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Grave Name Meaning

English: occupational name from Middle English greyve ‘steward’, from Old Norse greifi or Low German greve (see Graf). English: topographic name, a variant of Grove. French: topographic name for someone who lived on a patch of gravelly soil, from Old French grave ‘gravel’ (of Celtic origin). North German: either from the northern form of Graf, but more commonly a topographic name from Middle Low German grave ‘ditch’, ‘moat’, ‘channel’, or a habitational name from any of several places in northern Germany named with this word.

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

Similar surnames: Grove, Graven, Grabe, Graver, Greve, Graves, Gravel, Grape, Grace

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Where is the Grave family from?

You can see how Grave families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Grave family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Grave families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 10 Grave families living in Indiana. This was about 33% of all the recorded Grave's in USA. Indiana had the highest population of Grave families in 1840.
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What did your Grave ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Grave. 21% of Grave men worked as a Farmer and 13% of Grave women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Grave were Truck Driver and Cook. .

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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
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
  • Waitress
  • Cook
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Census Records

There are 23,000 census records available for the last name Grave. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Grave 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Grave. 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 Grave. For the veterans among your Grave ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Grave lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Grave life expectancy was at its lowest point in 2000, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Grave in 1962 was 57, and 75 in 2004.

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