• <100 Pray
First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

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Origin and Meaning of Pray

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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.

Notable Persons With the Last Name Pray

Akbar Pray is a leading somebody. Akbar is also known as Akbar Pray.


Jessica Pray is a famous human. She holds the title Miss Muscatine 2011, Miss Iowa 2011, and Miss Iowa2011. Jessica was given the name Jessica Elizabeth Pray on August 20th, 1992 in Johnston, Iowa.


Charles Nelson Pray was a notable person. Charles was born on April 6th, 1868. He left this life on September 12th, 1963.


Charles P. Pray is an important human. Charles was born on August 15th, 1945 in Millinocket, Maine.


Gyorgy Pray was a leading person. Gyorgy was born on September 11th, 1723. He died on September 23rd, 1801.


Irving Pray was a notable somebody. Irving was born on December 25th, 1886 in Natick, Massachusetts. Irving is also known as Pray and Irving Rudolph. He died on August 27th, 1948.


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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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Fun Facts about the name Pray

  • How Popular is the name Pray? Pray is the 77,331st most popular name of all time. As a last name Pray was the 8,700th most popular name in 2010.
  • 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 Yrap. 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.

What Pray's Have Visited This Page?

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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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.