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GAÁL     Hungarian
Variant of GÁL.
GABLER     German
Occupational name for someone who made or sold forks, from Old High German gabala "fork".
GÁBOR     Hungarian
From the given name GÁBOR.
GABOR     Hungarian
Variant of GÁBOR.
GABRIELLI     Italian
From the given name GABRIELE (1).
GABRIELS     English
Derived from the given name GABRIEL.
GABRIELSON     English
Means "son of GABRIEL".
GADHAVI     Indian, Gujarati
Meaning unknown, related to the Charan caste of Gujarat.
GAERTNER     German
German form of GARDENER.
GAGE     French, English
Occupational name derived either from Old French jauge "measure" (a name for an assayer) or gage "pledge, payment" (a name for a moneylender). Both words were ultimately of Frankish origin.
GAGLIARDI     Italian
From Italian gagliardo meaning "strong, vigorous".
GAGNE     French
Variant of GAGNEUX.
GAGNEUX     French
Derived from Old French gagnier meaning "to farm, to cultivate".
GAGNIER     French
Variant of GAGNEUX.
GAGNON     French
Derived from old French gagnon "guard dog". The name most likely originated as a nickname for an aggressive or cruel person.
GAJOS     Polish
Derived from Polish gaj meaning "grove, thicket".
GÁL     Hungarian
Derived from the given name GÁL.
GALLAGHER     Irish
Anglicized form of the Irish Ó Gallchobhair meaning "descendant of GALLCHOBHAR".
GALLEGO     Spanish
Originally indicated a person from Galicia, a region in northwestern Spain.
GALLO     Italian, Spanish
Means "rooster", ultimately from Latin gallus. This was a nickname for a proud person.
GANG     Korean
Variant romanization of KANG.
GANZA     Italian
Probably from the feminine medieval given name Allegranza or Alleganza, a derivative of ALLEGRA. It comes from northern Lombardy.
GARB     German
Variant of GARBER.
GARBER     German
Variant of GERBER.
GARBUTT     English
From the given name GERBOLD.
GARCÍA     Spanish
From a medieval given name of unknown meaning, possibly related to the Basque word hartz meaning "bear".
GARCIA     Portuguese
Portuguese form of GARCÍA.
GARÇON     French
Means "boy" in French, referring to a servant.
GARDENER     English
Occupational surname for one who was a gardener, from Old French jardin meaning "garden" (of Frankish origin).
GARDINER     English
Variant of GARDENER.
GARDINIER     French
French form of GARDENER.
GARDNER     English
Variant of GARDENER.
GÁRDONYI     Hungarian
Originally denoted a person from Gárdony, a town near Budapest in Hungary.
GAREY     English
Variant of GEARY.
GARFAGNINI     Italian
Originally denoted one from the region of Garfagnana in Tuscany, Italy, near the historical city of Lucca.
GARFIELD     English
Means "triangle field" in Old English. A famous bearer was American president James A. Garfield (1831-1881).
GARLAND     English
Means "triangle land" from Old English gara and land. It originally belonged to a person who owned a triangle-shaped piece of land.
GARNER (1)     English
From Old French gernier meaning "granary", a derivative of Latin granum meaning "grain". This name could refer to a person who worked at a garnary or lived near one.
GARNER (2)     English
Variant of GARDENER.
GARNETT (1)     English
Occupational name referring to a person who made hinges, from Old French carne "hinge".
GARNETT (2)     English
From a diminutive of the given name GUARIN.
GARNIER (1)     French
From the given name GARNIER.
GARNIER (2)     English
Variant of GARNER (1).
GAROFALO     Italian
From a nickname, from a southern variant of the Italian word garofano meaning "carnation".
GARRARD     English
From the given name GERARD.
GARRASTAZU     Basque
From the Basque word arratz "bush" combined with the suffix sta denoting a place.
GARRET     English
Variant of GARRETT.
GARRETT     English
Derived from the given name GERALD or GERARD.
GARROD     English
Derived from the given name GERALD.
GARRY     English
Variant of GEARY.
