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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
  • Rosina Griffin arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Henry Porcher" in 1838
  • C. Griffin arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839
  • Ann Griffin arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1839
  • Henry Griffin, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
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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
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  • 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
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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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  • 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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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



  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

Other References

  1. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  2. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  3. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  4. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  5. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  7. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  9. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. 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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