What does Griffin mean?
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.
(male) Garfin, Grafin, ..
(female) Grifena, Grifna, .. Middle name pairings:
Griffin Stellan (G.S.), ..
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)
Shown below is the baby name history of Griffin for boys. Griffin reached its top position of #215 in the U.S. in 1998, and is currently at #236. (Top Baby Names, 2015)
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.
Similar NamesRecommended names are Coffin, Crispin, Geffen, Girvin, Gridlie, Krispin and Tristin▼. Like Griffin, these names are not frequently used.See names in meaning and etymology.