GÄRTNER     German
German form of GARDENER.
GARVER     German
Variant of GERBER.
GARY     English
Variant of GEARY.
GARZA     Spanish
Derived from Spanish garza meaning "heron".
GÁSPÁR     Hungarian
Derived from the given name GÁSPÁR.
GASPAR     Portuguese, Spanish
Derived from the given name GASPAR.
GASPARI     Italian
From the given name GASPARE.
GAŠPER     Slovene
Derived from the given name GAŠPER.
GASS     German
Name for someone who lived on a street in a city, from German gasse.
GATTI     Italian
Means "cat" in Italian, originally a nickname for an agile person.
GAUTHIER     French
Derived from the given name GAUTHIER.
GAVRILOVIĆ     Serbian
Means "son of GAVRILO".
GAVRILYUK     Ukrainian
Varirant transcription of HAVRYLYUK.
GEARY     English
Derived from a Norman given name which was a short form of Germanic names starting with the element ger "spear".
GEBARA     Basque
Habitational name for someone who lived in Gebara, a village in the province of Álava in Spain.
GEELEN     Dutch
Derived from the given name Geel, itself from GILLIS or GILBERT.
GEELS     Dutch
Variant of GEELEN.
GEHRIG     German
Variant of GEHRING.
GEHRING     German
Derived from a short form of Germanic names starting with the element ger "spear".
GEIER     German
Means "vulture" in German, a nickname for a greedy person.
GEIGER     German
Means "fiddle player" in German, derived from Old High German giga "fiddle".
GEISLER     German
Variant of GEISSLER.
GEIßLER     German
Variant of GEISSLER.
GEISSLER     German
Occupational name for a goat herder, from southern German Geiss meaning "goat" and the suffix ler signifying an occupation.
GEISZLER     German
Variant of GEISSLER.
GELASHVILI     Georgian
Means "son of GELA".
GELENS     Dutch
Variant of GEELEN.
GENADIEV     Bulgarian
Means "son of GENADI".
GENKOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of GENKO".
GENOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of GENO".
GENOVESE     Italian
Denoted a person from the Italian city of Genoa (Genova in Italian).
GENSCH     German
From the given name Gensch, a Sorbian form of JOHN.
GENTILE     Italian
From a nickname meaning "gentle, kind" in Italian.
GEORGE     English
Derived from the given name GEORGE.
GEORGESON     English
Means "son of GEORGE".
GEORGIEV     Bulgarian
Means "son of GEORGI".
GERBER     German
Means "tanner, leather dresser" in German, derived from Old High German garawen meaning "to prepare".
GEREBEN     Hungarian
Means "hackle, hatchel" in Hungarian (a hackle is a tool used to comb out fibers).
GERHARD     German
Derived from the given name GERHARD.
GERHARDSSON     Swedish
Means "son of GERHARD".
GERHARDT     German
Derived from the given name GERHARD.
GERIG     German
Variant of GEHRING.
GERMAIN     French
From the French given name GERMAIN.
GERMANO     Italian
From the given name GERMANO.
GÉROUX     French
Derived from the Germanic name GERULF.
GERST     German
Occupational name for a barley farmer, derived from Old High German gersta "barley".
GERSTLE     German
Variant of GERST.
GERVER     German
Variant of GERBER.
GEVORGIAN     Armenian
Variant transcription of GEVORGYAN.
GEVORGYAN     Armenian
Means "son of GEVORG".
GIANNINO     Italian
Derived from the given name GIANNINO.
GIANNOPOULOS     Greek
Means "son of GIANNIS" in Greek.
GIBB     English
Derived from the given name GIB.
GIBBS     English, Scottish
Means "son of GIB".
GIBSON     English, Scottish
Means "son of GIB".
GIEHL     German
German form of GILES.
GIESE     German, Danish
Derived from a short form of the given name GISELBERT or other Germanic names beginning with the element gisil.
GIFFARD     English
Derived from the Germanic given name GEBHARD.
GILBERT     English
Derived from the given name GILBERT.
