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GRAIVER Origin of surname

GRAIVER, GRAJEWER, GRAJEWSKI

Surnames derive from one of many different origins. Sometimes there may be more than one explanation for the same name. This family name is a toponymic (derived from a geographic name of a town, city, region or country). Surnames that are based on place names do not always testify to direct origin from that place, but may indicate an indirect relation between the name-bearer or his ancestors and the place, such as birth place, temporary residence, trade, or family-relatives.

As a Jewish family name, Graiver/Grajewer/GraJewski is associated with the small town of Grajewo, Bialystok province, Poland, where Jews had been living since the early 18th century. The German/Yiddish suffix "-er" and the Slavic suffix "-ski" mean "of/from", thus suggest an origin of the family in Grajewo.

Distinguished bearers of this name include the rabbinical scholar, traveler and journalist, Eliezer Zalman GraJewski (1843-1899); the Polish-born Israeli Talmud expert, jurist and journalist, Aryeh Leib GraJewski (1896-1967), leader of the Federation of French Zionists and president of the Paris Union of Hebrew teachers; the 19th century Polish rabbi and author Josef Ben Zebi Hirsch Grajewer.
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GRAIVER Origin of surname
GRAIVER, GRAJEWER, GRAJEWSKI

Surnames derive from one of many different origins. Sometimes there may be more than one explanation for the same name. This family name is a toponymic (derived from a geographic name of a town, city, region or country). Surnames that are based on place names do not always testify to direct origin from that place, but may indicate an indirect relation between the name-bearer or his ancestors and the place, such as birth place, temporary residence, trade, or family-relatives.

As a Jewish family name, Graiver/Grajewer/GraJewski is associated with the small town of Grajewo, Bialystok province, Poland, where Jews had been living since the early 18th century. The German/Yiddish suffix "-er" and the Slavic suffix "-ski" mean "of/from", thus suggest an origin of the family in Grajewo.

Distinguished bearers of this name include the rabbinical scholar, traveler and journalist, Eliezer Zalman GraJewski (1843-1899); the Polish-born Israeli Talmud expert, jurist and journalist, Aryeh Leib GraJewski (1896-1967), leader of the Federation of French Zionists and president of the Paris Union of Hebrew teachers; the 19th century Polish rabbi and author Josef Ben Zebi Hirsch Grajewer.
Written by researchers of ANU Museum of the Jewish People