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The distinguished German surname Craver is derived from the Old High German "graban," meaning "to dig." The name was originally used to indicate "a digger of graves or ditches."

Early Origins of the Craver family

The surname Craver was first found in Austria, where in ancient times the Graber family played a significant role within the region's feudal society. The name Grabner became prominent in local affairs and often intermarried with other distinguished families, some of whom played important roles in the territorial conflicts of the period.

Early History of the Craver family

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Craver Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Grabner, Grabber, Graeber, Graebner, Gravner, Grabbne, Grabne, Grubner, Grappner, Grapner, Grabere, Graben, Grabel, Grabert, Grable, Grabnere, Grabnen, Grabnel, Grabbere, Grabben, Grabbel, Greber, Grebere, Greben, Graebner, Graebnere, Graebnen, Graebber, Graebbere, Graebben, Craver and many more.

Early Notables of the Craver family

During this period prominent bearers of the name Craver were Virgil von Graben (died 1507) was an Austrian noble and knight; Maria de Grebber (1602-1680), a Dutch Golden Age painter; David Graebner who was rewarded for his distinguished service in 1700 when he was ennobled; and Johann Gottlieb Grabbe (1585-1655) was a German...
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Craver Ranking

In the United States, the name Craver is the 7,162nd most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. 1

United States Craver migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Craver Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Ethel Craver, aged 32, who immigrated to America, in 1903
  • William Craver, aged 36, who settled in America, in 1903
  • John Nelson Craver, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1904 2
  • Ruth Craver, who immigrated to the United States, in 1911
  • Harry C. Craver, aged 40, who immigrated to the United States from Landport, England, in 1912
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Contemporary Notables of the name Craver (post 1700) +

  • Charles Francis Craver (1842-1925), American politician, Member of Iowa State House of Representatives, 1876, one of the founders of Craver & Steele, farm equipment manufacturers;
  • Spurgeon Craver, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1944
  • S. J. Craver, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1940
  • Alvin W. Craver, American Democratic Party politician, Mayor of Youngstown, Ohio, 1908-12, 1918-20; Postmaster at Youngstown, Ohio, 1938-41 (acting, 1938)
  • Keyuo Craver (b. 1980), American football defensive back
  • Forrest Eugene "Cap" Craver (1875-1958), American college football player and coach and athletic director
  • Bill Craver (1844-1901), American Major League Baseball player
  • Aaron Craver (b. 1968), American NFL football fullback

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  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook