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Graber Name Meaning

German: from an agent derivative of Middle High German graben ‘to dig or excavate’, hence an occupational name for a digger of graves or ditches, or an engraver of seals. This name is also found in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a grave-digger, either from German Gräber or from a Yiddishized form of Polish grabarz.

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


Similar surnames: Gruber, Grabner, Raber, Graser, Graver, Gaber, Graper, Trager, Gabel

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Where is the Graber family from?

You can see how Graber families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Graber family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Graber families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 4 Graber families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 40% of all the recorded Graber's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Graber families in 1840.
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What did your Graber ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Graber. 24% of Graber men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Graber women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Graber were Truck Driver and Housekeeper.

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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

  • Farmer
    24%
  • Laborer
    12%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    9%
  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Graber. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Graber. For the veterans among your Graber ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Graber lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Graber life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Graber in 1943 was 33, and 78 in 2004.

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