Woooow soooo cool.
Griffin is awesome.
BobDaBuilder  3/25/2021
Absolute crap for a first name, I know 2 people (a teacher and a child) with this as their surname, much too surnamey.
Amy.B  1/4/2021
Griffin Johnson is a TikTok Star.
― Anonymous User  9/22/2020
In 2018, there were 32 girls given this name.
hemlock91  3/4/2020
Griffins are awesome, but as a given name...
― Anonymous User  1/22/2020
It’s common but not too bad. I think it’s fine.
nylonpanda  11/5/2019
I'm sorry, but it reminds me of Peter Griffin.
― Anonymous User  1/30/2019
It's an okay name. While I like the sound of Griffin, it's a tad too surname-y for me, although I'd consider using it as a middle name.
― Anonymous User  10/22/2018
Griffin is such a handsome name for a boy.
kayisforkeen  8/11/2018
Griffin Dunne (b. Thomas Griffin Dunne, 1955), American actor and director. Griffin is his mother's maiden name.
― Anonymous User  6/4/2018
Griffin McElroy (1987-), internet personality best known for hosting the podcast "My Brother, My Brother and Me" along with his older brothers Travis and Justin.
― Anonymous User  1/20/2018
Griffin Patrick O'Neal b. 1964 American actor.
― Anonymous User  3/12/2017
I love this name; we chose it for our son. I have a famous name (if you understand my username then you will get it) and so we were careful when we chose this one. The Harry Potter reference comes up but is not a super duper common. Most folks tell us that it is an original name and that they love it. It has been a big hit with folks my age.
skynetfighter  12/15/2016
I have a biased view of this name, it being mine and all. But it's been a great ice breaker of a name. People asking wither or not I actually like the franchises it's associated with. The nicknames have never really been a problem.
TheGreatPayne  11/27/2016
I personally think Griffin is a wonderful name. I have a great friend named Griffin, and he loves Harry Potter. He doesn't mind being called Gryffindor or Griff Griff on occasion. It's a name that portrays strength and leadership, even in the most geekiest of males.
FrostedSky  8/20/2016
My name is Griffin and yes, I do hear many times my name referred to Griffindor from Harry Potter. Yes, it is annoying but currently the comparison to Peter Griffin is more annoying. I have not gotten invested into either Harry Potter or Family Guy, so this is often very annoying to me. (I'm 16 years old by the way).
griffinb099  4/28/2016
I don't understand why people are so cruel. Just because you don't prefer the name doesn't mean you are obligated to bash on it and make people feel bad. DO NOT compare it to a smoker's cough or an idiot or coffin. I would not name a child this name but I would a dog, for example.
cziehl  3/26/2016
My daughter has picked out Griffin... I love it... strong and very masculine...
Chrystal  7/31/2015
When naming a child you always have to run through how the name will sound throughout the various stages of their lives, from infant to adulthood. It's also worth thinking through possible nicknames that will be created and assigned by their peers. Griffin is cute for a baby boy. It transitions well through the young child and teenage years as it will undoubtedly be shortened to "Griff." It's unique enough to give them individuality during the college and young adult years. Then, as an adult, it gives a grown man a youthful sounding name. A great benefit to this name is the fact that your Griffin will never encounter a female with the same name. That's becoming a rare quality in a male name as people are more commonly assigning females with popular male names. Names like "Andy, Michael, James, Randy, etc" that have traditionally been boy names are very commonly given to girls now. The name Griffin is so hyper-masculine that I don't imagine the trend will go that far.
TTT  5/12/2015
Very nerdy or geeky.
― Anonymous User  9/7/2014
Griffin, as used in The Wish Stealers, can also be used as a girl's name.
aerin.mistweir  8/9/2012
Griffin, the clairvoyant alien from the movie Men in Black 3.
― Anonymous User  7/18/2012
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Too "dirty" sounding for me. I don't care for it.
Chrila96  11/14/2010
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
I love griffins, but I could never name my child this.
Lady Seashell  8/9/2009
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
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
H. G. Well's The Invisible Man's name is Griffin. Quite a symbolic name, I believe.
BookHead  5/4/2008
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
For a first name: maybe not. For a middle name: yeah, definitely.
Surreal  8/15/2007
It's also an English surname, inevitably derived from the mythological creature, which might constitute part of its origin.
― Anonymous User  5/30/2007
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
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 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
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 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
I'm sorry but whenever I see Griffin, the spelling reminds me of "coffin".
Jingyi  10/14/2006
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 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
I dislike this name intensely. It sounds like another word for a smoker's cough.
Miss Natla  5/5/2006
I read somewhere that it also could be Welsh meaning prince.
― Anonymous User  4/26/2006
Kids today will immediately associate the name Griffin with the house of Gryffindor in the Harry Potter books.
― Anonymous User  4/3/2006
All I can say is - BLAH! Double EW! Sorry, it just sounds so yuck!
― Anonymous User  3/28/2006
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
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
An *awesome* boy's name! Very strong and masculine.
Mommy2B  7/15/2005

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