Last name origins & meanings:
- English and German: topographic name for someone who owned or
lived by a meadow, or a metonymic occupational name for someone who
made or sold hay, from Middle English gras, Middle High German
gras ‘grass’, ‘pasture’, ‘grazing’.
- English: nickname for a
stout man, from Anglo-Norman French gras ‘fat’, from Latin
crassus (which was itself used as a Roman family name), with
the initial changed under the influence of grossus (see
- Scottish: occupational name, reduced from
Gaelic greusaiche ‘shoemaker’. A certain John Grasse alias
Cordonar (Middle English cordewaner ‘shoemaker’) is
recorded in Scotland in 1539.
- South German: nickname for an irascible man, from Middle High German graz
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