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Graf Name Meaning

German: status name from Middle High German grave, grabe, which was used as a title denoting various more or less aristocratic dignitaries and officials. In later times it became established as a title of nobility equivalent to the Romance count. The vocabulary word also denoted a variety of different minor local functionaries in different parts of Germany. In the Grand Duchy of Hesse, for example, it was used for the holder of the comparatively humble office of village headman. Compare Mayer, Schultz, and Vogt. The surname could have originated from any of these senses or be an occupational name for a servant or retainer of a count, or a nickname for someone who gave himself airs and graces. Variant spelling of Dutch Graef. Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name selected, like Herzog and other words denoting titles, because of their aristocratic connotations.

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


Similar surnames: Grof, Grau, Grad, Grab, Gray, Graff, Gran, Gram, Grass, Graef

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Where is the Graf family from?

You can see how Graf families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Graf family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Graf families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there was 1 Graf family living in Kentucky. This was about 20% of all the recorded Graf's in the USA. Kentucky and 4 other states had the highest population of Graf families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Graf surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Graf ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Graf. 13% of Graf men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Graf women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Graf were Clerk and Teacher.

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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
    13%
  • Laborer
    11%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Housework
    6%
  • Housewife
    6%
  • Teacher
    6%
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Census Records

There are 56,000 census records available for the last name Graf. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Graf 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 22,000 immigration records available for the last name Graf. 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 108,000 military records available for the last name Graf. For the veterans among your Graf ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Graf lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Graf life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Graf in 1944 was 23, and 78 in 2004.

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