The English surname Wray is an habitational name from any of various minor places in northern England named Wray, Wrea, or Wreay. The name is derived from the Old Norse term vrá meaning “nook, corner, or recess.” The name is first found in Lancashire, in the north of England, where the village of Wray is recorded in the early 13th Century. The name is first recorded in the New World in 1634 when Daniel Wray arrived in Massachusetts from England. Today there are approximately 15,000 bearers of the name Wray living in the United States.
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