Griffin

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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Griffin

"Griffin" is a name of Welsh origin, and it means "From Gryphon - a Fabled Monster". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Grif"fin
An Anglo-Indian name for a person just arrived from Europe.
noun
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  1. [Myth] A fabulous monster, half lion and half eagle. It is often represented in Grecian and Roman works of art.
  2. [Her] A representation of this creature as an heraldic charge.
  3. [Zoöl] A species of large vulture (Gyps fulvus) found in the mountainous parts of Southern Europe, North Africa, and Asia Minor; -- called also gripe, and grype. It is supposed to be the “ eagle” of the Bible. The bearded griffin is the lammergeir. Alt. spell.: gryphon
  4. An English early apple.

Etymology: OE. griffin griffon griffoun, F. griffon, fr. L. gryphus, equiv to gryps, Gr. �; -- so called because of the hooked beak, and akin to grypo`s curved, hook-nosed

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  1. Winged monster with the head of an eagle and the body of a lion
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  1. A common Irish surname​, the anglicized form of both the Ó Gríobhtha (Ballygriffey Co. Clare) and Ó Grifín (Dingle, Co. Kerry) clans.
  2. A Welsh patronymic surname​.
  3. A male given name derived from Griffinus, a latinized form of Griffith.
  4. (rare) A female given name
  5. A city in Georgia, USA.
  6. A town in Indiana.
  7. A hamlet in Saskatchewan.

Notable Persons Named Griffin

Griffin Gluck is an actor. He was most prominent from 2010 to present. Griffin was given the name Griffin Alexander Gluck on August 24th, 2000 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. Griffin is also known as Griffin Gluck.

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Griffin Dunne is an actor, producer, and director. His most notable accomplishments were from 1975 to present. Griffin was given the name Thomas Griffin Dunne by his parent Dominick Dunne on June 8th, 1955 in New York City, New York, U.S.

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Griffin O'Neal is an actor. He was most prominent from 1976 to 1992. Griffin was given the name Griffin Patrick O'Neal by his parents Ryan O'Neal and Joanna Moore on October 28th, 1964 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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Griffin Reinhart is a hockey player for the Edmonton Oilers in the National Hockey League. He has been prominent since 2014. Griffin was born on January 24th, 1994 in West Vancouver.

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Griffin was born on September 8th, 1979.

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Griffin B. Bell was a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and Judge of theUnited States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. His military service ended in 1946. Griffin was born on October 31st, 1918 in Americus, Georgia. He passed away on January 5th, 2009.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Griffin

Kathy Griffin is an observational comedy, ribaldry, black comedy, and improvisational theatre comedian. Kathy was given the name Kathleen Mary Griffin on November 4th, 1960 in Oak Park, Illinois.

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Blake Griffin is a basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers in the National Basketball Association. He has been prominent since 2009. Blake was born on March 16th, 1989 in Oklahoma City.

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Ty Dolla Sign is a hip hop music and contemporary r&b musician. He was most prominent from 2010 to present. Ty was given the name Tyrone William Griffin, Jr. on April 13th, 1985.

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Robert Griffin is a football player. Robert was born on February 12th, 1990 in Okinawa Prefecture. Robert is also known as Griffin, Robert Lee, III; Griffin, Robert L., III, and RG3.

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Merv Griffin was an actor, talk show host, entertainer, and business magnate. His career lasted from 1944 to 2007. Merv was given the name Mervyn Edward Griffin, Jr. on July 6th, 1925 in San Mateo, California, US. He breathed his last breath on August 12th, 2007.

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Nick Griffin is a President of the British National Party, Chairman of the British National Party, and British National Party. Nick was born on March 1st, 1959 in Barnet, England. Nick is also known as Nicholas John Griffin.

