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Quick Facts on Griffin

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Celtic, Gaelic, Irish, Welsh
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 225
Simple meaning:
Dragon, fierce person, king of creatures

Characteristics of Griffin

  • Humanitarian
  • Community-minded
  • Family-oriented
  • Loving
  • Affectionate
  • Compassionate
  • Sensitive

Etymology & Historical Origin - Griffin

Griffin is the transferred use of a surname linked to England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. The name is most likely derived from an ancient Welsh personal name "Gruffydd" with “gruff” probably meaning ‘dragon’ and “ydd/udd” signifying a chief or a lord. As a baptismal name among Anglo-Saxons, Grifan was used with hopes the child would grow up to be a fierce person (from the Germanic “grifan” maning to snatch or grab passing people or a mythical dragon-like creature). In Ireland, the old surname Ó Griobhtha came from the ancient Gaelic "griobh" meaning ‘gryphon, griffin’ which is the name for a majestic creature with the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle, considered king of all creatures. As a male given name, Griffin was in sporadic use in the late 19th century but took hold by the 20th century.

Popularity of the Name Griffin

The name Griffin had very low usage at the end of the 19th century in America. For most of the 20th century, the name wasn’t even on the charts it was so rarely used. It wouldn’t be until 1983 that Griffin reappeared on the charts for good. The name has been growing steadily for the past 30 years and has advanced over 750 positions on the charts to reach moderately high levels of usage. The name has an interesting etymology and is tied to one of the most legendary creatures of folklore, the griffin. The powerful griffin is the union of a terrestrial beast (the lion) and an aerial bird (the eagle) and is therefore admired for its courage and boldness. Somehow, we see Griffin as a good name for a red-headed baby boy – a fierce and fiery little dragon. Since the griffin symbolizes strength and leadership, it’s a universally good choice in a name. Its Celtic roots make Griffin even more appealing.
Popularity of the Boy Name Griffin
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Griffin

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Griffin

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Griffin

    Griffin (The Invisible Man) Griffin is the protagonist of H. G. Wells’ science fiction novel, The Invisible Man, published in 1897. It was made into a film in 1933, starring Claude Rains. Griffin is a reclusive laboratory scientist who discovers a way to make the human form invisible. He experiments successfully on himself, with one significant drawback – he neglects to perfect the reversal of the project and – voila – he is invisible to one and all. This might have intriguing advantages, but Griffin is so bent on trying to find the antidote and committing any number of crimes in the process, he never has fun with it. All jesting aside, Griffin represents the cold specter of science without the redeeming force of humanity. His obsession brings no good to himself or others, and ultimately destroys him. Nonetheless – it’s a cool sounding name!

  • Popular Songs on Griffin

    Popular Songs on Griffin

    Griffin - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Griffin.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Griffin

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Griffin

    Griffin (Bonnie Juettner) - A book about the legendary griffin, a mythological monster with the body of a lion and head and wings of an eagle. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Griffin's Calling (N.R. Rose) - When troubled teen Griffin Dominic finds himself searching for something more in life, he discovers it in the most unimaginable way. Frustrated by unfeeling parents, Griffin is drawn to friend and father figure John, who is teaching him the skill of using a bow and arrow. But will this knowledge be enough to protect him when he is confronted by threatening creatures? And when presented with the challenge of a lifetime, will Griffin have the strength to respond? Get ready for thrills, suspense, and anticipation as new author N.R. Rose takes you to the land of Aranwea in her novel Griffin's Calling, where two races battle for survival, the commanding Critins and malicious Shriekians. Can one boy bring the Critins to victory? Or will he himself be consumed by the enemy's power? Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Griffin's Castle (Jenny Nimmo) - This story of a troubled child is set in the real world of Wales, yet it incorporates strong elements of fantasy. Dinah, 11, is bright and self-sufficient but has a young, single, and somewhat immature mother. Ever since the child can remember, they have moved from one makeshift living arrangement to another, till Dinah's greatest desire is to have a stable home for the two of them. When the mother's new, wealthy boyfriend moves them into his huge dilapidated old mansion, Dinah determines to make her wish come true. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    It's Up to You, Griffin! (Susan T. Pickford) - Delighted when Mother Nature asks him to help her by announcing the arrival of spring, Griffin the groundhog overcomes his fears and accepts this great responsibility. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Saving the Griffin (Kristen Wolden Nitz) - On the Tuscany estate where their family is staying, two American children discover a baby griffin, which looks something like a kitten with feathers and a sharp, curved beak. Eleven-year-old Kate and her younger brother, Michael, soon befriend the legendary creature, play with him, and protect him from others who might want to exploit him. Kate and Michael guard their secret well, while simultaneously trying to deal with their older brother, who has taken pains to distance himself from them since becoming a teenager, hurting them in the process. The fantastic and realistic narrative strands merge in the satisfying conclusion. Small, attractive line drawings appear at chapter heads throughout the book, enhancing the appealing story. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    The Griffin and the Minor Canon (Frank R. Stockton) - The first of Frank Stockton's original fairytales re-illustrated by Maurice Sendak. When a griffin shows great fondness for the sculpture of himself above the great door of the church, and equal admiration for the Minor Canon, the townspeople fear that the terrifying creature will live among them forever. Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Griffin

    Famous People Named Griffin

    Famous People Named Griffin - Griffin Bell (former U.S. Attorney); Griffin Dunne (actor)

  • Children of Famous People Named Griffin

    Children of Famous People Named Griffin

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Griffin - Brendan Fraser (actor); Mark Hammil (ice skater); Melissa Sue Anderson (actress); Ryan O'Neal (actor)

  • Historic Figures

    Griffin - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Griffin - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Griffin.

Personality of the Boy Name Griffin

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Variations of the Baby Name - Griffin

  • No Variations Found.
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