Origins Available: Irish-Alt
The name Griffy originally appeared in Gaelic as O Gríobhtha, which is derived from the word "gríobhtha," which means "griffin-like." While most of the instances of this name in Ireland
can be traced to this native Irish source, the name also came to Ireland
in the 12th century with the Anglo- Norman invasion
. In this instance, he Griffy surname is derived from the Welsh
personal names Griffin, Gruffin, or Griffith, pet-forms of the Middle Welsh
Early Origins of the Griffy family
The surname Griffy was first found in County Clare
(Irish: An Clár) located on the west coast of Ireland
in the province of Munster
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times.
Early History of the Griffy family
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Griffy Spelling Variations
Official documents, crafted by early scribes and church officials, primarily contained names that were spelled according to their pronunciation. This lead to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations, creating an illusion that a single person was many people. Among the many spelling variations
of the surname Griffy that are preserved in the archival documents of the time are Griffey, Griffy, O'Griffey, Griffin and others.
Early Notables of the Griffy family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Griffy family to the New World and Oceana
In the 18th and 19th centuries hundreds of thousands of Irish people immigrated to North American shores. The early settlers were enticed by the promise of their own land, but they were moderately well off in Ireland
when they decided to emigrate. Therefore, they were merely carrying out a long and carefully thought out decision. The 1840s saw the emergence of a very different trend: thousands of extremely desperate people crammed into passenger boats hoping to find any type of opportunity. The Irish of this decade had seen their homeland severely stricken by crop failures which resulted in widespread disease and starvation. At whatever time the Irish immigrants came to North America, they were instrumental in the rapid development of the emerging nations of the United States and what would become known as Canada. An exhaustive search of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many persons bearing the name Griffy, or one of its variants:
Griffy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- William Griffy, who was on record in South Carolina in 1782
Griffy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Patrick Griffy, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1846 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HOOGHLY 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Hooghly.htm
- Thomas Griffy, aged 35, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Monday 27th March 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Sir Edward Parry 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/siredwardparry1854.shtml
- Lot Griffy, aged 20, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Henry Moore"