Show ContentsGrabar History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished German surname Grabar 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 Grabar family

The surname Grabar 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 Grabar family

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Grabar 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 Grabar family

During this period prominent bearers of the name Grabar 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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Migration of the Grabar family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Christian Grabert, who settled in Louisiana in 1724; Hans Graber, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1749; Emanuel Grabner, who arrived in Carolina in 1752.

Contemporary Notables of the name Grabar (post 1700) +

  • Pierre Grabar (1898-1986), French biochemist and immunologist, born in Russia
  • Vladimir Emmanuilovich Grabar (1865-1956), Russian and Soviet jurist, brother of painter Igor Grabar, and the husband of philologue and translator Maria Grabar-Passek
  • André Nicolaevitch Grabar (1896-1990), Russian historian of Romanesque art and the art of the Eastern Roman Empire and the Bulgarian Empire
  • Igor Emmanuilovich Grabar (1871-1960), Russian post-impressionist painter, publisher, restorer and historian of art
  • Oleg Grabar (1929-2011), French-born art historian and archeologist who spent most of his career in the United States on Facebook