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Greven Name Meaning

Dutch: from a derivative of grave ‘official’, ‘governor’, ‘count’ (see Graef). German: variant of Greve. German: habitational name from either of two places so named, one near Münster, the other in Mecklenburg.

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


Similar surnames: Graven, Green, Greve, Groven, Grever, Leven, Breden, Treen, Gresens

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Where is the Greven family from?

You can see how Greven families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Greven family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Greven families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 7 Greven families living in Ontario. This was about 41% of all the recorded Greven's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Greven families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Greven surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Greven ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Secretary were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Greven. 37% of Greven men worked as a Laborer.

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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

  • Laborer
    37%
  • Counter Clerk
    28%
  • Cement Work
    19%
  • Salesman
    19%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Secretary
    100%
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Greven. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Greven 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 790 immigration records available for the last name Greven. 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 679 military records available for the last name Greven. For the veterans among your Greven ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Greven lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Greven life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1990, and highest in 1983. The average life expectancy for Greven in 1952 was 70, and 74 in 2004.

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