Last name: Griffiths

This ancient Welsh surname derives from the Old Welsh personal name "Grippiud", which gradually developed into "Griffudd", and "Gruffudd", and the early standard form "Gruffydd". The normal pronunciation of the name in South Wales became "Griffidd", and those medieval scribes who were not Welsh generally wrote "Griffith", as being the closest phonetic spelling within their writing system. This form, Griffith, and Griffiths the patronymic came to be used almost universally, as forename and surname, throughout Wales. The first element of the name, "Griff", is of uncertain origin, but is thought to mean "strong grip", with "(i)udd" the second element meaning "chief, lord". The first recording of the surname in England occurs in 1524, when one Jone Gryffyth is listed in the Suffolk Subsidy Rolls. One Richard Griffiths was an early emigrant to the New World colonies, leaving London on the "Hopewell" in February 1634, bound for the Barbadoes. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of David Gryttyth, which was dated 1295, the Lordship of Oswestry, during the reign of King Edward 1, known as "The Hammer of the Scots", 1272 - 1307. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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alex griffith
hi i am a griffith too. i think its really cool that we are all griffiths pretty cool how many griffiths that there is.

Jesse Griffith
What's good fam! I live in Ohio, and I'm the singer in my band! I dream to perhaps move back to the homelands someday with my brother. We're definitely visiting regardless!

Louise Griffiths
I'm irish :)

Sharon Griffiths
I am Sharon Griffiths and my fathers family live in anglesey North wales.

Amy Woestman (nee Griffiths)
I was born Amy Griffiths. My father's family is from Idaho, and I would love to learn about my heritage on the Griffiths side. I know I am of Welsh and English/Norman descent (Warren surname). I was wondering if anyone knew about what Celtic tribe we Griffiths' are associated with? My research suggests the Ordovices, but it is possibly the Cornovii as well, since Gruffydd (Gruffudd) is middle Welsh.

Mariah Griffiths
I live in Australia NSW, we have a long line of Griffiths relatives from Ireland. We call ourselves the Griffos :)

Craig Griffiths
Scottish born and bred like my dad. My grandfather and great grandfather came from Rothesay in Scotland and my great great grandfather from Swansea, Wales. I can trace my family back to Griffith in Swansea to the 1700s

Franchesca Marie Griffiths
I had no idea there were so many other Griffiths's <3 My mother's maiden name is O'Neil, and I'm so proud to be Irish and Welsh.

Belle Griffiths
Woah it's creepy with how true that is. Never knew where the name Griffiths came from, but now I do :)

Summer Griffiths
my father was born in England, but I believe his family was originally from Wales. Growing up in a small new england town in the US, my surname was totally unique - its awesome to see that there are so many other Griffiths descendants out there :D

Xarifa Cooper
My mother's maiden name was Griffiths and I have traced the family back to 1797 at Abergwesin mid Wales. The family tradition is that they were descended from Llewellyn ap Gruffydd on the wrong side of the blanket.

Jan Kuntz
my fathers birth name was Donald Keith Griffiths London Canada any relatives want to claim us?

Karla Griffiths
Hi I'm from canada- and loved reading all of these. I'm interested in looking in to my family back ground but not sure where to look. Any ideas ? I know they came from Wales. And that about all! :)

Candice Griffiths
Wow lol this is interesting :)

Ed Griffith
I live in US. I would like to learn the Welsh language, but I'm having a difficult time finding an instructer in my area.

Marjory griffiths
I would like to know of the griffiths in England

I would like to find out more!! My dads side of the family is from wales :)

Just dropped by to say hello. I own Gruffydd Studios here in Virginia which is a gallery of military miniatures.

Elizabeth Griffith

One thing I know is that Griffiths are very proud of their name. I am too. My great grandfather John Griffith was born in Barbados along with two other brothers one of which went to Australia. I would love to discover my family ancestry back to Wales...not an easy task.

Emily Griffiths

That is soooo interesting, like. Boom.

Winston Esmail Griffiths

I was born in Jamaica my Father name was John Griffiths he was born in Manchester he have 2 Brother one live in Hanover and the other one live in St Thomas, one name Uberts the other i just cant remember, He used to say his Grandfather, was from Wales,I visit there a few time because am living in London at the moment, From what i understand all the Griffiths in Jamaica r family one of my Uncle did a search ,and the Griffiths r from wales ,

James Stewart Griffiths

Hello. I'm from a long history of the Griffiths family, many years ago, there was 3 Griffiths family's, I know this from my grandfather and my great grandfather archives which shows the Griffiths legacy, we have a castle, we are lords, but we are not part of the royal family, but we are close to it. In wealth, land, and in the decendents from the Griffiths bloodline, in 2015 I'm arranging for as many Griffiths still alive to meet up in north wales so we can discuss our heritage, I'm from Wales, more accurately my family is from north wales the true heritage bloodline, splits down to 3 family's, that's why many of you may not know other griffiths's.

