From the word for the fossilized resin amber, a word derived via Old French and Latin from Arabic ambar. This was first used as a given name at the end of the 19th century. It enjoyed a surge in popularity following the publication of Kathleen Winsor's novel Forever Amber in 1944, and again in the 1990s.
English: habitational name from Gravely in Cambridgeshire or Graveley in Hertfordshire. The first is possibly from Old English græf ‘pit’, ‘trench’ + lēah ‘woodland clearing’. The second is from Old English grǣfe, grāf(a) ‘grove’, ‘copse’ + lēah.