Le Ray

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Susanne Le Ray married Jean Noel at St Martin in 1742

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Origins of surname

Theories for the origins of Le Ray abound. One view is that the name is derived from the old French rai, signifying a 'ray of light' or perhaps 'jet of water'. Others believe that Leray is a variant of Lerey, which is itself a western dialect version in France of Leroy, derived from roi (king). This would suggest that the name was given not to a monarch, but a common man with airs and graces beyond his status.

It is believed that Le Ray and Le Roy, which both appear in Jersey records, are distinct families.

Early records

Le Ray baptisms first appear in the St Martin register in 1596, and for a long time the family was concentrated here, and in neighbouring Grouville. A branch of the family established in St Helier early in the 18th century.

Le Roy is a much smaller family, from St Brelade, St Peter and St Lawrence, before also becoming established in St Helier in the early 19th century.

Variants

  • Le Ray, 1548
  • Leray
  • Leroy
  • Le Roy
  • Roy

Family records

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Le Ray family members who served in World War 1


  • William John Philip Le Ray (1868- ), Mercantile Marine


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Family wills


These wills created by members of the Le Ray family are now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, dates and reference numbers shown here, it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. To find out more about this collection, which covers the period from 1663 to 1948, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page

  • David Le Ray of St Helier, bequeaths to the poor of St Helier, £33 6 sous 8 deniers of the order of the King 17 September 1813 - D/Y/A/18
  • Elizabeth Le Ray of St Martin, desires to be buried in St Martin's Cemetery, bequeaths to the poor of St Martin 3s - 8 December 1868, D/Y/A/34
  • Elizabeth Le Ray of St Helier, bequeaths to the poor of St Helier 10s - 17 September 1897, D/Y/A/56
  • Emelie Le Ray, 21 Clearview Street, St Helier - 11 September 1926, D/Y/A/86
  • George Le Ray, L'Heritage, Noirmont, St Brelade - 19 July 1935, D/Y/A/97
  • Jean Le Ray 19 August 1732 - D/Y/A/6
  • John Le Ray of St Martin, now of St Helier 11 October 1861 - D/Y/A/30
  • Rachel Le Ray of Commercial House, Georgetown, St Saviour, widow of Frederick Hotton - 6 October 1900, D/Y/A/59

Family gravestones

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