Griffeth History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Griffeth 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.
Gruffydd ab Llewelyn (d. 1063), King of the Welsh, was the son of Llewelyn, the son of Seisyll. His father, who, according to a late authority, had married Angharad, daughter of Maredudd, son of Owain, a descendant of Hywel Dda (Gwentian Brut, sub an. 994), had been a vigorous ruler over Gwynedd. 
Gruffydd ab Rhydderch (d. 1055), king of the South Welsh, was the son of Rhydderch, son of lestin, who in 1023 had assumed the government of the south after the death of Llewelyn ab Seisyll, and was killed by the Irish in 1033. 
Gruffydd ab Cynan (1055?-1137), King of Gwynedd or North Wales, was, through his father Cynan, son of Iago, a descendant of Rhodri Mawr and of the ancient royal line of Gwynedd. 
Gruffydd ab Gwenwynwyn (d. 1286?), was Lord of Cyveiliog, Upper Powys, or, as it was called from his father, Powys Gwenwynwyn, was the son of Gwenwynwyn, the son of Owain Cyveiliog. 
Early Origins of the Griffeth family
The surname Griffeth was first found in Chirk, where Gruffyd ap Madog Vnyon was listed in 1392. 
Early History of the Griffeth family
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Griffeth Spelling Variations
There are relatively few surnames native to Wales, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. Early variations of Welsh surnames can be explained by the fact that very few people in the early Middle Ages were literate. Priests and the few other literate people were responsible for recording names in official documents. And because most people could not specific how to properly record their names it was up to the individual recorder of that time to determine how a spoken name should be recorded. Variations due to the imprecise or improper recording of a name continued later in history when names originally composed in the Brythonic Celtic, language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, were transliterated into English. Welsh names that were documented in English often changed dramatically since the native language of Wales, which was highly inflected, did not copy well. Occasionally, however, spelling variations were carried out according to an individual's specific design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by minor variations. The spelling variations of the name Griffeth have included Griffith, Griffiths, Gryffudd, Gryffuths and others.
Early Notables of the Griffeth family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Mauirce Griffith, Griffyth or Griffyn (d. 1558), Bishop of Rochester, born in Wales, and educated in the south suburb of Oxford, among the Dominicans. 
Edmund Griffith (1570-1637), was Bishop of Bangor, born at Cevnamlwch in Lleyn, the promontory of Carnarvonshire, in 1570. 
John Griffith or Griffin ( fl. 1553), was a Welsh monk of the order of Cistercians in the, monastery of Halesowen in Worcestershire. 
George Griffith (1601-1666), was Welsh bishop of St...
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Migration of the Griffeth family to Ireland
Some of the Griffeth family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Griffeth migration to the United States +
Many Welsh families joined their Scottish and Irish neighbors during the late 1800s and early 1900s in seeking refuge in North America. Like the Irish and Scottish, many Welsh anxiously awaited the work, freedom, and opportunities that they believed lay in North America. Those who did journey over to the United States and what became known as Canada often realized those dreams, but only through much toil and perseverance. Whenever and however these Welsh immigrants arrived in North America, they were instrumental in the creation of the industry, commerce, and cultural heritage within those two developing nations. In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Griffeth were found:
Griffeth Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Tho Griffeth, who arrived in Virginia in 1647 
- Silvanus Griffeth, who arrived in Virginia in 1649 
- William Griffeth, who arrived in Virginia in 1650 
- Margarett Griffeth, who arrived in Virginia in 1651 
- Mary Griffeth, who landed in Virginia in 1652 
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Griffeth Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Richard Griffeth, who arrived in Virginia in 1701 
Griffeth Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Rose Griffeth, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811 
- Biddy Griffeth, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811 
Contemporary Notables of the name Griffeth (post 1700) +
- Leon Clifford Griffeth (1925-2007), American Major League Baseball pitcher
- Nancy D. Griffeth (b. 1945), Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science
- Bill Griffeth, American financial journalist from CNBC
- Simone Griffeth (b. 1950), American actress
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- ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
- ^ 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)