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What does Griffin mean?

Griffin Pronunciation of Griffin [grif-fin] as a boys' name is pronounced GRIF-en. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Griffin is "hooked nose". In Greek mythology and medieval legend, the Gryphon was a fierce creature with the foreparts of an eagle (hence the hooked nose) and the hindquarters of a lion. Use as a name may be linked to the heraldic use of the animal. Earlier use in the 19th century may be from the surname, from the medieval Latin form Griffinus of Griffith . Actor Griffin Dunne.

Associated with: greek, medieval, fierce, eagle, lion, 19th century, surname.


Griffin has 13 variants: Griff, Griffen, Griffon, Griffudd, Griffyn, Gruffud, Gruffydd, Gryffen, Gryffin, Gryphon, Guto, Gutun and Gutyn.

Creative forms:
(male) Garfin, Grafin, ..

(female) Grifena, Grifna, ..

Middle name pairings:
Griffin Branson (G.B.), ..

How popular is Griffin?

Griffin is an unusual given name for men but a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#114 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Griffin reached its top position of #215 in the U.S. in 1998, and is currently at #236. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Griffin name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Griffin outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Griffen and Griffith are the popular varying forms of Griffin (#236 from recent data). Adoption of these forms of Griffin was at its most widespread 3 years ago (usage of 0.1%) and has remained as widespread to this day (usage 0.1%, down 3%). Griffin has been the most well-known version.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Griffin, Griffen, Griffith in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Griffin and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended names are Coffin, Crispin, Geffen, Girvin, Gridlie, Krispin and Tristin. Like Griffin, these names are not frequently used.

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