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An *awesome* boy's name! Very strong and masculine.
-- Mommy2B  7/15/2005
I am a very surprised to see this listed as a Welsh name at all. I should have classified it unhesitatingly as modern American! [noted -ed]
-- AgTigress  9/2/2005
Definitely my favorite male name! A mythological connection as well as a stellar sound. Adopted it at the top of my list after reading Kenneth Oppel's "Firewing", starring a bat of this name. Glad to see its popularity is rising!
-- RedFox742  9/11/2005
All I can say is - BLAH! Double EW! Sorry, it just sounds so yuck!
-- Anonymous User  3/28/2006
Kids today will immediately associate the name Griffin with the house of Gryffindor in the Harry Potter books.
-- Anonymous User  4/3/2006
I read somewhere that it also could be Welsh meaning prince.
-- Anonymous User  4/26/2006
I dislike this name intensely. It sounds like another word for a smoker's cough.
-- Miss Natla  5/5/2006
I very much like this name (also the spellings Gryphon and Gryffin). I also like Gryffindor, nickname Gryffin/Griffin, as I love Harry Potter. No, it sounds NOTHING like smokers-cough, dear. It is a lovely name, very different sounding.
-- Pheadirean  5/29/2006
In the Divine Comedy and in Medieval animal lore, the Griffin with its two natures (lion and eagle) represents the human and divine natures of Christ.
-- prisca  7/24/2006
Griff is a good nickname.
-- Anonymous User  7/24/2006
I'm sorry but whenever I see Griffin, the spelling reminds me of "coffin".
-- Jingyi  10/14/2006
I like Griffin. It was high on our list for our last son. It's noble/medieval in sound. With the "Harry Potter Craze" I would be more hesitant to use it though.
-- Kitten  11/22/2006
Griffin is a great name! I really love it. It has a strong yet mystical quality to it. I would considering using it for a future son.
-- Anonymous User  3/24/2007
I love this name, even if it seems Harry-Pottery now. I know only one Griffin, who happens to be huge fan. I believe it is also used as a surname in England or Ireland with this spelling.
-- Anonymous User  4/1/2007
Actor Mark Hamill has a son named Griffin. Also, there was a character named Griffin on the tv show "Party of Five."
-- Martha Gold  4/11/2007
I love the name Griffin. I think it's so unique. The only drawback is I don't like the nickname Griff at all.
-- Anonymous User  4/27/2007
It's also an English surname, inevitably derived from the mythological creature, which might constitute part of its origin.
-- Anonymous User  5/30/2007
For a first name: maybe not. For a middle name: yeah, definitely.
-- Surreal  8/15/2007
When I first heard this name, I thought it was one of the ugliest ever. But it has since grown on me, and now I like it. I think the mythological connection is cool and it sounds strong and brave. What's also nice is it isn't too common.
-- thebyrd  10/11/2007
H. G. Well's The Invisible Man's name is Griffin. Quite a symbolic name, I believe.
-- BookHead  5/4/2008
A famous bearer of this name is Griffin O'Connor, one of the main characters in the movie Jumper, as well as the spin-off novel and video game, Jumper: Griffin's Story.
-- Lady_Skywalker  11/11/2008
I like this name, but I'm not sure why. Maybe because of the mythological creature. I'm not sure if I'd name my son this. It would be a great name for a heroic character, though.
-- faye  1/24/2009
I love griffins, but I could never name my child this.
-- Lady Seashell  8/9/2009
I love the name Griffin. It's very masculine and uncommon. I HATE the nicknames Griff or Griffy, I prefer Finn. I probably wouldn't name my child Griffin though. :(
-- McHobbit  10/28/2009
Too "dirty" sounding for me. I don't care for it.
-- Chrila96  11/14/2010
I've always thought this was such a cool name. I'm 15 and I don't associate this name with Harry Potter at all. Not all young people like Harry Potter... But I think that this is a great, unique, cool, and strong name. I have a friend named Griffin and he gets complimented on it all the time :)
-- Anonymous User  12/13/2010
I really like this name - it has a nice homey sound to it, yet also has fantastic mythological connotations.

I must say though that all the Griffins I've met have been super-nerdy.
-- keepitreal  1/27/2011
Personally, I think it would be a good idea to further explain the etymology of the English word 'Griffin' (sometimes also spelled as griffon and gryphon - griffoun in Middle English).

According to Merriam Webster, the word first entered the English language via Anglo-French, as 'grif' and/or 'griffun'. Anglo-French in turn had adopted the word from Latin 'gryphus', which in turn came from Greek 'gryp-' and/or 'gryps' (or 'gryphon' or 'grypon', according to Wikipedia).

According to other sources, Greek 'gryps' (sometimes also written as 'grups') is derived from 'grupos' (γρυπός), which means "hooked, curved" or even "hook-nosed".

So, to make a long story short... when someone named Griffin takes his name from the mythological creature (rather than from the Welsh name Gruffudd), his name's meaning is ultimately "hooked, curved" or "hook-nosed".
-- Lucille  7/19/2011
Sounds very masculine. I like some surnames as first names for boys. It's refreshing from all the usual boy names that get seriously overused (think Michael, David, John, Joshua, etc).
-- GibsonGirl  8/17/2011
Love this name! It's handsome, masculine, and not too common. I don't think kids will associate it with Harry Potter. The Harry Potter craze is dying down, so by the time Griffin turns 8, kids probably won't even know what Harry Potter is.

Or maybe I'm wrong and he's set up for a lifetime of teasing. I still love it though.
-- LittleSamGirl  8/19/2011
Whether you like it or not it is a Welsh name. It has been in usage in England since Norman times. There are no such things as "American" names so listing it as such would be inaccurate.
-- Anonymous User  12/28/2011
I like this name- it reminds me of someone chivalrous and heroic, just like a medieval knight. And, nerd alert, it reminds me of Gryffindor from Harry Potter. The Griffin in mythology is a very interesting and cool connection.
-- sunshinechild67  1/7/2012
Griffin, the clairvoyant alien from the movie Men in Black 3.
-- Anonymous User  7/18/2012
Griffin, as used in The Wish Stealers, can also be used as a girl's name.
-- aerin.mistweir  8/9/2012
Very nerdy or geeky.
-- ThatMazerunnerfan  9/7/2014

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