Greve Family History

14-Day Free Trial


Greve Name Meaning

North German and Scandinavian: status name from Middle Low German and Danish greve, equivalent to German Graf. English: variant of Greaves.

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

Similar surnames: Grave, Grove, Grever, Greven, Grefe, Grewe, Brede, Grieve, Wrede

Ready to discover your family story?

Simply start with yourself and we'll do the searching for you.


Greve Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Greve name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Greve. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

Explore the full experience here
  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Norway


  • Sweden


Your own DNA-based ethnicity estimate will differ from what you see here. To get your personalized ethnicity estimate, order an AncestryDNA® kit.order an AncestryDNA® kit.

Order a DNA Kit Today

Greve Family Origin

Where is the Greve family from?

Greve Family Occupations

What did your Greve ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Greve occupation in the USA was Farmer. 26% of Greve's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Greve family was Bookkeeper. Farmer, Carpenter and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Greve.

View Census data for Greve | Data not to scale

  • Farmer

  • Carpenter

  • Keeping House

  • Bookkeeper


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Greve ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Greve Historical Records

What Greve family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 15,000 census records available for the last name Greve. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Greve census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search 1940's US census records for Greve

Passenger List

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Greve. 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.

View all Greve immigration records

Draft Card

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

View all Greve military records

You've only scratched the surface of Greve family history.

Greve Life Expectancy

What is the average Greve lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Greve life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Greve in 1943 was 25, and 77 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Greve

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Greve ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

Famous Greve Family Ancestors

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in your family tree

Famous ancestors img
Look up another name