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Grabe Name Meaning

German:: topographic name for someone who lived by a dike or ditch (see Grab ) or a habitational name from either of two places in Thuringia named with this word Grabe and Graba. metonymic occupational name from Middle High German grabe ‘spade’ for the manufacturer or a person who works with it.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Grave, Grable, Grab, Grube, Gabel, Graven, Graber, Grande, Graue

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Where is the Grabe family from?

You can see how Grabe families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Grabe family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Grabe families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there was 1 Grabe family living in Indiana. This was 100% of all the recorded Grabe's in USA. Indiana had the highest population of Grabe families in 1840.
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What did your Grabe ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Grabe. 24% of Grabe men worked as a Laborer and 20% of Grabe women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Grabe were Mechanic and Clerk. .

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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
  • Farmer
  • Proprietor
  • Mechanic

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Stenographer
  • Clerk
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Grabe. 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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There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Grabe. For the veterans among your Grabe ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Grabe lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Grabe life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1969, and highest in 1985. The average life expectancy for Grabe in 1962 was 57, and 87 in 2004.

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