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The Griffey 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.

Griffey Early Origins



The surname Griffey 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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Griffey Spelling Variations


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Griffey 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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Griffey Early History


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Griffey Early History



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

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Griffey Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Griffey Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Griffey 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:

Griffey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Griffey, who came to the colonies of Maryland or Virginia in 1671
  • Thomas Griffey, who arrived in Virginia in 1671

Griffey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Griffey, who settled in New Jersey in 1868

Griffey Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Michael Griffey, who came to Ontario in 1871

Griffey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Griffey, aged 30, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Victoria Regia"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Griffey (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Griffey (post 1700)



  • Clinton G. Griffey, American politician, Member of Michigan State Senate 31st District, 1889

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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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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    2. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    4. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    5. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    6. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    9. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    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 Griffey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Griffey 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 27 June 2014 at 10:11.

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