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This name derives from the Welsh “Gruffudd” composed of two elements: the prefix “Gruff” (strong grip) plus the suffix “iudd” (chief, lord). Griffith is a surname of Welsh origin and the earliest recorded example was "Gryffyth" in 1295, but the given name is older. Anglo-Norman scribes rendered Griffidd and Gruffydd as Griffith, with both Gruffydd and Griffith becoming the standardized forms for the same name since the High Middle Ages and into the modern era. Griffin is also linked to the Old French “griffon”, from the Latin “gryphus”, which in turn derives from the Ancient Greek “γρύψ (grúps)”, referring to a mythical beast having the body of a lion and the wings and head of an eagle.

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