Hans Rudolf Grau

about 1694–19 January 1762 (Age 68)
Wynigen, Bern, Switzerland

The Life of Hans Rudolf

When Hans Rudolf Grau was born about 1694, in Wynigen, Bern, Switzerland, his father, David Grau, was 18 and his mother, Madelena Hauert, was 15. He married Verena Kaeser about 1718, in Wynigen, Bern, Switzerland. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 3 daughters. He died on 19 January 1762, in his hometown, at the age of 68.

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Hans Rudolf Grau
Verena Kaeser
Marriage: about 1718
Elisabeth Gray
Verena Grau
Hans Grau
Jacob Grau
Maria Graeub
Niklaus Grau

Spouse and Children

about 1718
Wynigen, Bern, Switzerland


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Name Meaning

1 German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for someone with gray hair or a gray beard, from German grau ‘gray’.2 Southern French: topographic name for someone who lived near a canal giving access to the sea, Occitan grau (Latin gradus ‘step’).3 French: from Old French grau denoting a type of agricultural fork with curved tines (apparently of Germanic origin), hence a metonymic occupational name for a maker, seller, or user of such implements.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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  • Baptism of Elsbeth Grau, Wynigen Parish, "Switzerland, Church Records, 1277-1992"

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