Girffin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Girffin surname is a habitational name, taken on from Girvan, a place name in Ayrshire.
Early Origins of the Girffin family
The surname Girffin was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Girffin family
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Girffin Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Girvan, Girvane, Girvin, Girwan and others.
Early Notables of the Girffin family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Girffin family to Ireland
Some of the Girffin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Migration of the Girffin family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Girvan who settled in Philadelphia in 1802; Sarah Girvan settled in Pennsylvania in 1773; Hugh Girvin settled in Wilmington Delaware in 1789; Robert Girven settled in New York State in 1833..