Family History and Genealogy Resources by Surname
Ray Surname Origin
Origin: Dutch. Roemur, one who extols, praises, boasts. Raumer, German, a person employed in clearing or cleaning.
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
Ray Surname Meaning and Family Facts
There is more to Ray family history than the origin of your surname:
A Ray Family History Thought:
'People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors.' --Edmund Burk