Graef History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Graef was first found in Switzerland.

Early Origins of the Graef family

The surname Graef was first found in Switzerland, where the family contributed to the development of the region. They became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in savage tribal and national conflicts, each group seeking power and status in an ever changing territorial profile.

Early History of the Graef family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Graef research. Another 122 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1769, 1807, 1485, 1527, 1599, 1664, 1611, 1678, 1671, 1719, 1841, 1826, 1815 and 1869 are included under the topic Early Graef History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Graef Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Graf, Grafe,Graef, Graff, Graffen, Graffin, Grafen, Grafin, Grav, Graaf and many more.

Early Notables of the Graef family (pre 1700)

Notables of the time with the surname Graef were Urs Graf (1485-1527), Swiss engraver and goldsmith, influenced by Albrecht Duerer; Cornelis de Graeff (1599-1664), Mayor of Amsterdam; Free Imperial Knight Andries de Graeff (1611-1678), Mayor of Amsterdam; Cornelis de Graeff (1671-1719), Dutch Canon of St. Pieter at...
Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Graef Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Graef migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Graef Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Hans Jacob Mark Graef, who landed in New York in 1709 [1]
  • Jean Graef, who landed in America in 1777-1783 [1]
Graef Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • August Graef, aged 37, who landed in Missouri in 1839 [1]
  • Christian Graef, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1840 [1]
  • Johann Graef, who arrived in Brazil in 1846 [1]
  • Elisabeth Graef, who arrived in Brazil in 1847 [1]
  • Cathe Graef, aged 19, who arrived in New York in 1854 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Graef (post 1700) +

  • Roger Arthur Graef (b. 1936), American-born, British theatre director and filmmaker
  • Jed Richard Graef (b. 1942), American gold medalist swimmer at the 1964 Olympic Games, inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an "Honor Swimmer" in 1988
  • Luther W. Graef, American founder of Graef, Anhalt, Schloemer and Associates Inc
  • Vicki Graef, American costume designer
  • Roger Arthur Graef (b. 1936), American/British Criminologist and film-maker
  • Gustav Graef (1821-1895), German painter
  • Franz Botho Graef (1857-1917), German classical archaeologist and art historian
  • Maurice Graef (b. 1969), Dutch retired football striker


  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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