Griffin Name History

Griffin Irish Name History

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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. 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.

The surname "Griffin" has two primary Gaelic sources in Ireland, which pertain to the towns of Ballygriffey in Co. Clare, and Ballygriffin in Co. Cork.

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.

Learn more about the Griffin name

The Framed Irish Family Name History, (#1760) has more information on the Griffin surname. There is a wide selection of Griffin coat of arms products at The Irish Rose. Please visit the Irish Coat of Arms page.

Is there a Griffin Pub in Ireland?

There are at least two Griffin Pubs in Ireland. Be sure to visit one or both on your next trip over.

If you can't visit in person, our personalized Griffin's Pub gifts are the next best thing!

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