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since 1880
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Fun Facts about the name Pray

  • How many people with the first name Pray have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 6 babies born with the first name Pray in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Pray? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2013 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Pray first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Pray is Sunday, January 1st, 1950.
  • What year had the most people named Pray born? The highest recorded use of the first name Pray was in 2013 with a total of 6 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Pray: Your name in reverse order is Yarp. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Payr. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Pray? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 3,773 people with the last name Pray.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Pray? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Pray as their last name.
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Popularity of Pray as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Pray U.S.
  White 84.10% 64.26%
  African American 9.12% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.69% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.53% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.04% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.53% 16.26%

Of Last Name Pray

People with the last name Pray are most frequently White

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Pray" mean? The list below shows the origins of Pray as well as things modernly associated with the name Pray such as celebrities named Pray.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun and verb Pray
See Pry.
verb Pray
To make request with earnestness or zeal, as for something desired; to make entreaty or supplication; to offer prayer to a deity or divine being as a religious act; specifically, to address the Supreme Being with adoration, confession, supplication, and thanksgiving.

Etymology: OE. preien, OF. preier, F. prier, L. precari, fr. prex precis, a prayer, a request; akin to Skr. prach to ask, AS. frignan frīnan fricgan, G. fragen, Goth. fraíhnan. Cf. Deprecate Imprecate Precarious

verb Pray
  1. To address earnest request to; to supplicate; to entreat; to implore; to beseech."And as this earl was preyed, so did he." [Chaucer.]"We pray you . . . by ye reconciled to God." [2 Cor. v. 20.]
  2. To ask earnestly for; to seek to obtain by supplication; to entreat for."I know not how to pray your patience." [Shak.]
  3. To effect or accomplish by praying; as, to pray a soul out of purgatory.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Call upon in supplication; entreat
  2. Address a deity, a prophet, a saint or an object of worship; say a prayer ("pray to the Lord")

From Middle English preien, from Anglo-Norman preier, from Old French preier, proier, (French prier), from Late Latin *precāre, from Latin precārī, present active infinitive of precor, from prex, precis (“a prayer, a request”). Cognate via Indo-European of Old English frignan, fricgan, German fragen, Dutch vragen. Confer deprecate, imprecate, precarious.

Other Inspirations for the Name Pray

Pray 4 Love
Pray As You Go
Pray For You
Pray Mantis
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Pray The Rosary
Pray Time
Pray To God
Pray To God Lyrics
Pray Without Ceasing

What does the name Pray mean?

Pis for pastimes, for you have many.

Ris for refreshing, the sparkling you.

Ais for activities, for you have many.

Yis for yes, always open to new possibilities

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