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

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 UK named Griffin. 3% of Griffin men worked as a General Labourer and 50% of Griffin women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Griffin were Gardener and Domestic Servant

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Bricklayer
  • Gardener

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Housewife
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Domestic Servant

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

Griffin Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 1 million census records available for the last name Griffin. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Griffin census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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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 UK, 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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