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" (male) / "Ní Ghríofa" (female) 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". Prior to the Irish spelling review, "Ó Gríofa" was spelt "Ó Gríobhtha".

The "Ó Grifín" (male) / "Ní Ghrifín" (female) 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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