Greben History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The distinguished German surname Greben 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 Greben family
The surname Greben 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 Greben family
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Greben 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 Greben family (pre 1700)
During this period prominent bearers of the name Greben 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...
Migration of the Greben family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Christian Grabert, who settled in Louisiana in 1724; Hans Graber, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1749; Emanuel Grabner, who arrived in Carolina in 1752.