What does Griffin mean?
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, ..
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 #241. (Top Baby Names, 2014)
Griffen and Griffith are the popular varying forms of Griffin (#241 from recent data). Adoption of these forms of Griffin was at its most widespread 2 years ago (usage of 0.1%) and has remained as widespread to this day (usage 0.1%, down 8%). Griffin has been the most well-known version.