Sam Griffiths

Hi, I'm half Welsh, half English and I too am very proud of my surname, interesting to hear all Griffiths' belong to one of three original families

Jonathan Griffiths

My parents Fred and Aileen, have two really different sides. My mom was born in Jakarta, Indonesia. Her dad was a veternarean and a army soldier in World war 2. My moms dad (opa) was born in China; he moved to Indonesia to escape China in the second world war. When he arrived in Indonesia he became a Indonesian member, and fought as a Indonesian soldier for Indonesia's freedom during WW2. They settled in Jakarta; and Oma and opa gave birth to my mom. My mom grew up, met my dad through a college meeting, and met my dad. On my dads side, my great great grandmother Adele Hartl was born in western Russia. WW1 came along and my great grandma had to escape the bullsheviks; she fledded to Russia. She met my great great grandpa Emanuel and made a baby with him Silvia (my great Grandma). Emanuel turned out to be a spy for Romainia, he was assigned to have a banquet associated with Adolf Hitler it went well. By the time WW2 came along. My great grandparents were living in Romania. Hitler manipulated the continent of Europe into a communist continent. Romania was under bars of communist rules. My Great grandparents couldn't take it; so Adele and her sister went through the sours of Romania during the world war. Adeles sister was caught by policemen; taken back to her home in Romania. Adele succeeded in fleeing Romania, into Germany. Adele and her only daughter Silvia took a boat from Germany to the USA for a safer-non-communist-nation. They ended up in living in Los Angeles and Silvia and her (unknown) husband gave birth to My grandmother and her 3 siblings. My grandmother and her siblings grew a stressful childhood as there mom and dad died of cancer. Though my grandmother met a fine English gentleman at 18 years old named John Griffiths. They had 3 kids, one was my dad. He grew and had me.

Jonathan Griffiths

Forgot to say. I was born in Football crazy, Green Bay, Wisconsin. Moved to Oregon for 7 years. Then Arlington, TX.

Patricia Griffiths

Can anyone tell me what the welsh Griffiths family motto is?

Dee Legg

Hi, my grandmother was Nora Winifred Griffiths (b: 9/7/1913), she had a brother Arthur Royston and a brother Edward. They came to Australia from Birkenhead UK with their mother Amy in about 1926, their father John Edward had passed away earlier. Amy's maiden name is Blackburn and she re-married once in Australia to Carl Forst. Does anyone know of this family please?

Valerie Griffiths

This is interesting, since my Great Grandfather (a Griffiths) was shipped off to Canada, from England, after his mother and father both died shortly after his younger brother's birth.

Cherie Griffiths

There are more Griffiths! I live in a small town in England which have three different familys with the last name Griffiths yet are not related....i love my name. Very proud to be a Griffiths

Danny Williams

My dads father is a griffiths from Wales but never met him as adopted at birth as his parents where both only 16 which was fround at in those days. We know his father was a vicar with 3 children & his name was David & lived in Wales. Love to find information out for my dad.

Hi im love the research of different families my grt grt grt grandmother was Mary Ann Griffiths B: abt 1865 who married John Hillier thats all i know any info be so welcome My mothers surname is Allen her father side her mother Faulstick/Faulstich

Mary J Flanagan
My mother's Grandfather's name is Richard Griffiths. He was born in 1900 and died in the summer of 1978 or 1979. His sister's name was Clara, Bernice and Carrie. My mother's Mother's name was Bertha. We grew up in Chicago.

David M Griffith
My father and Grandfather name was David Ross Griffith. All of us are from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania USA. Interesting reading this information on the name. Would love to visit Wales and learn more.

Bridger David Griffiths
I thought it was great to find out where my family is from.

Patricia Griffiths
Born nodth Wales, proud of my heritage, traced my family back to Chirk

Kerry griffiths. I love my surname. Great people have this name.

Carlos Griffiths
Well, is nice to know where your last name comes from. I´m a Griffiths far from home in South America.

Robert Griffiths
A little bit of hair is all

John Alfred griffiths 18 11 66
My gather john Griffith's origin n wales moved to Dina's Rhondda s wales his son john Colin Griffith's b 15 7 40 my dad b Dina's trying to trace gather history of him he was in rhme ww2 pow. In stalag 4 yes need to know more bout him I think he had sister Nancy m name Evans also Caernarvonshire Gwynedd then blank

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