Griffies History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Griffies 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.

Early Origins of the Griffies family

The surname Griffies was first found in Chirk, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, descended from the ancient Princes of Wales.

Important Dates for the Griffies family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Griffies research. Another 248 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1392, 1332, 1601, 1666, 1599, 1665, 1618, 1690 and are included under the topic Early Griffies History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Griffies Spelling Variations

Although there are not an extremely large number Welsh surnames, there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations of those surnames. This variety of spellings began almost immediately after the acceptance of surnames within Welsh society. As time progressed, these old Brythonic names were eventually were recorded in English. This process was problematic in that many of the highly inflected sounds of the native language of Wales could not be properly captured in English. Some families, however, did decide to modify their own names to indicate a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even a patriotic affiliation. The name Griffies has seen various spelling variations: Griffith, Griffiths, Gryffudd, Gryffuths and others.

Early Notables of the Griffies family (pre 1700)

Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Griffies Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Griffies family to Ireland

Some of the Griffies family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 62 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Griffies migration to the United States

The Welsh migration to North America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries contributed greatly to its rapid development. These migrants were in search of land, work, and freedom. Those Welsh families that survived the long ocean journey were critical to the development of new industries and factories, and to the quick settlement of land. They also added to an ever-growing rich cultural heritage. A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Griffies:

Griffies Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Griffith Griffies, who landed in America in 1765 [1]

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
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