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Griffin Name Meaning

Welsh: from a medieval Latinized form, Griffinus, of the Welsh personal name Gruffudd (see Griffith). English: nickname for a fierce or dangerous person, from Middle English griffin ‘gryphon’ (from Latin gryphus, Greek gryps, of Assyrian origin). Irish: Anglicized (part translated) form of Gaelic Ó Gríobhtha ‘descendant of Gríobhtha’, a personal name from gríobh ‘gryphon’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Giffin, Griffo, Griff, Griffey, Griffee, Griffy, Griffith, Goffin

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Where is the Griffin family from?

You can see how Griffin families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Griffin family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Griffin families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 2,129 Griffin families living in London. This was about 16% of all the recorded Griffin's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Griffin families in 1891.
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What did your Griffin ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Griffin. 8% of Griffin men worked as a General Labourer and 65% of Griffin women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Griffin were Retired and Domestic Servant. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
    8%
  • Builders Labourer
    3%
  • Gardener
    3%
  • Retired
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    65%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Housewife
    3%
  • Domestic Servant
    2%
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There are 188,000 military records available for the last name Griffin. For the veterans among your Griffin ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Griffin lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Griffin life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Griffin in 1940 was 40, and 73 in 2004.

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