Origin of the Graeff family


informativ note

THIS GENALOGICAL RESEARCH BASED ON THE ONE HAND THE SIMILAR COAT OF ARMS OF BOTH FAMILIES, (DE) GRAEFF AND VON GRABEN (16TH CENTURY), THE GENEALOGICAL AND OFFICAL CERTIFICATES OF THE AUSTRIAN EMPEROR (17TH CENTURY) AND ON THE OTHER HAND - OP DEN GRAEFF - ON THE SCHEUTEN MANUSCRIPTS (16TH CENTURY) AND THE WORKS OF GABRIEL BUCELIN (BINCELINT, BUCCELINI, BINCALINI) FROM THE 17TH CENTURY. A GENALOGY OF BOTH FAMILIES MADE UP BY PIETER DE GRAEFF (1636/1707).


Kinship and descendant

Wolfgang von Graben (1465-1521), ancrestor of the Graeff family
Wolfgang von Graben (1465-1521)

 

The meaning of the Graeff family name is allready clear. 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. During the middleage the german word Graben meant Graeff in the Netherlands. The 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 dynasty of dukes, imperial princes and counts of the Holy roman Empire.

 

The fate of the Graeff families in the centuries thereafter is a true picture of the political changes in the Netherlands, Austria, South Africa, and also from the alleged line as well as in Germany, the United States of North America, New Zealand, Hungary/Jugoslawia and in South Africa.

Coat of arms De Graeff as descendants of the House Von Graben,  loaned by Emperor Leopold of Austria, 19th july 1677; archiv Matthias Laurenz Gräff, Austria
Coat of arms De Graeff as descendants of the House Von Graben, loaned by Emperor Leopold of Austria, 19th july 1677; archiv Matthias Laurenz Gräff, Austria

Diplom (Free imperial knight of the Holy Roman Empire) loaned to Mr. 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."


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