Meaning and Origin of: Griff

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.