Griffin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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.

Early Origins of the Griffin family

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.

Important Dates for the Griffin family

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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.

Early Notables of the Griffin family (pre 1700)

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Griffin migration to the United States

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 [1]
  • Rise Griffin, aged 24, who arrived in Virginia in 1621 [1]
  • Richard Griffin, who 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 [1]
  • ... (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 [1]
  • Humphrey Griffin, who landed in Virginia in 1712 [1]
  • Henry Griffin, who arrived in Virginia in 1713 [1]
  • Ambrose Griffin, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [1]
  • Andrew Griffin, who landed in Virginia in 1715 [1]
  • ... (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 [1]
  • Daw Griffin, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [1]
  • Benjamin Pitt Griffin, aged 27, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Jeremiah Griffin, aged 35, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Geo Griffin, aged 19, who landed in Key West, Fla in 1837 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Griffin migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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 [2]
  • ... (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
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Griffin migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

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 [3]
  • Rosina Griffin, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Henry Porcher" in 1838 [4]
  • C. Griffin, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839 [5]
  • Ann Griffin, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1839 [6]
  • Henry Griffin, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [7]
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Griffin migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Griffin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Griffin, who landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1840
  • John Griffin, aged 19, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842
  • Mr. CharlesGriffin, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "Duke of Portland" arriving in New Plymouth, North Island, New Zealand in 1855 [8]
  • Mrs. Griffin, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "Duke of Portland" arriving in New Plymouth, North Island, New Zealand in 1855 [8]
  • Oliver Griffin, aged 25, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Shamrock" in 1856
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Contemporary Notables of the name Griffin (post 1700)

  • Gerald D. "Gerry" Griffin (b. 1934), American former NASA flight director and director of Johnson Space Center and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Miriam Tamara Griffin (1935-2018), née Dressler, an American classical scholar and tutor of Ancient History at Somerville College, Oxford (1967-2002)
  • LaShell Renee Griffin (b. 1968), American gospel musician
  • Tom Griffin (1946-2018), American playwright, best known for his play The Boys Next Door (1988)
  • Kenneth C. Griffin (b. 1968), American hedge fund manager, billionaire and philanthropist
  • Kenneth W. "Ken" Griffin (1909-1956), American organist from Columbia, Missouri, known for his hit "You Can't Be True, Dear" (1948) which sold over 3.5 million copies
  • Erik Griffin, American stand-up comedian, writer and actor
  • 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
  • Donald Redfield Griffin (1915-2003), American professor of zoology
  • ... (Another 28 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Griffin family

Arrow Air Flight 1285
  • Mr. John Griffin (b. 1940), American Flight Captain from Miami, USA who died in the crash [9]
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 [10]
  • 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 [10]
  • 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 [10]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Charles A Griffin (b. 1921), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Alresford, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [11]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Harry Griffin (d. 1939), British Boy 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [12]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Lawrence J. Griffin, American Private First Class from Louisiana, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [13]
  • Mr. Reese Olin Griffin, American Electrician's Mate Third Class from Texas, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [13]

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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)
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HENY PORCHER 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838HenryPorcher.htm
  5. ^ 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
  6. ^ 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
  7. ^ 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
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ American War Memorials - Flight 1285. (Retrieved 2016, August 24) . Retrieved from http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/monument_details.php?SiteID=317&MemID=550
  10. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 16) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  11. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  12. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  13. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html
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