Welsh, variation of Griffith
"strong lord"

Griffin Origin and Meaning

The name Griffin is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "strong lord".

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 re-entered the list in 1983 after an absence of 75+ years.

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).

# 214 in the US

Griffin Rank in US Top 1000

# 179 on Nameberry

Griffin Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Griffin Popularity

Famous People Named Griffin

  • Griffin Boyette Bell72nd U.S. Attorney General
  • Griffin SteinfeldAmerican NASCAR driver; brother of actress Hailee Steinfeld
  • (Thomas) Griffin DunneAmerican actor
  • Griffin Claude Beresford Dauphin NewmanAmerican actor
  • Griffin ReinhartCanadian ice hockey player; son of ice hockey player Paul Reinhart
  • Griffin Andrew McElroyAmerican podcaster
  • Griffin GluckAmerican child actor
  • Griffin Patrick O'NealAmerican actor; son of actors Ryan O'Neal and Joanna Moore
  • Griffin Perry(b. 1984) son of politician Rick Perry
  • Griffin Levitanson of TV writer/director Steven Levitan
  • Griffin Alstott (b. 1997)son of NFL player Mike Alstott
  • Griffin Arthur Fraser (b. 2002)son of actor Brendan Fraser
  • Griffin Moore (b. 2002)son of actress Teri Polo and Anthony Moore
  • Griffin Parker Taylor (b. 2002)son of singer Corey Taylor of Slipknot
  • Griffin Musk (b. 2004)son of business mogul Elon Musk; twin of brother Xavier
  • Griffin Brandon Bonnarson of mixed martial artist Stephan Bonnar
  • Griffin Thomas McIntyre (b. 2007)son of singer Joey McIntyre
  • Griffin Kauffman (b. 2009)son of actress Leigh,Allyn Baker and Keith Kauffman
  • Griffin Brown (b. 2011)son of photographer Scarlet Page and Tom Brown; grandson of guitarist Jimmy Page
  • Griffin Roland Sands (b. 2015)son of actor Stark Sands

Griffin in Pop Culture

  • Griffin Holbrooka character on TV's "Party of Five"
  • Griffincharacter on TV's "The Secret Life of the American Teenager"
  • Sir Griffin Tewittfiance of Lucinda Roanoke in "The Eustace Diamonds" (1873) by Anthony Trollope
  • Dr. Griffinmain character in H.G. Wells' "The Invisible Man"
  • Griffin "Griff" Hawkinscharacter on TV's "Boy Meets World"
  • Griffin Connercharacter from the tv show Remedy
  • Griffincharacter on TV's "How to Get Away With Murder"
  • Griffin Veseycharacter on TV's "Cosby"
  • Griffin Milllead character in 1992 film, "The Player"
  • Griffin Bingmain character in book and TV movie "Swindled"
  • Griffin Bowencharacter in 2015 film "Poltergeist"
  • Griffin Altocharacter in "Sims" series
  • Griffincharacter in "The Dead,Tossed Waves" by Carrie Ryan
  • Griffin Greycharacter on TV's "The Flash"
  • Griffin Foleycharacter in novel "Belzhar"
  • Griffinfamily name on TV's "Family Guy"
  • Clarke Griffincharacter on The CW's "The 100"
  • Griffin Jenningsprotagonist of Adam Silvera's 'History Is All You Left Me'