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Grave Name Meaning

English: occupational name from Middle English grayve grayve greve ‘steward bailiff manorial officer who managed the lord's demesne farm headman of a town or village’ a borrowing from Old Norse greifi ‘earl count’. Compare the synonymous Grieve and Reeve . English: topographic name from Middle English grave ‘pit’ (Old English græf). English: in Norfolk possibly from the rare Middle English personal name Gre(y)vy Gre(i)ve Old Norse Greifi Grefe originally a nickname meaning ‘earl count’ (see 1 above). North German (also Gräve) Dutch Flemish and northern French: variant of German Graf ‘count’ or its Dutch cognate De Graaf or a topographic name from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch grave ‘ditch moat channel’ or a habitational name from any of several places in northern Germany and the Netherlands named with this word. Compare De Grave Graeve and Greve . French (southern): topographic name for someone who lived on a patch of gravelly soil from Old French grave ‘gravel’ (from Latin grava) or a habitational name from any of several places called with this word.

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


Similar surnames: Grove, Graven, Grabe, Graver, Greve, Graves, Gravel, Grape, Grace

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Where is the Grave family from?

You can see how Grave families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Grave family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Grave families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 25 Grave families living in Quebec. This was about 29% of all the recorded Grave's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Grave families in 1911.
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What did your Grave ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Labourer and Hired Help were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Grave. 28% of Grave men worked as a Labourer and 100% of Grave women worked as a Hired Help. .

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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

  • Labourer
    28%
  • Clerk
    28%
  • Dairy Man
    28%
  • Laborer
    19%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Hired Help
    100%
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Census Records

There are 23,000 census records available for the last name Grave. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Grave 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Grave. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Grave. For the veterans among your Grave ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Grave lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Grave life expectancy was at its lowest point in 2000, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Grave in 1962 was 57, and 75 in 2004.

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