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Re: Anyone know the origin of the name?
Posted by: David Fray Date: July 14, 2001 at 13:46:06
In Reply to: Anyone know the origin of the name? by Jonathan Fray of 140

Jonathan, I suppose a corruption of a French word for brother is likely. My family immigrated to the US from Guebviller, Alsace, France. Upon arrival they changed the spelling from Frey to Fray to accomodate the correct pronunciation of the name in French; the German pronunciation of Frey being objectionable. Doris Freytag of Guebviller, France has authored a book available in the Family History Center at Guebviller which attributes the name Frey to mean "free" and refers to serfs in the 14th century that had gained freedom. I believe different families immigrated to English speaking countries with the common connection being that the closest English pronunciation to their surname was best spelled Fray. The Fray families seem to have roots in England, Jamaica, and France. There may be a common connection to Alsace in the 14th century.

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