The distinguished surname Graffen was first found in Switzerland.
Early Origins of the Graffen family
The surname Graffen 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 Graffen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Graffen 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 Graffen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Graffen Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Graf, Grafe,Graef, Graff, Graffen, Graffin, Grafen, Grafin, Grav, Graaf and many more.
Early Notables of the Graffen family (pre 1700)
Notables of the time with the surname Graffen 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 Graffen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Graffen family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Graffen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Hattie Graffen, aged 38, who arrived in America from Amsterdam, N.Y., in 1914
Contemporary Notables of the name Graffen (post 1700)
- Wally Graffen, American Director of Organization Development-Midwest Region for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America
- Samuel Mason Graffen (1845-1883), American Major League Baseball manager who managed the St. Louis Brown Stockings in the 1876 season
- Karl von Graffen (1893-1964), German Generalleutnant in the Wehrmacht during World War II, recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
- Maurice Graffen (b. 1924), French bronze medalist sprint kayaker at the 1954 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships, three-time Olympian