Last name origins & meanings:
- German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for someone with gray
hair or a gray beard, from German grau ‘gray’.
- Southern French: topographic name for someone who lived near a
canal giving access to the sea, Occitan grau (Latin
- 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.
- Catalan: topographic
name from grau (Latin gradum).
- Catalan: from a reduced form of the common medieval personal name Guerau
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