The name Girriffiths 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 Girriffiths family
The surname Girriffiths 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 Girriffiths family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Girriffiths research.Another 372 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1392, 1332, 1601, 1666, 1599, 1665, 1618, 1690 and are included under the topic Early Girriffiths History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Girriffiths Spelling Variations
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 Girriffiths name over the years has been spelled Griffith, Griffiths, Gryffudd, Gryffuths and others.
Early Notables of the Girriffiths family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Girriffiths family to Ireland
Some of the Girriffiths family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 176 words (13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Girriffiths family to the New World and Oceana
joined the great migrations to North America in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Like their Scottish and Irish neighbors, many Welsh
families left their homeland hoping to find hope and prosperity in a land that the English did not exercise a tight rule over. Those Welsh
immigrants that successfully traveled to North America went on to make significant contributions to the rapid development of both Canada and the United States in terms of the settling of land and the establishment of industry. They also added to the rich cultural heritage of both countries. An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Girriffiths: 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.