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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Graf Family Origin

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Graf Family Occupations

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  • Cooper

    33%
  • Bookkeeper

    17%
  • Farmer

    17%
  • Harness Maker

    17%

In 1881, Cooper, Bookkeeper and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Graf. A less common occupation for the Graf family was Harness Maker. The most common Graf occupation in Canada was Cooper. 33% of Graf's were Coopers.

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Graf Life Expectancy

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Between 1944 and 2004, 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.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Graf

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