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Origin and popularity of the name GRAU


Grau : 1: German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for someone with gray hair or a gray beard from German grau ‘gray’. This surname is also found in France (Alsace and Lorraine).2: Catalan and southern French: from a shortened form of the medieval personal name Guerau a cognate of Gerald.3: Catalan and southern French: topographic name for someone who lived near a canal giving access to the sea from Catalan and Occitan grau ‘step’ (from Latin gradus).4: French: habitational name from Le Grau-du Roi (Gard) or Le Grau d'Agde (Hérault) places called with grau ‘step’ (see 3 above).


Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press

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