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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.

Griffen Early Origins



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.

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Griffen Spelling Variations


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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.

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Griffen Early History


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Griffen Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Griffen research. Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1st , 10, and 1710 are included under the topic Early Griffen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Griffen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Griffen Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Griffen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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 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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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

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 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Michael Griffen, aged 22, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Sibella"

Griffen Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Ellen Griffen, aged 20, a domestic servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1878

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Contemporary Notables of the name Griffen (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Griffen (post 1700)



  • 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
  • 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
  • Thomas Sydney Griffen (1884-1950), Australian rugby union player
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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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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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ 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
  2. ^ 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

Other References

  1. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  4. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  5. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  6. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  7. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  8. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  10. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
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The Griffen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Griffen Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 14 October 2015 at 09:30.

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