THIS GENALOGICAL RESEARCH BASED ON THE ONE HAND THE SIMILAR COAT OF ARMS OF BOTH FAMILIES, (DE) GRAEFF AND VON GRABEN, THE GENEALOGICAL AND OFFICAL CERTIFICATES OF THE AUSTRIAN EMPEROR AND ON THE OTHER HAND - OP DEN GRAEFF - ON THE SCHEUTEN MANUSCRIPTS (16TH CENTURY) AND THEIR FAMILY TRADITION.
SOME OF THE INFORMATIONS ABOUT OP DEN GRAEFF ARE ONLY CLAIMED BY THEIR DECENDANTS AND ARE NOT PROOFEN
"MORA SCEPTRA LIGONIBUS AEQUAT"
"DEATH MAKES SEPTRES AND HOES EQUAL"H"
About (De) Graeff:
The meaning of the Graeff family name seems to be allready clear. During the middleage the german word Graben meant Graeff in the Netherlands. The name roots back to the austrian noble family Von Graben. Originally descendant from Wolfgang von Graben (1465-1521) who arrived to Holland in 1483. It is reported that he had a son called Pieter Graeff (1484), the creator of the (De) Graeff family. The (De) Graeff family coat of arms shows the spade and the whole crest of the Von Graben. The Von Graben itself where a bastard-line from the House of Meinhardin, a ducal, princely and countly dynasty of the Holy Roman Empire. The fate of the Graeff families in the centuries thereafter is a true picture of the political changes.
About Op den Graeff:
Descendents of the former german Op den Graeff family claimed that Wolfgang von Graben had another son, the later german Abraham op den Graeff (1485-1561). This claim is not proofen.
The official statement of the family association about Op den Graeff reads: An origin of the originally German or Dutch family Op den Graeff from the Von Graben house cannot be verified because it is unsourced. This theory is only maintained by their descendants.
Diplom (Free imperial knight of the Holy Roman Empire) loaned to dutch patrician and landlord Andries de Graeff, july, 19th 1677:
"Fide digis itegur genealogistarum Amsteldamensium edocti testimoniis te Andream de Graeff non paternum solum ex pervetusta in Comitatu nostro Tyrolensi von Graben dicta familia originem ducere, qua olim per quendam ex ascendentibus tuis ejus nominis in Belgium traducta et in Petrum de Graeff, abavum, Johannem, proavum, Theodorum, avum, ac tandem Jacobum, patrem tuum, viros in civitate, Amstelodamensi continua serie consulatum scabinatus senatorii ordinis dignitabitus conspicuos et in publicum bene semper meritos propagata nobiliter et cum splendore inter suos se semper gessaerit interque alios honores praerogativasque nobilibus eo locorum proprias liberum venandi jus in Hollandia, Frisiaque occidentale ac Ultrajectina provinciis habuerit semper et exercuerit."
FAMILIENVERBAND GRÄFF - GRAEFF, HISTORIE - GEGENWART - ZUKUNFT E. V.