Professor Godric Gryffindor was a British wizard who lived in the early Middle Ages. Noted for his courage, determination and strength he was regarded as one of the greatest wizards of the age. Gryffindor was one of the four Founders of Hogwarts along with Rowena Ravenclaw, Helga Hufflepuff and Salazar Slytherin, and was the namesake of Gryffindor House. He felt that the greatest traits a person could have were that of strength of heart and will, and thus only wanted the bravest young witches and wizards to join his House. He left two relics, the Sword of Gryffindor, and the Sorting Hat.
Godric Gryffindor came from a small West Country village, called Godric's Hollow, though when he was born, the village was still quite empty and unpopulated. It was a moor as people say, and later the village got the name Godric's Hollow in honour of he and his accomplishments.
He was loved by both wizards and muggles. Wizards and witches admired him for being the most accomplished duelist of his time, and unlike many others he used his skills for good, not bad. Muggles loved him since he was a true fighter against their discrimination.
Godric Gryffindor's name comes from the Anglo-Saxon Godric which means he who rules well, or he who rules with God. His surname, as we all know, is also the name of the house he created when they, the founders, established the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry in a castle. The first bit Gryffin is related to the magical beast Griffin, which is a half lion and the House symbol, or crest, is a lion as well. The second bit, the dor, comes from the French d'or, which means made from gold and it shows that the house colors have gold.