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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...

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Susan Wrayy born circa 1821 Ireland - d. c. 1893 Canada


I would love to know about the parents of Noble Wray. 1839-1911. Dunkineely, County Donegal. And where Noble and Margaret Wray born Macniely is buried. I tried to locate this information when my family and I were visiting in 2018. I would be so grateful.

Craig Bell

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Noble Wray lived in Dunkineely, Co Donegal. Death date 1911.

Joey Wray

"Our" Wrays have lived in central Pennsylvania for generations. Prior to that we were in Ireland (Ulster plantation?) The farthest back I have found is John Wray married to Rebecca Phillip's. Would love to find others in this line and find out more.


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