GILES     English
From the given name GILES.
GILLIAM     English
Variant of WILLIAM. A famous bearer of the name is cartoonist and filmmaker Terry Gilliam (1940-).
GIM     Korean
Variant romanization of KIM.
GIMÉNEZ     Spanish
Variant of JIMÉNEZ.
GIMONDI     Italian
Probably derived from the Germanic given name GISMUND.
GIORDANO     Italian
Derived from the given name GIORDANO.
GIORGADZE     Georgian
Means "son of GIORGI".
GIRARD     French
From the given name GÉRARD.
GIROUX     French
Derived from the Germanic name GERULF.
GISMONDI     Italian
From the Germanic given name GISMUND.
GIUGOVAZ     Italian
Italian form of the Croatian surname JUGOVAC.
GIUNTA     Italian
From the old Italian given name Bonagiunta or Bonaggiunta (derived from bono "good" and aggiunto "assistant").
GJORGIEV     Macedonian
Means "son of GJORGJI".
GLADWIN     English
Derived from the Old English given name GLÆDWINE.
GLADWYN     English
Variant of GLADWIN.
GLAS     German, Dutch
German and Dutch cognate of GLASS.
GLASS     English, German
From Old English glæs or Old High German glas meaning "glass". This was an occupational name for a glass blower or glazier.
GLAZIER     English
Means "glass worker, glazier", from Old English glæs meaning "glass".
GLEN     Scottish
Variant of GLENN.
GLENN     Scottish
Derived from Gaelic gleann "valley". A famous bearer was American astronaut John Glenn (1921-2016).
GLÖCKNER     German
Derived from Middle High German glocke "bell". It may have referred to a person who worked at or lived close to a bell tower.
GLOVER     English
Occupational name for a person who made or sold gloves, from Middle English glovere.
GNIEWEK     Polish
Derived from Gniewek, a diminutive of ZBIGNIEW, JAROGNIEW, or other names containing gniew "anger".
GÖBEL     German
Derived from the given name Göbel, a diminutive of the Old German name Godebert, which is derived from god "God" and beraht "bright".
GODDARD     English
Derived from the Germanic given name GODEHARD.
GODFREY     English
From the Norman given name GODFREY.
GOEBEL     German
Variant of GÖBEL.
GOFFE     English
Derived from Breton or Cornish goff meaning "smith", and referred to a metalworker.
GOLDHIRSCH     Jewish
Means "golden stag" in Yiddish.
GOLDSCHMIDT     German
Occupational name meaning "goldsmith" in German.
GOMES     Portuguese
From the medieval given name GOMES.
GÓMEZ     Spanish
Spanish form of GOMES.
GOMÓŁKA     Polish
Derived from Polish gomółka, a type of round cheese, ultimately from an old Polish word meaning "round".
GOMUŁKA     Polish
Variant of GOMÓŁKA.
GONZALES     Spanish
Variant of GONZÁLEZ.
GONZÁLEZ     Spanish
Means "son of GONZALO" in Spanish.
GOOD     English
From a nickname meaning "good", referring to a kindly person.
GOODE     English
Variant of GOOD.
GOODWIN     English
Derived from the given name GODWINE.
GOOSSENS     Flemish
From the Germanic given name GOZZO.
GORANOV     Bulgarian
Means "son of GORAN".
GÖRANSSON     Swedish
Means "son of GÖRAN".
GORBOLD     English
From the given name GERBOLD.
GORDON     Scottish
From the name of a place in Berwickshire, Scotland, derived from Brythonic words meaning "spacious fort".
GORE     English
From the Old English word gara meaning "a triangular plot of land".
GORECKI     Polish
Originally indicated a person from Górka, the name of various towns in Poland, ultimately from Polish góra "mountain".
GORETTI     Italian
Derived from the given name GREGORIO.
GORI     Italian
Derived from the given name GREGORIO.
GÓRKA     Polish
Variant of GORECKI.
GORMAN (1)     German
From the Germanic given name GERMUND.