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How popular is the baby name Griffin in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1881 6 0 6
1882 5 0 5
1884 7 0 7
1885 5 0 5
1887 5 0 5
1889 7 0 7
1890 7 0 7
1891 6 0 6
1892 5 0 5
1894 5 0 5
1896 5 0 5
1897 6 0 6
1898 6 0 6
1900 7 0 7
1901 8 0 8
1902 6 0 6
1903 9 0 9
1904 5 0 5
1905 9 0 9
1906 9 0 9
1908 8 0 8
1910 8 0 8
1911 11 0 11
1912 14 0 14
1913 14 0 14
1914 22 0 22
1915 16 0 16
1916 19 0 19
1917 23 0 23
1918 23 0 23
1919 25 0 25
1920 24 0 24
1921 23 0 23
1922 18 0 18
1923 22 0 22
1924 23 0 23
1925 23 0 23
1926 25 0 25
1927 15 0 15
1928 26 0 26
1929 23 0 23
1930 13 0 13
1931 12 0 12
1932 14 0 14
1933 19 0 19
1934 17 0 17
1935 18 0 18
1936 12 0 12
1937 17 0 17
1938 12 0 12
1939 15 0 15
1940 17 0 17
1941 19 0 19
1942 13 0 13
1943 17 0 17
1944 16 0 16
1945 11 0 11
1946 23 0 23
1947 22 0 22
1948 20 0 20
1949 19 0 19
1950 14 0 14
1951 18 0 18
1952 19 0 19
1953 15 0 15
1954 21 0 21
1955 24 0 24
1956 13 0 13
1957 18 0 18
1958 19 0 19
1959 21 0 21
1960 14 0 14
1961 15 0 15
1962 13 0 13
1963 17 0 17
1964 15 0 15
1965 15 0 15
1966 11 0 11
1967 17 0 17
1968 14 0 14
1969 30 0 30
1970 15 0 15
1971 19 0 19
1972 12 0 12
1973 19 0 19
1974 23 0 23
1975 30 0 30
1976 56 0 56
1977 62 0 62
1978 64 0 64
1979 72 5 67
1980 67 8 59
1981 52 7 45
1982 62 6 56
1983 85 5 80
1984 90 9 81
1985 154 6 148
1986 144 0 144
1987 261 10 251
1988 242 10 232
1989 261 13 248
1990 289 12 277
1991 266 7 259
1992 339 10 329
1993 454 22 432
1994 588 22 566
1995 701 12 689
1996 1,015 24 991
1997 1,401 37 1,364
1998 1,508 17 1,491
1999 1,559 14 1,545
2000 1,482 14 1,468
2001 1,434 16 1,418
2002 1,487 15 1,472
2003 1,553 18 1,535
2004 1,404 19 1,385
2005 1,391 17 1,374
2006 1,368 16 1,352
2007 1,509 24 1,485
2008 1,517 13 1,504
2009 1,572 15 1,557
2010 1,535 18 1,517
2011 1,590 11 1,579
2012 1,668 17 1,651
2013 1,639 17 1,622
2014 1,558 22 1,536
2015 1,630 22 1,608
2016 1,714 26 1,688

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Popularity of Griffin as a first name

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Popularity of Griffin as a last name

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Common last names for Griffin

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  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Jones
  • Lewis
  • Jackson
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  • Collins

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Griffin U.S.
  White 63.77% 64.26%
  African American 30.81% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.44% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.47% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.28% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.21% 16.26%

Of Last Name Griffin

People with the last name Griffin are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Griffin

  • How Popular is the name Griffin? Griffin is the 1,198th most popular name of all time. As a last name Griffin was the 122nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Griffin have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 37,163 babies born with the first name Griffin in the United States. That's more than enough people named Griffin to occupy the territory of Saint Martin (France) with an estimated population of 36,824 (as of January 1, 2009).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Griffin? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1881 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Griffin first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Griffin is Tuesday, March 8th, 1870.
  • What year had the most people named Griffin born? The highest recorded use of the first name Griffin was in 2016 with a total of 1,688 babies. That's a lot of babies named Griffin!
  • Random Griffin Factoid: According to the 2006 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Griffin ranks 96th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Maine. Imagine that, 18 babies in Maine have the same name as you in 2006.
  • Weird things about the name Griffin: Your name in reverse order is Niffirg. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nfrfiig. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Griffin? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 198,406 people with the last name Griffin.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Griffin? Griffin was ranked as the 122nd most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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