Subject: Re: McGriff
Author: Jim Young   (guest)
Date: August 13, 2005 at 4:25 PM
Reply to: Re: McGriff by Jim Young

There is a surname McNiff, which appears to have its origin in Galloway, South-West Scotland. There the surname McNeill sometimes became McGreal, McNaughton became McCracken. See where this is leading? McNiff to McGriff - why not? It's a possibility.
McNiff, according to Black (Surnames of Scotland), is probably the same as the Irish MacCondhuibh, englished as McAniff, Coniff and Cuniff. Condhuibh is the genitive form of Cudubh, meaning "black hound".

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