Griffen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Griffen 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 of Strongbow. 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 ancestry.
Early Origins of the Griffen family
The surname Griffen was first found in the province of Munster, where they had been granted lands by Strongbow after the Anglo Norman invasion into Ireland in 1172.
Early History of the Griffen family
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Griffen Spelling Variations
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 Griffen family (pre 1700)
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Griffen migration to the United States +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Griffen Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Bridges Griffen, who arrived in Virginia in 1654 
- Dorothy Griffen, who landed in Virginia in 1654 
- Joan Griffen, who arrived in Virginia in 1654 
- William Griffen, who arrived in Virginia in 1654 
- William Griffen, who landed in Virginia in 1654 
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Griffen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Edward Griffen, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1768 
- Peter Griffen, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1768 
Griffen migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Griffen Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Robert Griffen, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
- Private Charles Griffen U.E., "Griffin" born in Conneticut, USA from Castleton, Vermont, USA who settled in Elizabeth Town [Elizabethtown], Leeds County, Ontario c. 1784 he served in Jessup's Corps, married to Catherine Wisebury they had 4 children 
Griffen migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Griffen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- John Griffen, French convict from Valenciennes, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia 
- Michael Griffen, aged 22, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Sibella" 
Griffen migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Griffen Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Ellen Griffen, aged 20, a domestic servant, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1878
Contemporary Notables of the name Griffen (post 1700) +
- William Davenport Griffen (1894-1986), American artist, and muralist
- Harold Winslow "Hal" Griffen (b. 1902), American football offensive lineman and coach in the National Football League
- Anders Griffen, American drummer, composer, and trumpet player
- Everson Griffen (b. 1987), American football defensive end
- William L. Griffen, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York, 1968 (35th District), 1990 (25th District) 
- Joel T. Griffen, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Omaha, Nebraska, 1872 
- Daniel Griffen (1900-1982), American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 9th District, 1964 
- Chauncey B. Griffen, American Republican politician, Mayor of White Plains, New York, 1932-33 
- April Griffen, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 2008 
- Thomas Sydney Griffen (1884-1950), Australian rugby union player
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The Griffen 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.
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- ^ 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
- ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
- ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SIBELLA 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/sibella1852.shtml.
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html