Griffin Family History

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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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Griffin Family Origin

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Griffin Family Occupations

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In 1880, a less common occupation for the Griffin family was Farm Laborer. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Griffin. The most common Griffin occupation in the USA was Farmer. 35% of Griffin's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


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Griffin Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

There are 110,000 immigration records available for the last name Griffin. 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 Card

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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Griffin Life Expectancy

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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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