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Grahn Name Meaning

Eastern German (under Slavic influence): perhaps a habitational name from such places as Granow, Grana, and Gran. North German (Grä(h)n): a North German variant of Grün (see Gruen). Swedish: ornamental spelling of gran ‘spruce’. This may be an ornamental name, a topographic name, or possibly a habitational name from a place called Gran.

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


Similar surnames: Gran, Gruhn, Grado, Ahn, Hahn, Grass, Rain, Glahn, Gramm, Grau

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Where is the Grahn family from?

You can see how Grahn families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Grahn family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Grahn families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 29 Grahn families living in New York. This was about 23% of all the recorded Grahn's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Grahn families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Grahn surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Grahn ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Waitress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Grahn. 23% of Grahn men worked as a Farmer and 15% of Grahn women worked as a Waitress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Grahn were Clerk 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

  • Farmer
    23%
  • Laborer
    18%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Clerk
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Waitress
    15%
  • Maid
    10%
  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Clerk
    10%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

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

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What is the average Grahn lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Grahn life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1962, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Grahn in 1962 was 28, and 79 in 2004.

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