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Possible orgins (aka Re: "Dray" surname)
Posted by: Jacques Dray Date: September 14, 1998 at 10:57:47
In Reply to: Re: by Toni Rodgers of 237

As far as I know, there are at least many different versions on how Dray became, well, Dray.

1) It is a corruption of Drew (from the ancient Irish "droig" or Druid).
2) It is Germanic in origin. I think the root would be "traegan" or "to drag". The word "dray" describes a type of wagon used to carry ales.
3) It is French/Burgundian in origin. From the old French "du Rey" or "from the king".
4) Spanish? "del Rey"?
5) I was told by my father that it may be Arabic in origin, derived from "dra'i", meaning "arm".
6) A derivative from "Andre".

That's what I've got, so far. Cheers, eh?

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