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Griffiths Name Meaning

Welsh (Glamorgan and western England): Anglicized form of the patronymic (ap) Gruffudd from Old Welsh Grippiud (see Griffith ).

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


Similar surnames: Griffith, Griffin, Griffitt, Griffeth, Griffis, Griff, Ruffins

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Where is the Griffiths family from?

You can see how Griffiths families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Griffiths family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Griffiths families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 27 Griffiths families living in New York. This was about 51% of all the recorded Griffiths's in USA. New York had the highest population of Griffiths families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Griffiths surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Griffiths ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Griffiths. 12% of Griffiths men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Griffiths women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Griffiths were Clerk and Stenographer. .

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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 1940

  • Laborer
    12%
  • Farmer
    8%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Clerk
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Clerk
    10%
  • Teacher
    10%
  • Housewife
    9%
  • Stenographer
    8%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 170,000 immigration records available for the last name Griffiths. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 57,000 military records available for the last name Griffiths. For the veterans among your Griffiths ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Griffiths lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Griffiths life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Griffiths in 1942 was 25, and 79 in 2004.

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