The distinguished German surname Graben 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 Graben family
The surname Graben 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 Graben family
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Graben 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 Graben family (pre 1700)
During this period prominent bearers of the name Graben 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... Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Graben Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Graben family to the New World and Oceana
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.