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Boy Name: Griffin

Name: Griffin
Pronunciation: \g-riffin, gr(if)-fin\
Gender / Sex: boy name boy
Meaning: hooked nose
Origin: Latin
Sounds Like: Girvin, Garvin, Girvon, Girven, Girvan
Variant forms: Griff, Griffen, Griffon, Gryffen, Gryffin, Gryphon
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 98


Griffin \g-riffin, gr(if)-fin\ as a boy's 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. Actor Griffin Dunne.

Griffin has 6 variant forms: Griff, Griffen, Griffon, Gryffen, Gryffin and Gryphon.

Baby names that sound like Griffin are Girvin, Garvin, Girvon, Girven and Girvan.


Griffin is not a popular first name for men but a very popular surname or last name for both men and women (#98 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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