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Last name origins & meanings:

  1. German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for someone with gray hair or a gray beard, from German grau ‘gray’.
  2. Southern French: topographic name for someone who lived near a canal giving access to the sea, Occitan grau (Latin gradus ‘step’).
  3. French: from Old French grau denoting a type of agricultural fork with curved tines (apparently of Germanic origin), hence a metonymic occupational name for a maker, seller, or user of such implements.
  4. Catalan: topographic name from grau (Latin gradum).
  5. Catalan: from a reduced form of the common medieval personal name Guerau (see Gerald).
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