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Graff Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) (also Gräff): variant of Graf . Compare Graeff . English (London): metonymic occupational name for a clerk or scribe from Old French grafe ‘stylus pencil’ a derivative of Old French grafer ‘to write’ (from Late Latin grafare from Greek graphein). It is uncertain whether the English name survived the medieval period or whether the early 17th century bearers in Britain were in fact of German origin.

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

Similar surnames: Gaff, Graf, Griff, Grass, Grau, Raff, Graef, Greif, Grafe, Greff

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Where is the Graff family from?

You can see how Graff families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Graff family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Graff families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 72 Graff families living in Ontario. This was about 47% of all the recorded Graff's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Graff families in 1911.
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What did your Graff ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Farmer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Graff. 73% of Graff men worked as a Farmer and 100% of Graff women worked as a Farmer. .

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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
  • Laborer
  • Labourer
  • Agent

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
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Census Records

There are 77,000 census records available for the last name Graff. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Graff 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 11,000 immigration records available for the last name Graff. 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 16,000 military records available for the last name Graff. For the veterans among your Graff ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Graff lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Graff life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Graff in 1943 was 41, and 79 in 2004.

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