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  • Abemlich McNeal Ray, Sr. (1837 - 1922)
    Abemlich McNeal “Abe” Ray, Sr BIRTH 20 May 1837 DEATH 13 Aug 1922 (aged 85) BURIAL Doty Springs Cemetery Kosciusko, Attala County, Mississippi, USA MEMORIAL ID 9733343 · View SourceMEMORIAL PHOTOS 2 F...
  • Adil Ray
    Adil Ray, OBE= From Wikipedia: Adil Ray, OBE (born 26 April 1974) is a British actor, comedian and radio and television presenter. He stars in the BBC One comedy Citizen Khan, which he created and co-w...
  • Agnes Ray (c.1754 - d.)
  • Albert Joseph Ray (1897 - 1944)
    Find a Grave Birth: Aug. 28, 1897Death: Feb. 5, 1944Motion Picture Director. Directed motion pictures of the 1920s and 1930s. (bio by: A.J. Marik) Family links: Spouse:*Roxana McGowan (1897 - 1976)**...
  • Alexander Ray (1819 - 1863)
    Alexander Ray BIRTH 1819 South Carolina, USA DEATH 14 Oct 1863 (aged 43–44) Fort Delaware, New Castle County, Delaware, USA BURIAL Finn's Point National Cemetery Pennsville, Salem County, New Jersey, ...

About the Ray surname

Quoted from Ray-Rhea-Rea-Wray Surname Project on FTDNA.

Original text by:
Jonathan Blakey, Project Administrator - Ray-Rhea-Rea-Wray Surname Project, on the project's home page at

"Information about the meaning of the surname is from: The Dictionary of American Family Names, edited by Patrick Hank. Oxford University Press, 2005.

1. English (of Norman origin): nickname denoting someone who behaved in a regal fashion or who had earned the title in some contest of skill or by presiding over festivities, from Old French rey, roy ‘king’. Occasionally this was used as a personal name.

2. English: nickname for a timid person, from Middle English ray ‘female roe deer’ or northern Middle English ray ‘roebuck’.

3. English: variant of Rye (1 and 2).

4. English: habitational name, a variant spelling of Wray.

5. Scottish: reduced and altered form of McRae.

6. French: from a noun derivative of Old French - raier ‘to gush, stream, or pour’, hence a topographic name for someone who lived near a spring or rushing stream, or a habitational name from a place called Ray.

7. Indian: variant of Rai.

8. Spanish: Rey, Hebrew origin

Some of you may have Irish ancestry. According to Edward MacLysaght's Guide to Irish Surnames, Ray may be a corrupt form of Reavey or a variant of Rea or Wray. Rea is a version of MacCrea, Reagh, Reavey and Wray."

Apologies for any infractions in citation. The entire text was edited to remove statements not directly related to the origin of the Ray name or variants.

Dwight Ray