Griffin (surname)

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Griffin
Family name
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Griffin surname map
Meaning "descendant of the Griffin-like"
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Griffin is a surname of primarily Irish origin. Griffin was the 75th most common surname on the island of Ireland in 1891.[2] It was estimated in 2000 that Griffin is the 114th most common surname in the U.S., with a population in the order of two hundred thousand.[3]

Griffin in Ireland[edit]

The surname "Griffin" has two primary Gaelic sources in Ireland, which pertain to the towns of Ballygriffey in Co. Clare, and Ballygriffin in Co. Kerry. The spelling "Ó Gríofa" is associated with the Co. Clare family, whose surname was also anglicised as "O'Griffey" or "Griffey". "Ó Gríofa" translates to English as "descendant of the Griffin-like". The "Ó Grifín" spelling belongs to the Kerry family. In Ireland, the name can also be associated with the Welsh surname "Griffith", but to a much lesser degree.[4]

Griffin in Wales[edit]

The surname "Griffin" in Wales, generally speaking, is a variant of the surname "Griffith", or other similar Welsh names.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 1990 Census Name Files
  2. ^ Matheson 1891
  3. ^ U.S. Census Bureau 1990
  4. ^ O'Laughin 1997
  • "Surname Map for Griffin in Britain, Ireland and Mann." (map). CelticFamilyMaps.com. Retrieved 2010-03-01. 
  • O'Laughin, M. C. (1997). "The Book of Irish Families Great & Small". Irish Genealogical Foundation
  • Matheson, R. E. (1891). "Special Report on Surnames in Ireland"
  • Williams, M. (1996) "Researching Local History"
  • U.S. Census Bureau (1990), Population Division, Population Analysis & Evaluation Staff

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