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Grab Family History

Grab Name Meaning

Polish: topographic name from Polish grab ‘hornbeam’. German: topographic name, from Middle High German grabe(n) ‘ditch’, ‘(track alongside a) moat’. This name is also found in the German-speaking part of Switzerland.

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


Similar surnames: Grad, Grau, Graf, Grabe, Gram, Grob, Grass, Gray, Gran, Grahn

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Where is the Grab family from?

You can see how Grab families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Grab family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Grab families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Grab family living in Pennsylvania. This was 100% of all the recorded Grab's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Grab families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Grab surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Grab ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Grab. 18% of Grab men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Grab women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Grab were Carpenter and Typist.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    18%
  • Farmer
    12%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Carpenter
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    12%
  • Laborer
    10%
  • Housekeeper
    10%
  • Typist
    10%
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Census Records

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Grab. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Grab census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Grab. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Grab. For the veterans among your Grab ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Grab lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Grab life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Grab in 1960 was 44, and 67 in 2004.

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