Griffo Family History
Griffo Name Meaning
Italian: from grifo ‘gryphon’ (Latin gryphus, Greek gryps, of Assyrian origin), hence a nickname for someone thought to resemble the mythical beast Italian Griffò: probably from Grifo, Crifo, derived from Greek kryphos ‘secret’, ‘hidden’, ‘enigmatic’. Perhaps a respelling of French Griffaud, which Morlet speculates may be from one of the Germanic compound personal names beginning with the element grif, a derivative of Old High German grifan ‘to grasp or seize’.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press