Origins Available: Irish-Alt, Irish
Ireland can be traced to this native Irish source, the name also came to Ireland in the 12th century with the Anglo- Norman invasion of Strongbow. In this instance, he Griffy surname is derived from the Welsh personal names Griffin, Gruffin, or Griffith, pet-forms of the Middle Welsh name Gruffudd.
Early Origins of the Griffy family
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
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
Griffy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
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