Wray 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 Wray

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Wray
To reveal; to disclose.

Etymology: AS. wr�gan to accuse. See Bewray


From Middle English wrayen, wraien, wreien (“to show, make known, accuse”), from Old English wrēġan (“to urge, incite, stir up, accuse, impeach”), from Proto-Germanic *wrōgijaną (“to tell; tell on; announce; accuse”), from Proto-Indo-European *were-, *wrē- (“to tell; speak; shout”). Akin to Dutch wroegen (“to blame”), German rügen (“to reprove”), Swedish röja (“to bewray; reveal; expose”).

Notable Persons Named Wray

Notable Persons Named Wray

Wray Carlton

Wray Carlton is a football player. Wray was born on June 18th, 1937 in Wallace, North Carolina.

Wray Thomas

Wray Thomas is a --05- 21st Mayor of Columbus, Member of the Ohio House of Representatives, and Ohio House of Representatives. Wray was born in 1810 in Richmond, Virginia.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Wray

Notable Persons With the Last Name Wray

Fay Wray

Fay Wray was an actress. She has had major accomplishments since 1923. Fay was given the name Vina Fay Wray on September 15th, 1907 in Cardston. She breathed her last breath on August 8th, 2004.

Tera Wray

Tera was given the name Tera Elizabeth Lents on April 14th, 1982 in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S. She died on January 13th, 2016.

Link Wray

Link Wray was a rock, roll, rockabilly, and country music musician. He plays Guitar, vocals, bass guitar, Steel guitar, Gibson Les Paul, and Gibson SG. His career lasted from 1956 to 2005. Link was given the name Fred Lincoln Wray, Jr. on May 2nd, 1929 in Dunn, North Carolina, U.S. He breathed his last breath on November 5th, 2005.

Collin Raye

Collin Raye is a country music musician. He plays Bass guitar and Vocals. He has been prominent since 1983. Collin was given the name Floyd Collin Wray on August 22nd, 1960 in De Queen, Arkansas. Collin is also known as Bubba Wray.

Nicole Wray

Nicole Wray is a contemporary r&b and hip hop music singing. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1997 to present. Nicole was given the name Nicole Monique Wray on May 2nd, 1981. Nicole is also known as Nicole, Nikki Wray, and Nicole Ray.

Emma Wray

Emma Wray is an actress. Emma was born on March 22nd, 1965 in Birkenhead, Cheshire, England, UK. Emma is also known as Jill Wray.

  • Jackson Wray
  • Christopher Wray
  • Lud Wray
    Football Player
  • Jr. Robert O. Wray
  • Michael H. Wray
  • John Griffith Wray
  • Dick Wray
  • Henry Wray
    Military Person
  • Susan Wray
  • Albert A Wray
  • Lisa Wray
  • William Wray
    Member of the Washington House of Representatives for the 43rd District

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Wray U.S.
  White 82.64% 64.26%
  African American 12.28% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.53% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.48% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.28% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.79% 16.26%

Of Last Name Wray

People with the last name Wray are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Wray

  • How Popular is the name Wray? Wray is the 11,804th most popular name of all time. As a last name Wray was the 2,367th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Wray have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 881 babies born with the first name Wray in the United States. That's more than enough people named Wray to occupy the country of Vatican City with an estimated population of 800 (as of March 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Wray? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1906 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Wray first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Wray is Friday, February 15th, 1878.
  • What year had the most people named Wray born? The highest recorded use of the first name Wray was in 1927 with a total of 28 babies.
  • Random Wray Factoid: According to the 1958 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Wray is not a popular baby girl's name in Ohio. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Ohio have the same name in 1958.
  • Weird things about the name Wray: The name spelled backwards is Yarw. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Yraw. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Wray? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 15,405 people with the last name Wray.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Wray? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 5 of them will have Wray as their last name.
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