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The name Griffiths 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.

Griffiths Early Origins



The surname Griffiths was first found in Chirk, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, descended from the ancient Princes of Wales.

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Griffiths Spelling Variations


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Griffiths Spelling Variations



Welsh surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations of particular Welsh names are very important. The surname Griffiths has occasionally been spelled Griffith, Griffiths, Gryffudd, Gryffuths and others.

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Griffiths Early History


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Griffiths Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Griffiths 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 Griffiths History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Griffiths Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Griffiths Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Griffiths Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Griffiths In Ireland


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Griffiths In Ireland



Some of the Griffiths 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 and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many people from Wales joined the general migration to North America in search of land, work, and freedom. These immigrants greatly contributed to the rapid development of the new nations of Canada and the United States. They also added a rich and lasting cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Griffiths:

Griffiths Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Griffiths settled in Barbados in 1634
  • Griffith Griffiths settled in Virginia in 1663

Griffiths Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Griffiths, who landed in Carolina in 1709
  • Samuel Griffiths, who arrived in America in 1715-1716
  • Ann Griffiths, who arrived in America in 1764

Griffiths Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry Griffiths, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • Edward Griffiths, who arrived in New York in 1845
  • J Griffiths, aged 48, arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1847
  • Evan Griffiths, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • R R Griffiths, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Griffiths Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Griffiths, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • William Griffiths, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Ann Griffiths, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Ms. Rebecca Griffiths U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbor, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Ms. Anne Griffiths U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbor, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Griffiths Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mary Griffiths, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1814
  • Thomas Griffiths, aged 21, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Prudence" in 1838
  • Biddy Griffiths, aged 21, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Prudence" in 1838
  • John Griffiths, who arrived in Esquimalt British Columbia in 1862

Griffiths Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Griffiths, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  • James Griffiths, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  • James Griffiths, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822
  • William Griffiths, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  • William Griffiths, Welsh convict from Carmarthen, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 151 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1823
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Griffiths Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Griffiths, aged 22, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • Lucy Griffiths, aged 22, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • Simeon George Griffiths, aged 1, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • J. Griffiths arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Belle Creole" in 1853
  • Mary Griffiths arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Belle Creole" in 1853
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Griffiths (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Griffiths (post 1700)



  • Phillip Griffiths (b. 1938), American mathematician, co-winner of the 2008 Wolf Prize
  • Hicks George Griffiths (1910-1996), American Democrat politician, Michigan Democratic State Chair, 1949-50; Probate judge in Michigan, 1950; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1952; Candidate for Circuit Judge in Michigan 3rd Circuit, 1953
  • George W. Griffiths, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1936
  • George Langford Griffiths (b. 1929), American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State Senate 24th District, 1964, 1966; Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 59th District, 1970; Mayor of East Lansing, Michigan, 1975-79
  • Edward J. Griffiths, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1952
  • Charles H. Griffiths, American Republican politician, Chair of Westchester County Republican Party, 1934-42; Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1936, 1940
  • Barbara J. Griffiths (b. 1949), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Iceland, 1999
  • Aundra J. Griffiths, American politician, Independent Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1992
  • A. E. Griffiths, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Seattle, Washington, 1916
  • J. C. Griffiths, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from Colorado, 1914
  • ... (Another 22 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Griffiths Historic Events


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Griffiths Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Leonard F Griffiths (b. 1923), English Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Eastbourne, Sussex, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. David J Griffiths, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Clifford John Griffiths, British Petty Office Stoker from Lichfield, Staffordshire, England, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Griffiths, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. John Isaac  Griffiths, British Writer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
  • Mr. William Henry Griffiths, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Guy Richmond Griffiths, Australian Midshipman from Australia, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. John Humphrey Griffiths, English Chief Steward 3rd Class from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mr. William Henry Griffiths, English Refrigeration Greaser from Birkenhead, Cheshire, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Samuel Herman Griffiths, English Trimmer from Everton, Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Christopher William Griffiths, Welsh 2nd Class passenger residing in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 151 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1823

Other References

  1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  4. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  6. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Morgan, T. J. Morgan and Prys Morgan. Welsh Surnames. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1985. Print.
  9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  10. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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The Griffiths Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Griffiths 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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