Graves Family History

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Graves Name Meaning

English: patronymic from Grave 1. French: topographic name from the plural of Old French grave ‘gravel’ (see Grave).

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

Similar surnames: Grave, Graver, Draves, Graven, Grapes, Greaves, Gates, Grover

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Graves Family Origin

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Graves Family Occupations

What did your Graves ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Graves. 40% of Graves men worked as a Farmer and 17% of Graves women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Graves were Clerk and Domestic

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
  • Farmer
  • Domestic

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Graves Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 455,000 census records available for the last name Graves. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Graves census 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 36,000 immigration records available for the last name Graves. 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 87,000 military records available for the last name Graves. For the veterans among your Graves ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Graves Life Expectancy

What is the average Graves lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Graves life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Graves in 1940 was 72, and 73 in 2004.

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