Griffin Name Meaning & Origin

Griffin

Pronunciation: GRI-fin (key)

Origin of the name Griffin:

Borrowed from the Welsh, Griffin is from Griffinus, a Latinate form of Griffith which was used in the Middle Ages. Griffith is a Welsh name of debated origin. Some believe it to be an Anglicized form of Gruffydd, the Welsh form of the Roman Rufus (red, ruddy). Others however, think the name is derived from the Old Welsh Grippiud (prince).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Griffith, Gryphon

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Nicknames for Griffin

Griff / Grif
Griffy / Griffey
Griffster,
Griffin-dor,
Griffi-saur,
Graffus
Finn / Fin
Finny
Finster
Finnigan
Finnigan-Begin-again

Meanings and history of the name Griffin

The mythological beast called the Griffin had the body and hindquarters of a lion, and the head, front legs, and wings of an eagle. Several ancient traditions (including the Greeks, the Assyrians, and the Egyptians) feature griffins in their symbology. Griffins are usually characterized as noble but fierce creatures, with fearsome fighting ability.

Famous real-life people named Griffin

Griffin O'Neal, son of actor Ryan O'Neal
Griffin Thomas McIntyre (b. 2007), son of singer Joey McIntyre

Griffin in song, story & screen

Griffin Mill is the main character in Robert Altman's "The Player"

Griffin Pierce-Taylor: character on the TV show Degrassi

Griffin Holbrook: character on the TV show Party of Five

Griffin Darden: character on the TV show Chicago Fire

Peter Griffin: main character on the TV show Family Guy

Griffin King: Main male character in The Steampunk Chronicles by Kady Cross

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