Boy name origins & meanings
- English : A mythological beast—half lion, half eagle—charged with watching over golden treasures
- Latin : Hooked nose
- Welsh : Red, ruddy
Family name origins & meanings
- English : topographic name for someone living near a pit or hollow, from Old Norse gryfja ‘pit’, ‘hollow’, or a habitational name from Griff in Warwickshire, Griffe in Derbyshire, or Griff Farm in Rievaulx, North Yorkshire, all probably named with this word.
- Welsh : short form of Griffith.
- Possibly also a reduced form of Irish McGriff.
- German : variant ofGreif 1.