The name Grifforth 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 Grifforth family
The surname Grifforth was first found in Chirk, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, descended from the ancient Princes of Wales.
Early History of the Grifforth family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grifforth research.Another 372 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1392, 1332, 1601, 1666, 1599, 1665, 1618, 1690 and are included under the topic Early Grifforth History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Grifforth Spelling Variations
surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations
. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh
variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh
surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh
names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic
language of the Welsh
had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations
of particular Welsh
names are very important. The surname Grifforth has occasionally been spelled Griffith, Griffiths, Gryffudd, Gryffuths and others.
Early Notables of the Grifforth family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Grifforth family to Ireland
Some of the Grifforth family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 176 words (13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Grifforth family to the New World and Oceana
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 Grifforth: Henry Griffith, who settled in St. John's Harbour, Newfoundland, in 1703; Edward and Joe Griffith settled in Virginia in 1635; Griffith Griffiths settled in Virginia in 1663.