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The distinguished surname Graf was first found in Switzerland.

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The surname Graf 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.

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Graf research. Another 243 words (17 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 Graf History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Notables of the time with the surname Graf 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 Graf 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:

Graf Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Philip Leonhardt Graf, who, with his wife and five children, came to America in 1709
  • Catharina Graf, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1744
  • Katharina Graf, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1744
  • Georg Graf arrived in Pennsylvania between 1743-1746
  • Hans Adam Graf, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1747
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Graf Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Fred William Graf, aged 22, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1807
  • Elise Graf, who arrived in North America in 1832-1849
  • Frederick Graf, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1836
  • Ferdinand Graf, aged 25, arrived in Missouri in 1841
  • Martin Graf, aged 40, arrived in Missouri in 1841
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Graf Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Maria Graf, aged 14, landed in New York, NY in 1902
  • Lydia Graf, aged 4, landed in New York, NY in 1902
  • Johannes Graf, aged 15, landed in New York, NY in 1902
  • Martha Graf, aged 3, landed in New York, NY in 1902
  • Mathilda Graf, aged 2, arrived in New York, NY in 1902
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Graf Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Hans Graf, born in Switzerland in 1661 fled Switzerland for Alsace due to religious persecution, before settling in Canada, via Pennsylvania around 1717

Graf Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Johann Graf, who landed in Quebec in 1850
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  • Allan Graf, American 2nd unit director/stunt coordinator
  • Peter Graf (1938-2013), German tennis coach and manager, father of Steffi Graf
  • Steffi Graf (b. 1969), German top-ranking tennis champion and Wimbledon champion
  • Oskar Maria Graf (1894-1967), German author
  • Arturo Graf (1848-1913), Italian poet of German extraction
  • Dominik Graf (b. 1952), German film director from Munich, Bavaria
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    Other References

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    2. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    3. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    7. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    8. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    9. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    10. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
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    The Graf Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Graf Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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