User:Artix Kreiger/Graf

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Graf is a title of Nobility. It was common in Germany. The title is similar to the title of earl.

Origin of word[change | change source]

The word Graf is said to derive ultimately from the Greek verb graphein ("to write"), but this may be fanciful: Paul the Deacon wrote in Latin ca 790: "the count (comes) of the Bavarians that they call gravio who governed Bauzanum and other strongholds…" (Historia Langobardorum, V.xxxvi); this may be read to make the term a Germanic one, but by then using Latin terms was quite common.