Ap griffyn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Ap griffyn 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.
Early Origins of the Ap griffyn family
The surname Ap griffyn was first found in Chirk, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, descended from the ancient Princes of Wales.
Early History of the Ap griffyn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ap griffyn research. Another 248 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1392, 1332, 1601, 1666, 1599, 1665, 1618, 1690 and are included under the topic Early Ap griffyn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ap griffyn Spelling Variations
Although there are not an extremely large number Welsh surnames, there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations of those surnames. This variety of spellings began almost immediately after the acceptance of surnames within Welsh society. As time progressed, these old Brythonic names were eventually were recorded in English. This process was problematic in that many of the highly inflected sounds of the native language of Wales could not be properly captured in English. Some families, however, did decide to modify their own names to indicate a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even a patriotic affiliation. The name Ap griffyn has seen various spelling variations: Griffith, Griffiths, Gryffudd, Gryffuths and others.
Early Notables of the Ap griffyn family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ap griffyn family to Ireland
Some of the Ap griffyn family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Ap griffyn family
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 Ap griffyn: Henry Griffith, who settled in St. John's Harbour, Newfoundland, in 1703; Edward and Joe Griffith settled in Virginia in 1635; Griffith Griffiths settled in Virginia in 1663.
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