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The distinguished surname Graff was first found in Switzerland.

Graff Early Origins



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.

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Graff Spelling Variations


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Graff Spelling Variations



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

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Graff Early History


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Graff Early History



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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Graff Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Graff Early Notables (pre 1700)



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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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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Contemporary Notables of the name Graff (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Graff (post 1700)



  • 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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Suggested Readings for the name Graff


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Suggested Readings for the name Graff



  • The Graff Book by Clyde L. Groff.

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Graff Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    2. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    3. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    6. 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).
    7. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    8. 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).
    9. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    10. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    11. ...

    The Graff Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Graff 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.

    This page was last modified on 2 September 2016 at 22:58.

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