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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."

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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.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grable research. Another 257 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1700, 1507, 1602, 1680, 1700, 1585 and 1655 are included under the topic Early Grable History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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...

Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Grable Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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
  • Clarence M. Grable, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States, in 1895
  • Milly Grable, aged 10, who emigrated 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 emigrated to America, in 1920
  • Marcella Grable, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States, in 1921
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  • 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
  • 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
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    Other References

    1. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    2. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    3. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    4. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    5. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    6. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    8. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    9. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    10. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
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