GORMAN (2)     Irish
From the Irish Ó Gormáin meaning "descendant of Gormán". The given name Gormán means "little blue one".
GÖRÖG     Hungarian
Means "Greek" in Hungarian.
GÓRSKI     Polish
From the Polish word góra meaning "mountain".
GOSSE     French
Derived from the Norman given name GOSSE.
GOSSELIN     French
Derived from a diminutive of the French given name GOSSE.
GOTT     German
Derived from the Germanic given name GODA.
GOTTI     German
Variant of GOTT.
GOTTLIEB     German
Derived from the given name GOTTLIEB.
GOTTSCHALK     German
Derived from the given name GOTTSCHALK.
GOUVEIA     Portuguese
From the name of the city of Gouveia in Portugal, of unknown meaning.
GRAEME     Scottish
Variant of GRAHAM.
GRAF     German
From the German noble title Graf meaning "count", ultimately from Greek γραφευς (grapheus) meaning "scribe".
GRAHAM     Scottish
Derived from the English place name Grantham which probably meant "gravelly homestead" in Old English. The surname was first taken to Scotland in the 12th century by William de Graham.
GRAHAME     Scottish
Variant of GRAHAM.
GRAHN     Swedish
From Swedish gran meaning "spruce".
GRANER     German
Originally denoted a person from Gran, the German name for Esztergom, a city in northern Hungary.
GRANGER     English, French
Means "farm bailiff" from Old French grangier, ultimately from Latin granum meaning "grain". It is borne in the Harry Potter novels by Harry's friend Hermione Granger.
GRANT     English, Scottish
Derived from Norman French meaning "grand, tall, large, great".
GRANVILLE     English
Derived from a Norman place name GRAINVILLE.
GRAVES     English
Occupational name for a steward, derived from Middle English greyve, related to the German title Graf.
GRAY     English
From a nickname for a person who had grey hair or grey clothes.
GRBIĆ     Serbian, Croatian, Slovene
Means "hunchback", derived from Serbian, Croatian and Slovene grba "hump".
GREC     Catalan
Catalan cognate of GRECO.
GRECO     Italian
Means "from Greece" in Italian.
GREEN     English
Descriptive name for someone who often wore the colour green or someone who lived near the village green.
GREENBERG     German, Jewish
Anglicized form of GRÜNBERG.
GREENE     English
Variant of GREEN.
GREENSPAN     Jewish
Anglicized form of German Grünspan meaning "verdigris". Verdigris is the green-blue substance that forms on copper.
GREER     Scottish
Derived from the given name GREGOR.
GREGORY     English
From the given name GREGORY.
GRENVILLE     English
Variant of GRANVILLE.
GREY     English
Variant of GRAY.
GRGIĆ     Croatian
Means "son of GRGUR".
GRIER     Scottish
Derived from the given name GREGOR.
GRIEVE     Scottish
Occupational name meaning "steward, farm manager" in Middle English, related to the German title Graf.
GRIFFIN (1)     Welsh
Derived from the given name GRUFFUDD.
GRIFFIN (2)     English
Nickname from the mythological beast with body of a lion with head and wings of an eagle. It is ultimately from Greek γρυψ (gryps).
GRIFFITH     Welsh
Derived from the given name GRUFFUDD.
GRIFFITHS     Welsh
Means "son of GRUFFUDD".
GRIGORESCU     Romanian
Means "son of GRIGORE" in Romanian.
GRIGOROV     Bulgarian
Means "son of GRIGOR".
GRILLO     Italian
From an Italian nickname meaning "cricket", perhaps given originally to a cheerful person (the cricket is associated with cheerfulness).
GRIMALDI     Italian
From the given name GRIMALDO. It is the surname of the royal family of Monaco, which came from Genoa.
GRONCHI     Italian
From the Tuscan word gronchio meaning "numb, bent". This is an Italian regional surname typical of Tuscany. A famous bearer was the Italian president Giovanni Gronchi (1887-1978).
GROOS     German
Variant of GROß.
