There’s no getting around it—Griffin means "hooked nose." It's not exactly the symbolism a parent wants for their child's name, but don't write it off. The etymology is actually pretty cool: Griffin comes from a surname that came from a gryphon, a mythological creature with the body of a lion and head of an eagle (that’s where the hooked nose comes in); he was considered the king of all creatures. For the past three decades, the name has been getting more popular; it was the chosen name for Teri Polo of “The Fosters” and Brendan Fraser of “The Affair” when they had sons.
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