Griffin (surname)

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Griffin
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Origin
Word/nameIrish
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

The surname "Griffin" has a number of Gaelic sources in Ireland.

Ó Gríofa

The spelling Ó Gríofa (male) or Ní Ghríofa (female) is associated with the Co. Clare family, whose surname was also anglicised as O'Griffey or O'Griffy. 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 Gríofa were chieftains of the Cineal Cuallachta branch of the Dál gCais, or Dalcassians, with their castle at Ballygriffy located in North Ballygriffey, Dysert (formerly the barony of Inchiquin). The Ó Gríofa are of the same stock as the O'Deas and the O'Quins, who belong to the Cineal Fearmaic, or more appropriately, the Ui Fearmaic. [4]

Ó Grifín

The "Ó Grifín" (male) / "Ní Ghrifín" (female) spelling belongs to the Kerry family. The Kerry Griffins are descendants of Gallowglasses who fought in the Desmond Rebellions against the English. [5]

Ó Gríofáin

Found along the Mayo, Roscommon and Galway border. [6][7]

Griffith

In Ireland, the surname Griffin can also be associated with the Welsh surname "Griffith", but to a much lesser degree.[8]

Griffin in Wales

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

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See also

References

  1. ^ 1990 Census Name Files Archived 2010-10-07 at the Library of Congress Web Archives
  2. ^ Matheson 1891
  3. ^ U.S. Census Bureau 1990
  4. ^ O'Laughlin, Michael C. Families of County Clare Ireland. Irish Genealogical Foundation. ISBN 978-0940134980.
  5. ^ "FamilyTreeDNA".
  6. ^ "Irish Surname Maps".
  7. ^ "Sloinne".
  8. ^ O'Laughin 1997
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