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What does Griffith mean?

Griffith Pronunciation of Griffith [grif-fith] as a boys' name is of Welsh origin, and the meaning of Griffith is "lord, prince". Anglicized form of Gruffudd. Used most often as a given name from the 16th to the 18th century. Gruffydd ap Llewellyn was the ruler of Wales until his defeat in 1063.

Associated with: 16th century, 18th century.


Griffith has 7 variants: Griff, Griffudd, Gruffud, Gruffydd, Guto, Gutun and Gutyn.

Related boy name: Griffin.

Creative forms:


Middle name pairings:
Griffith Damon (G.D.), ..

How popular is Griffith?

Griffith is a rare first name for males but a very popular surname for both adults and children (#369 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Griffith was first listed in 1890-1899 and reached its top rank of #1671 in the U.S. then, but is not listed at the moment. (2015 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Griffin (#236 a year ago) is the only other prominent varying form of Griffith ranked in the Top 2000. These forms of Griffith were at the peak of their popularity less than a decade ago (usage of 0.1%) and have remained as popular to this day (usage 0.1%, down 3%). Griffin has historically been preferred by parents.

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

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Garith, Garrith, Giffard (see Gifford), Gifferd (see Gifford), Gifford, Goiridh, Gridlie, Griffen, Griffon, Griffyn, Gryffen, Gryffin and Meridith. Like Griffith, these names are not frequently used.

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