Last name origins & meanings:
- English: occupational name from Middle English greyve
‘steward’, from Old Norse greifi or Low German grēve
- English: topographic name, a variant of
- French: topographic name for someone who
lived on a patch of gravelly soil, from Old French grave
‘gravel’ (of Celtic origin).
- 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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