When John Howard Griffin was born on 29 October 1784, in Hampton, Windham, Connecticut, United States, his father, Benjamin Griffin, was 30 and his mother, Chloe Howard, was 29. He died on 17 January 1785, in his hometown, at the age of 0.
Welsh: from the personal name Gruffin, Griffin, a pet form of Middle Welsh Gruffudd. In the Welsh border counties this name was introduced directly from Welsh, and in the eastern counties of England by Bretons from France who came over with the Norman conquest.
Irish: Anglicized (part translated) form of Gaelic Ó Gríobhtha ‘descendant of Gríobhtha’, a personal name from gríobh ‘gryphon’.
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