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The Griffin 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.

Griffin Early Origins



The surname Griffin 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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Griffin Spelling Variations


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Griffin 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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Griffin Early History


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Griffin Early History



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

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Griffin Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Griffin Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

Griffin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Reginald Griffin, who landed in Virginia in 1621
  • Rise Griffin, aged 24, arrived in Virginia in 1621
  • Richard Griffin settled in Virginia in 1623
  • George Griffin who settled in St. Christopher in 1633 and later moved to Virginia
  • Elias Griffin, who arrived in Virginia in 1634
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Griffin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Owen Griffin, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Humphrey Griffin, who landed in Virginia in 1712
  • Henry Griffin, who arrived in Virginia in 1713
  • Ambrose Griffin, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Andrew Griffin, who landed in Virginia in 1715
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Griffin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Lady Christina Griffin, who arrived in Virginia in 1807
  • Daw Griffin, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Benjamin Pitt Griffin, aged 27, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Jeremiah Griffin, aged 35, landed in New York in 1812
  • Geo Griffin, aged 19, landed in Key West, Fla in 1837
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Griffin Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Griffin, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • William Griffin, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • John Griffin, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1752
  • William Griffin, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1752
  • Mr. John Griffin U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 154 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York [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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Griffin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Griffin, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1815
  • Mary Leasy Griffin, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1822
  • Catherine Griffin, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1830
  • Horatio N Griffin, who arrived in Canada in 1830
  • Ellen Griffin, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1833
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Griffin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Henry Griffin, English convict from Berkshire, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
  • Rosina Griffin arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Henry Porcher" in 1838 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HENY PORCHER 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838HenryPorcher.htm
  • C. Griffin arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of South Australia. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) ASIA 1839 from London with Captain Benjamin Freeman and 245 passengers, arrived Port Adelaide on 16-07-1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Asia-list.htm
  • Ann Griffin arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1839 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SIR CHARLES FORBES (originally Charles Forbes) 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839SirCharlesForbes.htm
  • Henry Griffin, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Griffin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Griffin landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1840
  • John Griffin, aged 19, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842
  • Oliver Griffin, aged 25, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Shamrock" in 1856
  • Eliza Griffin, aged 21, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Shamrock" in 1856
  • Kate Griffin, aged 2, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Shamrock" in 1856
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Griffin (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Griffin (post 1700)



  • Don Griffin (1955-2015), American singer and guitarist, founding member of The Miracles
  • Walter Burley Griffin (1876-1937), American architect and landscape architect; he designed Canberra, Australia
  • Kenneth W. "Ken" Griffin (1909-1956), American organist
  • Kenneth C. Griffin (b. 1968), American hedge fund manager
  • Donald Redfield Griffin (1915-2003), American professor of zoology
  • Cedric Leonard Griffin (b. 1982), American NFL football cornerback for the Washington Redskins
  • Cyrus Griffin (1749-1810), American lawyer and judge, the last President of the Continental Congress
  • James Arthur Griffin (1943-2005), American Academy Award winning singer, guitarist, and songwriter, best known for his work with the 1970s rock band Bread
  • John Arnold Griffin III (1928-2008), American bop and hard bop tenor saxophonist
  • Archie Mason Griffin (b. 1954), former American football running back
  • ... (Another 17 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Griffin Historic Events


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Griffin Historic Events




Arrow Air Flight 1285

  • Mr. John Griffin (b. 1940), American Flight Captain from Miami, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada

Empress of Ireland

  • Mrs. Violetta Griffin (1887-1914), née Boaz Canadian Third Class Passenger from Brantford, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mrs. Grace Griffin (1886-1914), née Withnell Canadian Second Class Passenger from Cloverdale, British Columbia, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Miss Winniefred Griffin (1913-1914), Canadian Second Class Passenger from Cloverdale, British Columbia, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Charles A Griffin (b. 1921), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Alresford, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Griffin


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Suggested Readings for the name Griffin



  • Gershom & Phoebe Griffin, Their Ancestors and Descendants by Elaine Washburn Olney.
  • A Griffin and Related Families History by Paul E. Griffin.

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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



  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) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HENY PORCHER 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838HenryPorcher.htm
  4. ^ State Library of South Australia. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) ASIA 1839 from London with Captain Benjamin Freeman and 245 passengers, arrived Port Adelaide on 16-07-1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Asia-list.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SIR CHARLES FORBES (originally Charles Forbes) 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839SirCharlesForbes.htm
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843

Other References

  1. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  2. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  3. 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.
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  5. 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.
  6. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  8. 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).
  9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  10. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
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The Griffin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Griffin 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.

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