The Griffee surname is 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 name came to Ireland
in the 12th century with the Anglo- Norman invasion
. There was also a native Irish line whose name originally appeared in Gaelic as O Gríobhtha, which is derived from the word "gríobhtha," which means "griffin-like." It is thought that most of the bearers of the Griffith variant of the name are of Welsh
Early Origins of the Griffee family
The surname Griffee was first found in the province of Munster
, where they had been granted lands by Strongbow
after the Anglo Norman invasion
Early History of the Griffee family
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Griffee Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Griffin, O'Griffin, Griffen, O'Griffen, Griffith, Griffey, Griffy, O'Griffy and many more.
Early Notables of the Griffee family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Griffee family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: George Griffin who settled in St. Christopher in 1633 and later moved to Virginia; Hugh Griffin settled in Virginia in 1649; Catherine and Margaret Griffin settled in Virginia in 1663.
The Griffee Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Ne vile Velis
Motto Translation: Wishing nothing base.
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