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Origins of the Ray surname

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About the Rays

We have a total number of 84373 records for people with the last name Ray.

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Where do most Rays live?

In 1921, most Rays lived in London.


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Interesting facts about Rays

How common is your surname?

657th most common surname in the UK

We have 64,500 records for the Ray surname. The oldest one dates back to 1538.

Who were Rays most likely to marry?

Smiths

&

Williamses

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What are the most common Ray first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Rays

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Rays in 1921
Dressmaker

260

Domestic Servant

186

Laundress

173

General Servant Domestic

142

Living On Own Means

134

Common Male occupations for Rays in 1921
Farm Hands

400

Semiskilled Chauffeurs And Drivers

311

Coal Miner

270

Agricultural Labourer

248

General Labourer

229

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