Show ContentsGraper History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished German surname Graper is derived from the Old High German "graban," meaning "to dig." The name was originally used to indicate "a digger of graves or ditches."

Early Origins of the Graper family

The surname Graper was first found in Austria, where in ancient times the Graber family played a significant role within the region's feudal society. The name Grabner became prominent in local affairs and often intermarried with other distinguished families, some of whom played important roles in the territorial conflicts of the period.

Early History of the Graper family

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Graper Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Grabner, Grabber, Graeber, Graebner, Gravner, Grabbne, Grabne, Grubner, Grappner, Grapner, Grabere, Graben, Grabel, Grabert, Grable, Grabnere, Grabnen, Grabnel, Grabbere, Grabben, Grabbel, Greber, Grebere, Greben, Graebner, Graebnere, Graebnen, Graebber, Graebbere, Graebben, Craver and many more.

Early Notables of the Graper family (pre 1700)

During this period prominent bearers of the name Graper were Virgil von Graben (died 1507) was an Austrian noble and knight; Maria de Grebber (1602-1680), a Dutch Golden Age painter; David Graebner who was rewarded for his distinguished service in 1700 when he was ennobled; and Johann Gottlieb Grabbe (1585-1655) was a German...
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United States Graper migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Graper Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Andrea Graper, aged 20, who arrived in New York in 1892 aboard the ship "Noordland" from Antwerp, Belgium [1]
  • Carl Graper, aged 24, who arrived in New York, New York in 1894 aboard the ship "Augusta Victoria" from Hamburg via Southampton [1]
  • Rachel Graper, aged 26, who arrived in New York in 1895 aboard the ship "Phoenicia" from Hamburg, Germany [1]
Graper Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mr. Wilhelm Graper, aged 44, originally from Chesley, Ontario, Canada, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Nieuw Amsterdam" from Rotterdam, Netherlands [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Graper (post 1700) +

  • Henry Graper, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 1924 [2]
  • H. E. Graper, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 1912 [2]


  1. Ellis Island Search retrieved 15th November 2022. Retrieved from https://heritage.statueofliberty.org/passenger-result
  2. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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