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China gé lǐ fēn
Griffin Vertical Wall Scroll

格里芬 is a common transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Griffin.

This sounds like the English name Griffin but using Chinese sounds to approximate the pronunciation.
This does not have the meaning of the mythical Griffin beast.


Japan gurifin
Griffin Vertical Wall Scroll

グリフィン is the name Griffin written in Katakana (phonetic Japanese).

グリフィン is used mostly as the name Griffin but can also refer to the mythical beast. It sounds like "Griffin" but does not hold the meaning of the beast known as a Griffin. グリフィン is strictly a transliteration of the way Griffin sounds in English but using Japanese sounds to pronounce it.

Note: Because this title is entirely Japanese Katakana , it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Griffin / Gryphon

China yīng tóu shī
Griffin / Gryphon Vertical Wall Scroll

Griffin 鷹頭獅 is the Chinese title for a Griffin.

This refers to the legendary creature with the head, talons, and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion. Sometimes also spelled Gryphon or Griffon. From the Greek γρύφων or γρύπων, or Latin Gryphus.

This Chinese title, 鷹頭獅, literally means, "Eagle Head Lion."

The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Griffin格里芬gé lǐ fēn
ge2 li3 fen1
ge li fen
ko li fen
yīng tóu shī
ying1 tou2 shi1
ying tou shi
ying t`ou shih
ying tou shih
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.