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The distinguished surname Graff was first found in Switzerland.

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The surname Graff 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 Graff 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 Graff History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Notables of the time with the surname Graff 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 Graff 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:

Graff Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Sebastian Graff came to Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1719
  • Christoff Graff, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1728
  • George Graff, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1728
  • Hans Jerg Graff, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1728
  • Jahn Michael Graff, who landed in New York, NY in 1731-1751
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Graff Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Anna Barbara Graff, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Elizabeth Graff, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Augustus Graff, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1845-1846
  • Theodore Graff, aged 22, landed in New York, NY in 1847
  • John M W Graff, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1857
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Graff Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Conrad Graff, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Ester Graff, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Catharina Graff, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757

Graff Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Graff, aged 34, a clerk, arrived in South Australia in 1848 aboard the ship "Alfred"
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  • John Isaac De Graff (1783-1848), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from New York, 1827-29, 1837-39; Mayor of Schenectady, New York, 1832-34, 1836, 1842, 1845
  • Don A. De Graff, American politician, Village President of South Holland, Illinois, 2005-09
  • Ilene Graff (b. 1949), American actress and singer from Brooklyn, New York
  • Randy Graff (b. 1955), American actress
  • Todd Graff (b. 1959), American actor
  • Kasimir Romuald Graff (1878-1950), German astronomer, eponym of the Graff lunar crater and the Graff crater on Mars
  • Gerald Graff, American professor, writer, and literary critic at the University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Anton Graff (1736-1813), eminent Swiss portrait artist
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  • The Graff Book by Clyde L. Groff.
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    Other References

    1. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    2. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    4. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    5. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    6. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    9. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    10. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
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