When Malinda K Ray was born on 24 January 1844, in Mason, Kentucky, United States, her father, Joseph Smith Ray, was 32 and her mother, Rachel Wheeler Dawson, was 26. She died on 4 January 1865, at the age of 20.
English: from the Middle English personal name Ray or Rey, perhaps a pet form of names beginning in Ray or Rey, especially Raymond .
English: nickname from Old French rei ‘king’, denoting someone who behaved in a regal fashion, one with the bearing of a king, or referring to the mock king or lord in festive games and pageants, e.g. at Christmas, May Day, or harvest. Compare Roy and King .
English: nickname from Middle English ræghe (Old English rǣge) ‘female roe deer’ or in northern England more likely northern Middle English rā, raa, rae, ray (Old English rā) ‘roe deer’, perhaps for a timid person or swift runner. Compare Roe .