Tray name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Tray

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  1. A submission from Australia says the name Tray means "Strong as Iron" and is of Welsh origin.
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Tray
To betray; to deceive.

Etymology: OF. traïr, F. trahir, L. tradere. See Traitor

noun Tray
  1. A small trough or wooden vessel, sometimes scooped out of a block of wood, for various domestic uses, as in making bread, chopping meat, etc.
  2. A flat, broad vessel on which dishes, glasses, etc., are carried; a waiter; a salver.
  3. A shallow box, generally without a top, often used within a chest, trunk, box, etc., as a removable receptacle for small or light articles.

Etymology: OE. treye, AS. treg. Cf. Trough

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. An open receptacle for holding or displaying or serving articles or food

From Middle English treye, from Old English trēġ, trīġ (“wooden board, tray”), from Proto-Germanic *trawją (“wooden vessel”), from Proto-Indo-European *drewo-, *dóru (“tree; wood”). Cognate with Old Norse treyja (“carrier”), Old Swedish trø (“wooden grain measure”), Low German Treechel (“dough trough”), Ancient Greek δρουίτη (drouítē, “tub, vat”), Sanskrit द्रोण (droṇa, “trough”). Related to trough and tree.

  1. A small, typically rectangular or round, flat, and rigid object upon which things are carried.
    I carefully arranged the dishes on the and brought it upstairs.
  2. A flat carrier for items being transported.
    Make sure that of eggs is properly loaded.
  3. The items on a full tray.
    Before long they had consumed a whole of shrimp cocktails and sent for another.
  4. A component of a device into which an item is placed for use in the device's operations.
    The CD will not open.
    The loader is responsible for placing the work on the for the plating machines.
  5. (computing, graphical user interface, informal)  A notification area used for icons and alerts.
  6. (Australia) (pickup) truck bed
    Synonym: bed

From Middle English traye, treie, from Old English trega (“misfortune, misery, trouble, grief, pain”), from Proto-Germanic *tregô (“mourning”), from Proto-Indo-European *dregʰ- (“unwilling, sullen, slack”). Cognate with Icelandic tregi (“sorrow, grief”), Gothic 𐍄𐍂𐌹𐌲𐍉 (trigō, “grief”).

  1. (obsolete) trouble; annoyance; anger

From Middle English trayen, treien, from Old English tregian (“to trouble, harass, vex”), from Proto-Germanic *tregōną (“to become tedious, become lazy, sadden”), from Proto-Indo-European *dregʰ- (“unwilling, sullen, slack”).

From Middle English trayen, from Old French trair (“to betray”), from Latin tradō (“hand over, betray”). More at betray.

    tray was also found in the following language(s): Kavalan

    Notable Persons Named Tray

    Notable Persons Named Tray

    Tray Walker

    Tray Walker is a football player for the Baltimore Ravens. Tray was born on August 5th, 1992 in Miami.

    Tray Deee

    Tray Deee is a west coast hip hop and gangsta rap rapper, author, and rapping. They were most prominent from 1994 to present. Tray was given the name Tracy Lamar Davis on April 27th, 1966. Tray is also known as Tray Dee and Big Tray Deee.

    Tray Blackmon

    Tray Blackmon is an athlete. Tray was born on October 20th, 1985 in LaGrange, Georgia.

    Tray Chaney

    Tray Chaney is an actor and television actor.

    Tray Grinter

    Tray was born in 1885. He passed away in 1966.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Tray

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Tray

    Jim Tray

    Jim Tray was a baseball. Jim was born on February 14th, 1860 in Jackson, Michigan. He left this life on July 28th, 1905.


    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Tray U.S.
      White 74.74% 64.26%
      African American 7.73% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 11.60% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.84% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Tray

    People with the last name Tray are most frequently White or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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    Fun Facts about the name Tray

  1. How Popular is the name Tray? Tray is the 8,420th most popular name of all time. As a last name Tray was the 53,316th most popular name in 2010.
  2. How many people with the first name Tray have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,493 babies born with the first name Tray in the United States. That's more than enough people named Tray to occupy the territory of Christmas Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 1,462 (as of June 30, 2010).
  3. What year were 5 or more babies first named Tray? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1959 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  4. When was Tray first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Tray is Friday, August 2nd, 1895.
  5. What year had the most people named Tray born? The highest recorded use of the first name Tray was in 1993 with a total of 83 babies.
  6. Random Tray Factoid: According to the 1968 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Tray is not a popular baby boy's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Texas have the same name in 1968.
  7. Weird things about the name Tray: The name spelled backwards is Yart. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Rtya. How do you pronounce that?
  8. How many people have the last name Tray? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 388 people with the last name Tray.
  9. How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Tray? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Tray as their last name since less than 1 person in 769k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
  10. Tray name meaning

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