Griffith Family Crest, Coat of Arms & Griffith Name Origin

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Origin of the Name Griffith

The ancient history of the name Griffith was found in the archives. Griffith is a baptismal name meaning 'the son of Griffin', borne by early Welsh Princes. This name is of Welsh descent spreading to England , Ireland and Scotland in early times, and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout the above countries. Examples of such are a John Griffith , of Bangor, who was recorded in the 'Wills of Chester', in the year 1585. Robertus Gryffyn was recorded in the 'Poll Tax' of the West Riding of Yorkshire , England , in the year 1379. In Ireland the main sept of this name was O'Griobhtha, whose territory was in Thomond. Another sept was located near Kenmare in County Kerry . Griffey and Griffin are other anglicized forms of this Gaelic name.
The Griffith coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Griffith descendants.
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