not many Wray's. Of course we come from Europe. Could we be related?

Thomas Wray
My name is Thomas Wray from Roanoke Virginia. As near as I can find, the Wrays came to Virginia between 1617 and 1630, from England, either Yorkshire, Cumberland or the Midlands. My aunt, along with her cousin in Texas, traced the family back 11 generations. Just prior to and after the American Civil War, a number of the boys from Franklin County Virginia moved West, to Texas, Indiana, perhaps to Colorado. Needless to say, I am quite proud to be both a Wray and a Virginian.

Thomas N. Wray
I am Thomas Wray from Lawrence County Indiana. I am currently stationed in Norfolk and am wondering if you know if there are any records remaining in your local courthouse. I suspect the civil war was not kind to documents pre 1861. Any infomation would be nice.

Donna Jane Wray
My great-grandfather, George Henry Wray came to Utah from Ohio. As far as I know he was the only child of many to leave the area. It strikes me especially odd that he was not a Mormon nor did he ever become one, so why did he leave what I understand was a large family and move so far away. Can you give me some of your family names, perhaps some will match up with what I have? I've never met another Wray and would love to track down any relatives.

Hannah Wray
Hi all the other Wrays out there, I live in London, there are a few of us here

Jeremy Wray
My name is Jeremy Wray. My brother Jonas and I are professional skateboarders from California. We have an older brother named Jaz Wray. Our father, known to most as Buck Wray was from Oklahoma where his dad Jack Wray raised him and his brother Mark. I've heard we have Cherokee Indian lineage. I would love to know more about our family tree. Pleasure to meet all of you other Wrays on here. Keep representing the family well all around the globe!

Anita Wray-White

Your photos are on my Pinterest board under Wray family. My son skateboards and my grandson is learning. My dad was James William Wray and his father Dr James W Wray both were in Iowa but my dad joined WWII as a pilot and stayed 20 years. I have 4 grown children and one grandson. I love art and have done water colors and mixed media. Interesting to hear your history.

alex wray
I am proud to be a Wray.

My grandparents are wray so what does that mean?

David Miller
My grandmothers name was Mary Wray. She grew up in South Forks PA but her grandparents were from England.

Greg Wray
I am from Tuscaloosa Alabama my family came here from marshal county Alabama

John Wray
My great-grandparents Enos & Martha Wray joined the LDS church and came to the U.S. from Lancashire, England with my grandfather John and his brothers Hyrum and James in 1872. Anyone out there with this common ancestor.

james wray
Iam james wray and iam from leeds yorkshire grandad was terrence wray

Tony wray
I am your brother

randy wray
my name is randolph daniel wray the II and im proud to be a wray

Heather Sweigert
My name is Heather Sweigert, formally Heather Leonardo. My father revealed to me that our surname was supposed to be Wray by birth, but that we were given the name Leonardo after a man named Leonardo married my grandmother Margaret. As far as I know, a large majority of my family lives in New York, around the city. If anyone knew of any information about my family and would be willing to share it with me, please email me at I would love to know more about my family.

krystal wray
i am krystal wray and a know absolutely nothing of my family history.i am jamaican

I am Charlotte Klein, formally Charlotte Wray, I live in Kent although my fathers family all originate in Yorkshire.

Sherry Wray Dupont
My father was Mark Edmund Wray, born, I believe in Calgary Alberta (where he also passed last year). I was hoping to hear from anyone who my have knowledge of the family history!

Benjamin Gage Wray
haha i'm gage wray from arab,al

Stephen Wray.
Stephen Wray from Scarborough Yorkshire,the Vikings got us good.

Shelley (was Shirley) Woodward
I was Shirley Wray before I married, born in Kingston upon Hull Yorkshire do you know anything about our past or where we came from?