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GRIFFITH and GRIFFITHS - Name Meaning & Origin

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GRIFFITH Surname Meaning & Origin:

The descriptive surname Griffith comes from the Old Welsh name Grippiud, which later became the Middle Welsh Gruffudd and Gruffydd, where udd means "chief or lord." The name with the added "s" ending may have the same meaning, or may have derived from "son of Griffith."

GRIFFITHS is also a possible variation of GRIFFIN, a descriptive surname given to a man whose qualities or disposition resembled that of a griffin.

Surname Origin:

Welsh

Alternate Surname Spellings:

GRIFFITHS, GRIFFIN, GRIFFIES, GRIFFIS, GRUFFYDD, GRUFFUDD, GUTO

Fun Facts About the Griffith Surname:

The Griffith's Valuation of Ireland was executed under the direction of Sir Richard Griffith to determine the amount of tax each person should pay towards the support of the poor within their poor law union (division of land). Griffith's Valuation is now one of the most valuable sources of information for people researching Irish ancestors.

Famous People with the Surname GRIFFITH:

  • Florence Griffith Joyner - Born Florence Delorez Griffith, "Flo Jo" was an American track and field athlete with several Olympic gold medals and world records to her credit.
  • Andy Griffith - American actor, best known for his leading roles in The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock.

Genealogy Resources for the Surname GRIFFITH:

Common Surname Search Tips
Tips and tricks for researching your KHAN ancestors online.

GRIFFITH Family Genealogy Forum
Free message board is focused on descendants of Griffith ancestors around the world. There's also a small forum for GRIFFITHS.

FamilySearch - GRIFFITHS Genealogy
Find records, queries, and lineage-linked family trees posted for the Griffiths surname.

GRIFFITHS Surname Mailing List
Free mailing list for researchers of the Griffiths surname and its variations includes subscription details and a searchable archives of past messages.

Cousin Connect - GRIFFITHS Genealogy Queries
Read or post genealogy queries for the surname Griffiths or Griffith, and sign up for free notification when new Griffith queries are added.

DistantCousin.com - GRIFFITHS Genealogy & Family History
Free databases and genealogy links for the last name Griffiths.

MyCinnamonToast.com - GRIFFITHS Genealogy in All Regions
Centralized search results for family trees and other genealogy info on the Griffiths surname.

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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. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

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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