What does Griffin mean?
Griffin /grif-fin/ [2 sylls.] 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.
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 popularity of Griffin for boys. Griffin reached its top position of #215 in the U.S. in 1998, and is currently at #241. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)