Greif Family History
Greif Name Meaning
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): topographic or habitational name referring to a house distinguished by the sign of a gryphon Middle High German grīf(e) German Greif (Old High German grīf(o) from Late Latin gryphus Greek gryps of Assyrian origin). As a Jewish name it is also one of the surnames randomly assigned by Austrian clerks. 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 Grieve .
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022