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Grau Family History

Grau Name Meaning
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for someone with gray hair or a gray beard, from German grau ‘gray’.Southern French: topographic name for someone who lived near a canal giving access to the sea, Occitan grau (Latin gradus ‘step’).French: from Old French grau denoting a type of agricultural fork with curved tines (apparently of Germanic origin), hence a metonymic occupational name for a maker, seller, or user of such implements.Catalan: topographic name from grau (Latin gradum).Catalan: from a reduced form of the common medieval personal name Guerau (see Gerald).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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70,160 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
6,944 Military Records
5,246 Immigration Records
7,729 Census and Voter Lists
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Name Distribution of Grau Families

  • Number of Grau families
     8 - 13
     3 - 7
     1 - 2
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
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    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Sorry, we couldn't find geographic distribution information for the Grau last name
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

Grau census records

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Grau Family Origin

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Grau Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Grau

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Grau Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Grau census records

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Grau Civil War Service Records

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