Griffin: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Griffin | Boys
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).
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- Comments and insights on the name Griffin: | Edit
I love it, I just worry about the associations with the TV show Family Guy. That is not what I want people automatically thinking when I tell them my son's name. My husband said he did not make the connection until I pointed it out and still loves the name. He says that since its not an often heard first name and that is the character's last name that its not what people will go to upon mentioning it. I hope so because its at the top of our favorites list.
- Personal experiences with the name Griffin: | Edit
Our son is named Griffin and we get a lot of compliments from our generation. It's familiar without being too common and we've often heard, "We know a Griffin who lives in..." or "That was one of our top choices, but we went with..." We use the nickname "Finn" with him and it also goes over well.
- Nicknames for Griffin: | Edit
Griff, Finn, Griffy, Griffin-dor, Grif, G., Fin, Griffster, Griffey
- Meanings and history of the name Griffin: | Edit
The mythoogical 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: | Edit
Griffin O'Neal, son of actor Ryan O'Neal
- Griffin in song, story & screen: | Edit
Griffin Mill is the main character in Robert Altman's "The Player"
Griffin Pierce-Taylor: character on the TV show Degrassi
Global Popularity of the Name Griffin
- #124 in Canada (British Columbia)
- #128 in Canada (Alberta)
- #242 in United States