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Where did the Welsh Griffith family come from? What is the Welsh Griffith family crest and coat of arms? When did the Griffith family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Griffith family history?The name Griffith is from the rugged landscape of Wales. It is a Celtic name that was derived from the Welsh personal names Griffin, Gruffin, or Griffith. These were pet-forms of the Middle Welsh name Gruffudd, which was borne by many Welsh princes. The most prominent of these was Griffith ap Cynan, the King of North Wales and the founder of the first Royal tribe of Wales; he was the eldest son of Rhodri Mawr, the first recorded King of Wales.
Compared to other ancient cultures found in the British Isles, the number of Welsh surnames are relatively few, but there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations. These spelling variations began almost as soon as surname usage became common. People could not specify how to spell their own names leaving the specific recording up to the individual scribe or priest. Those recorders would then spell the names as they heard them, causing many different variations. Later, many Welsh names were recorded in English. This transliteration process was extremely imprecise since the Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh used many sounds the English language was not accustomed to. Finally, some variations occurred by the individual's design: a branch loyalty within a family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The Griffith name over the years has been spelled Griffith, Griffiths, Gryffudd, Gryffuths and others.
First found in Chirk, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, descended from the ancient Princes of Wales.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Griffith research. Another 495 words(35 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1392, 1332, 1601, 1666, 1599, 1665, 1618 and 1690 are included under the topic Early Griffith History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 71 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Griffith Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Griffith family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 87 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Many people from Wales joined the general migration to North America in the 19th and 20th centuries, searching for land, work, and freedom. Like the many other immigrants from the British Isles, they made a significant contribution to the development of Canada and the United States. The Welsh and their descendents added a rich cultural tradition to the newly developed towns, cities, and villages. An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Griffith:
Griffith Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Griffith Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Griffith Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
Griffith Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
The Griffith Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Griffith Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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