Re: Scottish Gaelic word for Griffin or Gryphon
Welcome to the forum. Although I do speak Irish, I wouldn't pretend to tell you how to pronounce it properly. Just speak it with confidence, your class mates will not know any different.
The genalogy of Griffin isn't as straight forward as Copperknickers suggests it to be. This is a surname of at least three distinct origins, English, Irish &/or Welsh.
Since you mention Scottish Gaelic origins, then the Irish branch of the family is the most likely to be of interest to you. (Wikipedia has a nice map clearly showing this.)
The GRIFFIN-etc Surname Project is another interesting on-line resource.
Griffin = Ó Gríobhtha, Ó Gríofa (modern Irish spelling). There are two Gaelic Griffin surnames native to Ireland, these surnames can be traced back over 1000 years (4th century). This is prior to the arrival of Welsh-Norman planters of the name Griffiths whom have changed there name to Griffin since first arriving in Ireland. Source : Common Irish surnames
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