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The distinguished surname Vandegrift was first found in Switzerland.

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The surname Vandegrift 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.

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vandegrift 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 Vandegrift History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Notables of the time with the surname Vandegrift 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 Vandegrift Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Philip Leonhardt Graf, who, with his wife and five children, came to America in 1709. He was bearers of the name Graf to emigrate to the New World. Georg Graf arrived in Pennsylvania between 1743-1746.

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  • William B. Vandegrift, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1928
  • William Vandegrift, American politician, Member of Delaware State House of Representatives from New Castle County, 1824
  • W. A. Vandegrift, American politician, Mayor of Pomona, California, 1914
  • Guy W. Vandegrift, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1940
  • C. S. Vandegrift Jr., American Democrat politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 10th District, 1883-86
  • Major General Alexander Archer Vandegrift (1887-1973), American marine who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor and the Navy Cross
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    Other References

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    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    7. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    8. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    9. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    10. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
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