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.
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