Graf Family History

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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 Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Graf name?

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

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  • England & Wales

    39%

  • Germanic Europe

    19%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    16%

  • Eastern Europe & Russia

    6%

  • Norway

    3%

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Graf Family Origin

Where is the Graf family from?

Graf Family Occupations

What did your Graf ancestors do for a living?

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

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  • Cooper

    33%
  • Bookkeeper

    17%
  • Farmer

    17%
  • Harness Maker

    17%

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

Graf Historical Records

What Graf family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 56,000 census records available for the last name Graf. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Grafcensus records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 22,000 immigration records available for the last name Graf. 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 Card

There are 108,000 military records available for the last name Graf. For the veterans among your Graf ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Graf Life Expectancy

What is the average Graf lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, 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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Graf

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Graf 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.

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