Last name origins & meanings:
- German: habitational name from a house distinguished by the
sign of a gryphon, Middle High German grīf(e) (Old High
German grīf(o), from Late Latin gryphus, Greek
gryps, of Assyrian origin).
- German: nickname for a grasping
man, the gryphon in folk etymology having come to be associated with
Middle High German grīfen ‘to grasp or snatch’.
- English: variant of Grief.
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