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The name Griffith 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.

Griffith Early Origins



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

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Griffith Spelling Variations


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Griffith Spelling Variations



Compared to other ancient cultures found in the British Isles, the number of Welsh surnames are relatively few, but there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations. These spelling variations began almost as soon as surname usage became common. People could not specify how to spell their own names leaving the specific recording up to the individual scribe or priest. Those recorders would then spell the names as they heard them, causing many different variations. Later, many Welsh names were recorded in English. This transliteration process was extremely imprecise since the Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh used many sounds the English language was not accustomed to. Finally, some variations occurred by the individual's design: a branch loyalty within a family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The Griffith name over the years has been spelled Griffith, Griffiths, Gryffudd, Gryffuths and others.

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Griffith Early History


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Griffith Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Griffith research. Another 495 words (35 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1392, 1332, 1601, 1666, 1599, 1665, 1618 and 1690 are included under the topic Early Griffith History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Griffith Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Griffith Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Griffith In Ireland


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Griffith In Ireland



Some of the Griffith family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



Many people from Wales joined the general migration to North America in the 19th and 20th centuries, searching for land, work, and freedom. Like the many other immigrants from the British Isles, they made a significant contribution to the development of Canada and the United States. The Welsh and their descendents added a rich cultural tradition to the newly developed towns, cities, and villages. An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Griffith:

Griffith Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Ambrose Griffith, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • George Griffith, who arrived in New England in 1631
  • Jo Griffith, aged 20, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Edward and Joe Griffith settled in Virginia in 1635
  • William Griffith settled in Virginia in 1635
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Griffith Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Elizabeth Griffith, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1701
  • Elizabeth, Griffith Jr., who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1701
  • Judith Griffith, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1701-1703
  • Samuel Griffith, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1701-1703
  • Hugh Griffith, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1704
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Griffith Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Aiex Griffith, who arrived in New York, NY in 1804
  • Richard Griffith, who arrived in Maryland in 1804
  • Robert Griffith, who arrived in New York, NY in 1804
  • Daniel Griffith, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808
  • Robert Griffith, who arrived in America in 1810
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Griffith Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • William Griffith, who landed in Alaska in 1900

Griffith Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Henry Griffith, who settled in St. John's Harbour, Newfoundland, in 1703 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • Fenton Griffith, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Thomas Griffith, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Dorcas Griffith, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1778
  • Mr. Hester Griffith U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbor, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 [2]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.)

Griffith Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Margaret Griffith, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1831
  • Ellen Griffith arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Zephyr" in 1833
  • William Griffith, aged 60, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Charity" from Kinsale, Ireland
  • Patrick Griffith, aged 21, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Charity" from Kinsale, Ireland
  • James Griffith, aged 20, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Charity" from Kinsale, Ireland
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Griffith Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Emma Griffith, aged 16, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Florentia"
  • Maria Griffith, aged 21, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Rodney"
  • Mary J. Griffith, aged 19, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Lismoyne"
  • John Griffith, aged 40, a mason, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Agincourt"
  • Esther Griffith, aged 15, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Agincourt"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Griffith Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • J Griffith landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1842
  • Mary Griffith, aged 23, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1870
  • Ellen Griffith, aged 26, a nurse, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hudson" in 1879

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Contemporary Notables of the name Griffith (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Griffith (post 1700)



  • Barnes Griffith, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 1948; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Kansas 3rd District, 1950
  • Austin E. Griffith, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Washington 1st District, 1914
  • Arthur C. Griffith, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Missouri, 1924; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1928 (alternate), 1932
  • Arthur Griffith, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 3rd District, 1924
  • Andrew D. Griffith, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 1952, 1956 (alternate)
  • A. M. Griffith, American Republican politician, Member of Ohio State House of Representatives from Clinton County; Elected 1897
  • A. J. Griffith, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 9th District, 1877-80
  • Benjamin Griffith, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from Colorado, 1914
  • Benjamin Whitfield Griffith (b. 1853), American politician, Mayor of Vicksburg, Mississippi, 1905-09; Warren County Treasurer, 1912-16
  • Blair A. Griffith, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, 1975-78
  • ... (Another 107 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Griffith Historic Events


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Griffith Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Gladstone Fitzgerald  Griffith (1917-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. George Griffith, English Second Waiter from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

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Griffith Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  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

Other References

  1. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  3. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  6. Thirsk, Joan ed. Et. Al. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  11. ...

The Griffith Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Griffith 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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