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Grau Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for someone with gray hair or a gray beard, from German grau ‘gray’. Southern French: topographic name for someone who lived near a canal giving access to the sea, Occitan grau (Latin gradus ‘step’). French: from Old French grau denoting a type of agricultural fork with curved tines (apparently of Germanic origin), hence a metonymic occupational name for a maker, seller, or user of such implements. Catalan: topographic name from grau (Latin gradum). Catalan: from a reduced form of the common medieval personal name Guerau (see Gerald).

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


Similar surnames: Gray, Graf, Rau, Brau, Grad, Grass, Gras, Grab, Nau, Gram

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Where is the Grau family from?

You can see how Grau families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Grau family name was found in the USA between 1880 and 1920. The most Grau families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1880 there were 66 Grau families living in New York. This was about 20% of all the recorded Grau's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Grau families in 1880.
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What did your Grau ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Grau. 22% of Grau men worked as a Farmer and 22% of Grau women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Grau were Proprietor and Secretary.

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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.

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    22%
  • Laborer
    20%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Proprietor
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    22%
  • Stenographer
    22%
  • Saleslady
    15%
  • Secretary
    15%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Grau. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Grau. For the veterans among your Grau ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Grau lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Grau life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 1982. The average life expectancy for Grau in 1946 was 36, and 79 in 2004.

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