It is a primarily agricultural commune (bovine breeding, dairy production and cereals). In extreme cases northern of the commune, one finds an affluent of the Seille, Nard.
The toponymy of the place would come from a name of anybody Gallic Senurius with which one had associated the suffix - acum. In accordance with the use in Romance Lorraine, Xanrey decided/ʃɑ̃ʁe/a long time, one thus found the orthography Chanré or Shanré . Today /ks ɑ̃ʁɛ/rather is pronounced but the visitors often say/ɡzɑ̃ʁe/.
One found the remainders of a cemetery mérovingien on the hill between Juvrecourt and Xanrey.
Its foundation would go back to year 521. It was yielded to by a lord to the church Saint-Saver of Metz, this donation was confirmed in 1050.
In 1255, first mention that Xanrey, then annexes parish of Moyenvic, depend on évêché on Metz for the temporal one and of Toul for the spiritual one. Under the old mode it will be thus a Généralité and a habit of évêché Metz-native, depend on the Baillage of Vic-on-Pail It was then a commune of the department of the Meurthe.
It was formerly vicariate-resident, but in 1822 the commune was an appendix of the parish of Juvrecourt. It gathered 392 inhabitants then, representing 92 hearths and 64 dwellings. Its surface 749 hectare was devoted for 667 ha to the ploughings, 70 with the meadows and 7 with the vines. Then the 4th Armored Division maintains there a line defensive from September 27th to October 11th. November 8th the first battalion of the 101 of infantry, ordered by the lieutenant colonel L. Mr. Kirk will carry out an attack of diversion on Xanrey during the release of Moyenvic All the dwellings are shaven and only the church, from which the bell-tower fell on the road, still has some walls which could be preserved. With 99% of subjugated constructions to the real estate tax destroyed, Xanrey was the most touched commune canton of Vic-on-Pail. After the war, the inhabitants will live several years in hutments out of wooden before their houses are not rebuilt.
Xanrey is twinned with the commune of Voussac (Allier).
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