Grable History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished German surname Grable 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 Grable family

The surname Grable 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 Grable family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grable research. Another 129 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1700, 1507, 1602, 1680, 1700, 1585, 1655, 1666, 1711 and 1666 are included under the topic Early Grable History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Grable 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 Grable family (pre 1700)

During this period prominent bearers of the name Grable 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...
Another 52 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Grable Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Grable migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Grable Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Herman Grable, who landed in Indiana in 1852 [1]
  • Clarence M. Grable, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States, in 1895
  • Milly Grable, aged 10, who immigrated to the United States, in 1895
  • Mrs. Grable, aged 32, who landed in America, in 1895
Grable Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Edna Grable, aged 4, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Margaret Grable, aged 53, who settled in America, in 1907
  • Joseph Grable, aged 28, who landed in America from Zurich, Switzerland, in 1914
  • Virgil Grable, aged 20, who immigrated to America, in 1920
  • Marcella Grable, aged 28, who immigrated to the United States, in 1921
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Grable (post 1700) +

  • Elizabeth Ruth "Betty" Grable (1916-1973), American actress, dancer and singer whose legs were famously insured by her studio for 1,000,000 with Lloyds of London
  • Judy Grable (1936-2008), ring name of Nellya Baughman, an American professional wrestler
  • Joyce Grable, ring name of Betty Wade-Murphy, an American professional wrestler


  1. ^ 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)


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