GROS     French
Means "thick, fat, big" in French, from Late Latin grossus, possibly of Germanic origin.
GROSS     German
Variant of GROß.
GROß     German
From Old High German groz meaning "tall, big".
GROßE     German
Variant of GROß.
GROSSE     German
Variant of GROß.
GRÖßEL     German
Variant of GROß, used in southern Germany.
GROßEL     German
Variant of GROß, used in southern Germany.
GROßER     German
Variant of GROß.
GROSSER     German
Variant of GROß.
GROSSI     Italian
Italian cognate of GROS.
GROSSO     Italian
Italian cognate of GROS.
GRÓSZ     Hungarian
Hungarian form of GROß.
GROVES     English
From Old English graf meaning "grove". This originally indicated a person who lived near a grove (a group of trees).
GRÜNBERG     German, Jewish
From German grün "green" and Berg "mountain". This name indicated a person who lived on or near a forest-covered mountain.
GRÜNEWALD     German
Means "green forest" from German grün "green" and Wald "forest".
GRÜNSPAN     Jewish
Original form of GREENSPAN.
GRZEŚKIEWICZ     Polish
Derived from the given name GRZEGORZ.
GUADARRAMA     Spanish
Derived from the name of the town of Guadarrama near Madrid.
GUAN     Chinese
From Chinese (guān) meaning "frontier pass".
GUARNERI     Italian
From the given name Guanero, an Italian cognate of WERNER.
GUÉRIN     French
From the Germanic given name WARIN.
GUERRA     Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
From a nickname meaning "war", given to a belligerent person or one engaged in warfare.
GUERRERO     Spanish
Means "warrior" in Spanish, an occupational name for a soldier. It is derived from Late Latin werra "war", of Germanic origin.
GUERRIERO     Italian
Italian form of GUERRERO.
GUIDI     Italian
From the given name GUIDO.
GUILLORY     French
Derived from the Germanic given name WILLIRIC.
GUINNESS     Irish
Variant of MCGUINNESS. The name is well known because of the Guinness brand of ale, established in 1759 by Arthur Guinness.
GUJIĆ     Bosnian
Means "son of a snake" from the Bosnian word guja meaning "snake".
GULBRANDSEN     Norwegian
Means "son of GULBRAND" in Norwegian.
GULDBRANDSEN     Danish
Means "son of GULBRAND" in Danish.
GULLY     English
Nickname for a big person, from Middle English golias meaning "giant" (ultimately from GOLIATH, the Philistine warrior who was slain by David in the Old Testament).
GULYÁS     Hungarian
Means "herdsman, tender of cows" in Hungarian.
GUNDERSEN     Norwegian
Means "son of GUNDER".
GUNNARSEN     Norwegian, Danish
Means "son of GUNNAR".
GUNNARSSON     Swedish
Means "son of GUNNAR".
GÜNTHER     German
Derived from the given name GÜNTHER.
GUNTHER     German
Derived from the given name GÜNTHER.
GUNVALDSEN     Norwegian
Means "son of GUNVALD".
GUO     Chinese
From Chinese (guō) meaning "outer city".
GUPTA     Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi, Telugu
Means "protected" in Sanskrit.
GUSTAFSSON     Swedish
Means "son of GUSTAF". The actress Greta Garbo (1905-1990) was originally named Greta Gustafsson.
GUSTAVSSON     Swedish
Means "son of GUSTAV".
GUTERMUTH     German
Derived from Middle High German guot meaning "good" and muot meaning "mind, spirit". It was a nickname for an optimistic person.
GUTIÉRREZ     Spanish
Means "son of GUTIERRE".
GUTIERREZ     Spanish
Variant of GUTIÉRREZ.
GUTTUSO     Italian
From a Sicilian nickname meaning "sad". It was name of the famous Italian painter Renato Guttuso (born 1912).
GWERDER     German (Swiss)
From Swiss German gwerig meaning "agile, alert".
GWÓZDEK     Polish
Derived from either archaic Polish gwozd meaning "forest" or gwóźdź meaning "nail".
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