Alleged ancrestors of the Graeff family


Note

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.

 

PLEASE NOTE:

SOME OF THE INFORMATIONS ABOUT OP DEN GRAEFF ARE ONLY CLAIMED BY THEIR DECENDANTS AND ARE NOT PROOFEN


Overview

Note: Verifiable ancestors of (De) Graeff, but not op den Graeff, whose ancestry from the House of the Trench is claimed, but genealogically unproven

Siegharding / Meinhardin (Gorizia) to Graeff

Descendants of the Siegharding / Meinhardin (Gorizia) and Graben

I) Herren von Graben (Lords of Graben)

Castle Graben, Rudolfswerth

Originally from Carniola, an apparent branch of the House of Meinhardin, the family spread in neighboring countries. The earliest known members of the Graben family, Konrad and his brother Grimoald von Graben, lived around 1170.

 

During the middle ages family went on to rule some Carinthian, Lower Austrian, Tyrolian, East Tyrolian, Styrian, Gorizian and modern Italian districts as Burgraven (a sort of Viscount) and Herren (local Lords / Lord of the manor) from the early Middle Ages until the 16th-17th centuries. The last member was Felix Jakob von Graben who lives in Tyrol; the family died out in 1776 or 1780.

Lordships, fiefs and castles from the Herren von Graben in Austria, Italia and Slovenia 1170-1664 (1776) [selection]

Ruled fiefs and castles of the Von Graben
The Lord von Graben

 

 

Fief of Graben (Rudolfswert/Novo mesto, Slovenia)

 

 

Burgraviate of Lienz (Tyrol, Austria)

Ancestrial Graben castle from the Herren von Graben, Grad Graben Novo mesto (Rudolfswerth, Slovenia)

II) House of Meinhardin (Gorizia)

Görz (Wikimedia Commons)

 

The House of Gorizia, also known as Meinhardin, was a dynasty of sovereign princes and counts in the order of the Holy Roman Empire. They where located in the Alps at the south-eastern boarder of the ancient Empire, and ruled the counties of Tyrol and Gorizia, duchy of Carinthia, margraviates of Istria and Carniola among other territories. The family died out with count Leonhard von Görz in 1500.

Ruled territories