Reason for Adventure
Two characters in two different books I was reading had the name Griffin – Mrs Griffin in The Thief of Always by Clive Barker, and Elder Griffin in Unholy Ghosts by Stacia Kane. Also Griffins (Gryphons/Griffons) are ace 🙂
Also, griffon, gryphon.
1300–50; Middle English griffoun < Middle French grifon < Latin grȳphus < Greek grȳp- (stem of grȳ́ps ) curled, curved, having a hooked nose
Noun (in India and the East)
1785–95; origin uncertain
griffin. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged. Retrieved February 20, 2013, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/griffin
Online Etymology Dictionary Information
c.1200 (as a surname), from Old French grifon “a bird of prey,” also “fabulous bird of Greek mythology” (with head and wings of an eagle, body and hind quarters of a lion, believed to inhabit Scythia and guard its gold), from Late Latin gryphus, misspelling of grypus, variant of gryps (genitive grypos), from Greek gryps (genitive grypos) “curved, hook-nosed,” in reference to its beak.
Klein suggests a Semitic source, “through the medium of the Hittites,” and cites Hebrew kerubh “a winged angel,” Akkad. karibu, epithet of the bull-colossus (see cherub). The same or an identical word was used, with uncertain connections, in mid-19c. Louisiana to mean “mulatto” (especially one one-quarter or two-fifths white) and in India from late 18c. to mean “newly arrived European.”
Harper, D. (2012). Online etymology dictionary. Retrieved February 20, 2013, from http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=griffin&allowed_in_frame=0