Last name origins & meanings:
- German: status name from Middle High German grāve,
grābe, which was used as a title denoting various more or
less aristocratic dignitaries and officials. In later times it became
established as a title of nobility equivalent to the Romance
count. The vocabulary word also denoted a variety of different
minor local functionaries in different parts of Germany. In the Grand
Duchy of Hesse, for example, it was used for the holder of the
comparatively humble office of village headman. Compare Mayer,
Schultz, and Vogt.
- Variant spelling of Dutch Graef.
- Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name selected, like Herzog
and other words denoting titles, because of their aristocratic
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