Griffin Family Crest


Griffin family crest

Colors on the Griffin family crest explained

Argent (silver) -represents sincerity and peace and the Griffin family reputation for these values.

Sable (black) - symbolises constancy and the enduring nature of this family. 

Or (Gold) -  symbolizes the historical generosity of this ancient family.



  Symbols on the Griffin family crest explained

The Griffin - represents bravery and the death-defying nature of ancient Griffin family members.


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Origins of the Griffin family name

    The earliest known origin of the name Griffin is from the 7th century.

    The name was first used by the Anglo-Saxons in England.

    It is thought to be derived from the Old English word grifan, which means "to grip or seize", it was used as a description of a fearsome person. 

    The name was also used in Wales and Ireland as a reference to a chief, king or prince.

    The griffin was also a popular motif in medieval heraldry.


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    Summary of the Griffin family and the Griffin family crest

    • The name Griffin is derived from the Old English word grifan, meaning "strong hold.
    • The name Griffin first appears in the Domesday Book of 1086, where it is listed as a Norman name.
    • The Griffins were a powerful noble family in medieval England and Wales.
    • The first recorded use of the coat of arms of the Griffin family dates back to 12th century.
    • The Griffins were staunch supporters of the House of York during the Wars of the Roses.
    • The Griffin family's fortunes began to decline in the late 15th century.
    • The last Griffin Lord of Braybrook Castle died in 1526.
    • The Griffin family estates were sold off during the 16th and 17th centuries.
    • The last Griffin Baronet, Sir Richard Griffin, died without male heirs in 1796.
    • The Griffin family first came to America in the 1600s.
    • The first family members to come to America were John and Priscilla Griffin. They sailed from England in 1620.