Occupational name for someone who made or sold forks, from German gabel
Meaning unknown. Possibly from the Romanian gabor
, which is a working class of gypsies.
GAGE French, English
Occupational surname deriving either from Old French gauge
"measure" (a name for an assayer) or gage
"pledge" (a name for a moneylender).
Derived from old French gagnon
"guard dog". The name most likely started as a nickname for an aggressive or cruel person.
Derived from an old Slavic term gaj
which meant "to drone" or "to drone out".
Derived from Gál
, the shortened form of the given name Gálos
, which is an old Hungarian form of GALLUS
Means "a person from Galicia" in Spanish. Galicia is a region in northwestern Spain.
GALLO Italian, Spanish
Means "cock, rooster" from Latin gallus
. This was a nickname for a proud person.
From the feminine medieval given name Allegranza or Alleganza. It comes from northern Lombardy.
From a medieval given name of unknown meaning, possibly related to the Basque word hartz
Occupational surname for one who was a gardener, from Old French jardin
meaning "garden" (of Frankish origin).
Originally denoted a person from Gárdony, a town near Budapest in Hungary.
From the name of the region in Tuscany near the historical city of Lucca: Garfagnana. A Garfagnino
is an inhabitant of this area.
Means "triangle field" in Old English. A famous bearer was American president James A. Garfield (1831-1881).
Means "triangle land" from Old English gara
. 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.
GARNETT (1) English
Occupational name referring to a person who made hinges, from Old French carne
From an old given name or nickname, documented in Genoa in 1157 as Garofalus
from a regional variant garofalo
(see the Italian word garofano
"carnation"). The word garofalu
in Sicilian dialects or the Calabrian dialect could also mean an "eddy" of seawater in the Messina Strait.
From the Basque word arratz
"bush" combined with the suffix sta
denoting a place.
Derived from Spanish garza
"heron" (a type of crane).
GASS German, Jewish
Name for someone who lived on a street in a city, from German gasse
Means "cat" in Italian and originally indicated an agile person.
Derived from a Norman given name which was a short form of Germanic names starting with the element ger
Habitational name for someone who lived in Gebara, a place in the Basque province of Araba (Álava).
Means "vulture" in German, a nickname for someone who is greedy.
Means "fiddle player" in German. This was an occupational name for a fiddler.
Occupational name for a goat herder, from southern German Geiss
meaning "goat" and the suffix ler
signifying an occupation.
From the name of one of the most important Italian cities Genova (Genoa).
German for "tanner" or "leather dresser", which makes it an occupational German surname. This surname is common in Germany and Switzerland, as are its variants Garber and Garver. Many families with this surname in Europe were members of the Anabaptist peace sects who immigrated to America to escape the widespread persecutions which followed the Reformation. Upon arrival to America as early as the beginning of the 18th century, the original form of the Gerber surname changed spelling in some families to Kerwer, Kerper, Kerwar, Gerver and Carver.
Means "hackle, hatchel" in Hungarian (a hackle is a tool used to comb out fibers).
Derived from the French form of the old Germanic name Gerwulf
Derived from Middle High German gerst
GIESE German, Danish
Derived from a short form of the given name GISELBERT
or any other Germanic name with the first element gisil
Variant of WILLIAM
. A famous bearer of the name is cartoonist and filmmaker Terry Gilliam (1940-).
Derived from a given name of Germanic origin, Ginmund
. It existed in Lombardy in the 10th century. It is well known because of cyclist Felice Gimondi (1942-).
Italianization of the Slavic surname Jugovac
which comes from the given name JOACHIM
. It is typical of the area of Trieste.
From the old Italian given name Bonagiunta
in Italian means "to add").
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.
Means "glass worker, glazier", from Old English glæs
Derived from Gaelic gleann
"valley". A famous bearer was American astronaut John Glenn (1921-2016).
Derived from Middle High German glocke
"bell". The name might have referred to a person who worked at or lived close to a bell tower.
Means "a person who made or sold gloves" from Middle English glovere
Derived from the given name Göbel
, a diminutive of the Old German name Godebert
, which is derived from god
"God" and beraht
Derived from Breton goff
"smith" and referred to a worker in metals.
Derived from Polish gomolka
, a type of round cheese. The word gomolka
is derived from gomola
From a nickname meaning "good", referring to a kindly person.
From the Germanic given name Gozzo
, derived from the element god
"good" or got
From a place name meaning "spacious fort" in the ancient Brythonic language.
From the Old English word gara
meaning "a triangular plot of land".
Originally indicated a person from Górka, a town in Poland. Its name is ultimately derived from Slavic gora
GORMAN (1) German
From a given name derived from the Germanic elements ger
"spear" combined with mann
GORMAN (2) Irish
From the Irish Ó Gormáin
meaning "descendant of Gormán". The given name Gormán
means "little blue one".
Derived from the short form of various Germanic compound given names whose first element is either god
meaning "good" or god
From a given name meaning "servant of god" from Germanic god
"god" and scalc
From the name of the city of Gouveia in Portugal, and a couple of small towns named Gouveia.
From the German noble title Graf
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.
GRANER German, Hungarian
Meaning "of Gran", Gran being the German name for Esztergom, a small 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.
Occupational name for a steward, derived from Middle English greyve
From a nickname for a person who had grey hair or grey clothes.
Descriptive name for someone who often wore the colour green or someone who lived near the village green.
GREENBERG German, Jewish
Anglicized form of the German surname Grünberg
, which is formed from the words grün
"green" and Berg
"mountain". This name indicated a person who lived on or near a forest-covered mountain.
Anglicized form of German Grünspan
which meant "verdigris". Verdigris is the green-blue substance that forms on copper.
From the given name GREGORY
that was popular in the Christian world during the Middle Ages.
Occupational name meaning "farm manager" in Middle English.
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)
From an Italian nickname meaning "cricket", perhaps given originally to a cheerful person (the cricket is associated with cheerfulness). It was documented in Bari in 1151.
From the old Germanic given name Grimaldo
. It is the name of the Prince of Monaco, Ranieri II. This noble family came from Genoa.
From the Tuscan word gronchio
meaning "numb, bent". This is an Italian regional surname typical of Tuscany, namely of the two provinces of Pisa and Firenze. This surname is known in Italy because of Giovanni Gronchi (1887-1978), president of the Italian Republic from 1955 to 1962, a period of great economic growth.
Means "thick, fat, big" in French, from Late Latin grossus
, possibly of Germanic origin.
From Old High German groz
meaning "tall, big".
From Old English graf
"grove". This originally indicated a person who lived near a grove (a group of trees).
Means "green forest" from German grüne
Means "warrior" in Spanish, an occupational name for a soldier. It is ultimately derived from the Germanic word for "war" werra
Derived from a Germanic name, composed of the elements wil
meaning "will" and ric
Variant of MCGUINNESS
. The name is well known because of the Guinness brand of ale, established in 1759 by Arthur Guinness.
Means "son of an adder snake" from the Bosnian word guja
meaning "adder snake".
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).
Means "son of GUSTAF
". The actress Greta Garbo (1905-1990) was originally named Greta Gustafsson.
Derived from the Middle High German words guot
meaning "good" and muot
meaning "mind or spirit". It also means "good spirit, good cheer". It was a name for an optimistic person.
From a Sicilian nickname guttusu
meaning "sad person". It was name of the famous Italian painter Renato Guttuso (born 1912).
Derived from either gwozd
, an archaic Polish word for "forest", or gwozdz