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  • A. Lunsford (1640 - d.)
  • Alice James (1711 - d.)
  • Ann Drake (c.1682 - bef.1728)
    1. ANN GRIFFIN was born ABT 1682 in ISLE OF WIGHT CO VA, and died BEF 27 JAN 1728 in ISLE OF WIGHT CO VA. She was the daughter of 2. OWEN GRIFFIN and 3. MARY HUNTT. family She married THOMAS DR...
  • Ann (Reffin - Griffin) Byrnes [Convict "Experiment" 1804] (1783 - 1839)
    Ann GRIFFIN (aka REFFIN) was born c1788 Ann was convicted and sentenced to 7 years transportation. She arrived in Sydney Cove on 24/6/1804 on "Experiment" Ann married David BYRNES on 23/12/1810 at ...

About the Griffin surname

Griffin is a surname of unrelated families. Both my mother and father came from unrelated Griffin families.

My mother's Griffin Family:

In England Griffin is often a place name meaning someone lived near, say, a pub with a picture of a griffin (the second most common animal in British heraldry).

My father's Griffin family:

In Ireland there are two major unrelated Griffin families, one (my father's) based around Waterford and Tipperary which migrated from Wales around 1100 AD as "Griffith" and changed the name to "Griffin" and a larger Griffin family centered around Kerry where Griffin is used as the anglicized form of a Gaelic name.

-- James Griffin, Forest Hills, New York