Grave

Last name origins & meanings:

  1. English: occupational name from Middle English greyve ‘steward’, from Old Norse greifi or Low German grēve (see Graf).
  2. English: topographic name, a variant of Grove.
  3. French: topographic name for someone who lived on a patch of gravelly soil, from Old French grave ‘gravel’ (of Celtic origin).
  4. North German: either from the northern form of Graf, but more commonly a topographic name from Middle Low German grave ‘ditch’, ‘moat’, ‘channel’, or a habitational name from any of several places in northern Germany named with this word.
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