Last name origins & meanings:
- 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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