The ancestors of the bearers of the Graften family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found in one of many regions called Grafton The surname Graften is a habitational
surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. The name was derived from the Old English word graf
meaning "gorve" and tun
Early Origins of the Graften family
The surname Graften was first found in Worcestershire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Graften family
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Graften Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Graften include Grafton, Graphton, Graffton and others.
Early Notables of the Graften family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Graften family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Graften or a variant listed above: James Grafton who settled in Virginia in 1634; John Grafton settled in Virginia in 1653; another John Grafton settled in Carolina in 1774; Joseph Grafton settled in New England