The name Grifforthe 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 Grifforthe family
The surname Grifforthe 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 Grifforthe family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Grifforthe 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 Grifforthe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Grifforthe Spelling Variations
There are relatively few surnames native to Wales
, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations
. Early variations of Welsh
surnames can be explained by the fact that very few people in the early Middle Ages were literate. Priests and the few other literate people were responsible for recording names in official documents. And because most people could not specific how to properly record their names it was up to the individual recorder of that time to determine how a spoken name should be recorded. Variations due to the imprecise or improper recording of a name continued later in history when names originally composed in the Brythonic Celtic
, language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, were transliterated into English. Welsh
names that were documented in English often changed dramatically since the native language of Wales, which was highly inflected, did not copy well. Occasionally, however, spelling variations
were carried out according to an individual's specific design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by minor variations. The spelling variations of the name Grifforthe have included Griffith, Griffiths, Gryffudd, Gryffuths and others.
Early Notables of the Grifforthe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Grifforthe family to Ireland
Some of the Grifforthe 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 Grifforthe family to the New World and Oceana
During the latter half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, the people of Wales
journeyed to North America to find a new life. They made major contributions to the arts, industry and commerce of both Canada and the United States, and added a rich cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Grifforthe: 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.