Last name origins & meanings:
- 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.
- English: nickname for a timid person, from Middle English
ray ‘female roe deer’ or northern Middle English ray
- English: variant of Rye (1 and 2).
- English: habitational name, a variant spelling of Wray.
- Scottish: reduced and altered form of McRae.
- 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.
- Indian: variant of Rai.
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