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Origins of the Greaves surname

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About the Greaveses

We have a total number of 97530 records for people with the last name Greaves.

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Where do most Greaveses live?

In 1921, most Greaveses lived in Yorkshire.

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Interesting facts about Greaveses

How common is your surname?

465th most common surname in the UK

We have 88,000 records for the Greaves surname. The oldest one dates back to 1550.

Who were Greaveses most likely to marry?

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What are the most common Greaves first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Greaveses

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Greaveses in 1921
Cotton Weaver




Domestic Servant


Living On Own Means




Common Male occupations for Greaveses in 1921
Coal Miner




General Labourer


Agricultural Labourer




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