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Spelling variations of this family name include: Gaaf, Gaef, Gave, Gäf, Gäfert, Gavel, Gavet, Gavi, Gavre and many more.

First found in Holland, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. The name was first recorded in Amsterdam, an ancient 13th century town held by the Lords of Amstel. Giesebrecht II built a castle there. Geisbrecht III built the dam to keep out the sea. It is first mentioned in charters of 1275 when Floris IV, the count of Holland granted its charter. It became a city of great mercantile wealth. It hold great treasures of art. In their later history the surname became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into a most influential family.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gaef research. Another 316 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1592, 1625, 1736, and 1753 are included under the topic Early Gaef History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Gaef Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: those recorded from the mid 17th century onward in the great migration from Europe to the New World.

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  10. Grattan, Thomas Colley. Holdan The History of the Netherlands. Charleston, SC: Biblio Bazaar LLC, 2007. Print.
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The Gaef Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gaef Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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