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Gender: M Meaning of Griffin: "strong lord" Origin of Griffin: Welsh, variation of Griffith Griffin's Popularity in 2015: #236

Griffin is one of the newer and most appealing of the two-syllable Celtic surnames. In English, griffin is the name of a mythological creature, half eagle, half lion. It entered the list in 1983 after an absence of 75+ years, and has been climbing ever since, now at Number 236.

Brendan Fraser, Teri Polo and Joey McIntyre all chose Griffin for their sons. Actor Griffin Dunne's mother's maiden name was Griffin. Another well-known bearer was Griffin Bell, Jimmy Carter's Attorney General.

Also worth considering: the original classic Welsh Gruffudd (dd=th).

Famous People Named Griffin

Griffin Patrick O'Neal, American actor
Griffin Arthur Fraser, son of actor Brendan Fraser
Griffin Thomas McIntyre, son of musician Joey McIntyre
Griffin Moore, son of American actress Teri Polo
Griffin Steinfeld, NASCAR driver and brother of actress Hailee Steinfeld
Griffin Dunne, American actor
Griffin Musk, son of billionaire Elon Musk
Griffin Gluck, American child actor

Pop Culture References for the name Griffin

Griffin, a character in Peg Kheret's "Swindled"
Griffin Holbrook, a character on "Party of Five" (played by Jeremy London)
Character on "The Secret Life of the American Teenager"
The main family from "Family Guy" is named The Griffins (Peter Griffin, Lois Griffin, etc.).
Sir Griffin Tewitt, fiance of Lucinda Roanoke in "The Eustace Diamonds" (1873) by Anthony Trollope
Griffin "Griff" Hawkins, character on Boy Meets World
Clarke Griffin from The 100 on the CW network
Griffin Conner, character from the tv show Remedy
Griffin, character on tv drama How to Get Away With Murder
Griffin Mill, lead character in Robert Altman's 1992 film, "The Player", played by Tim Robbins
Griffin Bing, protagonist in Nickelodeon's TV movie "Swindled"

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