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Grace Surname Meaning

English: nickname from Old French cras gras ‘fat big’ (from Latin crassus Anglo-Latin grassus). English: topographic name from Middle English gras ‘grass pasture’ (Old English græs) for someone who lived near an area of grassland. Scottish: in some instances probably a variant of Gracey . English: occasionally perhaps from the rare Middle English female personal name Grace. This seems in the first instance to have been from an ancient Germanic element grīs ‘gray’ (see Grice ) but was soon associated by folk etymology with the Latin word meaning ‘charm’. See Gracey . English: occasionally perhaps a nickname from Middle English (Old French) grace ‘grace favor good will’ also ‘goodness beauty charm’ (from Latin gratia) but evidence to confirm this possibility is lacking.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Grice, Grave, Race, Brace, Game, Glace, Croce, Graca, Gratz, Gracey

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Where is the Grace family from?

You can see how Grace families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Grace family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Grace families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 303 Grace families living in Ontario. This was about 42% of all the recorded Grace's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Grace families in 1911.
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What did your Grace ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Student were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Grace. 28% of Grace men worked as a Farmer and 13% of Grace women worked as a Student. Some less common occupations for Americans named Grace were Miner and Stenographer. .

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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 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Miner

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Student
  • Bookkeeper
  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
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Passenger Lists

There are 31,000 immigration records available for the last name Grace. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 30,000 military records available for the last name Grace. For the veterans among your Grace ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Grace lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Grace life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Grace in 1942 was 44, and 71 in 2004.

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