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Origins of the Griffiths surname

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What does the name Griffiths mean?

The Griffiths surname is Welsh in origin, and is thought to come from the Old Welsh 'Griphiud'. As with many names in Wales, Griffiths is patronymic and became established in the 1500s as surnames became widespread in the country. The surname Griffiths would have been given to those who were the son or descendant of Griffith/Gruffyd.

Alternative variations of the name Griffiths

Griffiths, Griffith, Gryffiths, Gryffith, Greffiths

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Where do most Griffithses live?

In 1921, most Griffithses lived in South West.

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Interesting facts about Griffithses

How common is your surname?

74th most common surname in the UK

We have 515,000 records for the Griffiths surname. The oldest one dates back to 1318.

Who were Griffithses most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Griffiths first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Griffithses

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Griffithses in 1921


General Servant Domestic


Domestic Servant


House Servant


General Servant


Common Male occupations for Griffithses in 1921
Coal Miner




Coal Miner Hewer


General Labourer


Agricultural Labourer


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