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What does Griffin mean?

Griffin Pronunciation of Griffin 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


VARIANTS Griff, Griffen, Griffon, Griffudd, Griffyn, Gruffud, Gruffydd, Gryffen, Gryffin, Gryphon, Guto, Gutun, Gutyn



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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 #224. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

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?

Griffen, Griffith and Gryffin (#1802 FROM RECENT DATA) are the popular varying forms of Griffin (#224). Usage of these forms of Griffin is at its most widespread presently (USAGE OF 0.1%). Griffin has been the most well-known version.

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

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

Similar Names

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

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