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Graef Name Meaning

Dutch and North German: status name for the chairman of a town council. Compare Graf.

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


Similar surnames: Graf, Graff, Graeff, Grief, Graefe, Graper, Reef, Graft, Graven, Naef

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Where is the Graef family from?

You can see how Graef families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Graef family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Graef families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Graef families living in Ohio. This was about 67% of all the recorded Graef's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Graef families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Graef surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Graef ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Graef. 13% of Graef men worked as a Salesman and 15% of Graef women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Graef were Carpenter and Secretary.

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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

  • Salesman
    13%
  • Farmer
    11%
  • Laborer
    10%
  • Carpenter
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    15%
  • Teacher
    11%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Secretary
    8%
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Census Records

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Graef. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Graef 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Graef. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Graef. For the veterans among your Graef ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Graef lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Graef life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Graef in 1953 was 59, and 82 in 2004.

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