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Meaning and Origin of: Griffin

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First name origins & meanings:

  • English : A mythological beast—half lion, half eagle—charged with watching over golden treasures
  • Latin : Hooked nose
  • Welsh : Red, ruddy

Last name origin & meaning:

  • Welsh : from a medieval Latinized form, Griffinus, of the Welsh personal name Gruffudd (see Griffith).
  • English : nickname for a fierce or dangerous person, from Middle English griffin ‘gryphon’ (from Latin gryphus, Greek gryps, of Assyrian origin).
  • Irish : Anglicized (part translated) form of Gaelic Ó Gríobhtha ‘descendant of Gríobhtha’, a personal name from gríobh ‘gryphon’.

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