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Last Name Meaning & Related Resources for the Surname GRIFFIN

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Definition: 1) A descriptive name given to a man whose qualities or disposition resembled the mythical creature of the same name. 2) Griffwn, in Welsh, means "crooked nose" or "hawk's beak." 3) "Gryffyn", in the Cornish British, means "to give." 4) GRIFFIN may also be a variation of GRIFFITH or GRIFFETH from the Middle Welsh "Gruffudd," where "udd" means chief or lord.

Surname Origin: Welsh

Alternate Surname Spellings: GRIFFWN, GRIFFITH, GRIFFETH, GRIFFEN

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DistantCousin.com - GRIFFIN Genealogy & Family History
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References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Collins Celtic (Pocket edition), 1998.

Fucilla, Joseph. Our Italian Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 2003.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Great Britain: Oxford University Press, 1989.

Reaney, P.H. A Dictionary of English Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1997.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.

 

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