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GAA     German
Bavarian dialect variant of Gau.
GABARAEV     Ossetian (Russified)
Russified form of Gabaraty.
GABARATY     Ossetian
Derived from Алгуз (Alguz), an earlier Ossetian family name of unknown meaning. Historically, the last of the Alguz family migrated to the village of Zalda (located in present-day South Ossetia), where most members of the family presently reside.
GABBERT     German
Variant of GEBHARDT.
GABBETT     English
From the middle English Gabbett, which is from a pet form of the personal name GABRIEL.
From given name Gabdrakhim
GABE     Biblical Hebrew
From the name Gabriel
GABEL     Irish
GABIRIA     Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality.
GABLE     English
Northern English: of uncertain origin, perhaps a habitational name from a minor place named with Old Norse gafl ‘gable’, which was applied to a triangular-shaped hill. The mountain called Great Gable in Cumbria is named in this way.... [more]
GABRIELE     Italian
From the personal name Gabriele, Italian form of Gabriel.
GADBERRY     English
Variant of Gadbury.
GADBURY     English
Habitational name from Cadborough, alias Gateborough, in Rye, Sussex, probably so named from Old English gāt meaning "goat" + beorg meaning "hill".
GADD     Welsh
Means "battlefield" in Welsh. Comes from the Welsh word gad which means battlefield.
GADDAFI     Arabic (Maghrebi), Northern African
From the name of an Libyan Berber tribe named Qadhadhfa, possibly meaning "thrower, archer" from Arabic قَذَفَ (qaḏafa) meaning "to throw". A famous bearer was Muammar Gaddafi (1942–2011), a Libyan politician and revolutionary.
GADOT     Hebrew
Means "riverbanks" in Hebrew.
GADSBY     English
Habitational name from Gaddesby in Leicestershire, recorded in Domesday Book as Gadesbi and so named from the Old Norse personal name Gaddr (or from Old Norse gaddr "spur (of land)") and býr "settlement".
Means “son of Gadzhimagomed”.
GADŽO     Bosnian
It is assumed that Gadžo derives from the old-Indian gārhya ("domestic") and means farmer, villager, head of the house or husband.
GAGARIN     Russian
A Russian surname derived from the word gagara, meaning loon (a waterbird, genus Gavia). Notable people with the surname include: Gagarin family, a Rurikid princely family.
GAGLIANO     Italian
Habitational name from a few places in Italy, which all derived from the Latin personal name Gallius
GAGNEAU     French
Variation of Gagne.
GAGULIA     Abkhaz
Mingrelian form of the Abkhaz name Dzug-ipa meaning "son of Dzug", the name itself of Adyghe or Circassian origin of unknown meaning.
GAGULIYA     Abkhaz
Variant transcription of Gagulia.
GAHE     Indian
GAIDA     Latvian
From a personal name Gaida, based on the verb gaidīt meaning ‘to wait for’.
GAILIS     Latvian
Means "rooster".
GAILĪTIS     Latvian
Derived from the word gailis meaning "rooster".
GAINES     English, Norman, Welsh
English (of Norman origin): nickname for a crafty or ingenious person, from a reduced form of Old French engaine ‘ingenuity’, ‘trickery’ (Latin ingenium ‘native wit’). The word was also used in a concrete sense of a stratagem or device, particularly a trap.... [more]
From the city of Gainsborough in Lincolnshire, England. A famous bearer of this surname includes English painter Thomas Gainsborough.
GAINTZA     Basque
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 eponymous municipalities, the one in Leitzaldea or the one in Goierri.
GAÍNZA     Basque (Castilianized)
Castilianized form of Gaintza.
GAISER     German
GAISFORD     English
Habitational name from a lost or unidentified place.
GAL     Hebrew (Modern)
From the given name Gal (1), means "wave" in Hebrew.
GALANIS     Greek
Means 'someone with blue, pale eyes', derived from the Greek "galanos", meaning 'azure', 'milky' or 'blue'.
GALANTE     Italian, French, Jewish
Comes from the ancient French word "galant" meaning someone in love or who has fun. In the case of Mordecai Galante, a Spanish exile in 16th century Rome, his courteous manners won for him from the Roman nobles the surname "Galantuomo" (gentleman), from which Galante was eventually derived.... [more]
GALARTZA     Basque
This indicates familial origin within either of 3 eponymous neighborhoods: the one in Etxebarria, Comarca of Lea-Artibai, the one in Larrabetzu, Comarca of Bilbo, or the one in Aretxabaleta, Comarca of Debagoiena.
GALASSO     Italian
Italianized from GALAHAD.
GALBRAITH     Scottish, Scottish Gaelic
Ethnic name for someone descended from a tribe of Britons living in Scotland, from Gaelic gall ‘stranger’ + Breathnach ‘Briton’ (i.e. ‘British foreigner’). These were either survivors of the British peoples who lived in Scotland before the Gaelic invasions from Ireland in the 5th century (in particular the Welsh-speaking Strathclyde Britons, who survived as a distinctive ethnic group until about the 14th century), or others who had perhaps migrated northwestwards at the time of the Anglo-Saxon invasions.
GALE     Welsh
GALEVSKI     Macedonian
Son of Gale
GALEWSKI     Polish
Habitational name for someone from Galew, Galewice, or Galów in the voivodeships of Kalisz, Kielce, or Konin.
GALIEV     Tatar, Bashkir
Tatar and Bashkir variant of Aliev.
GALILEI     Italian
A notable bearer, is astronomer Galileo Galilei.
GALIMOV     Bashkir, Tatar
Bashkir and Tatar variant of Alimov.
GALÍNDEZ     Spanish
Patronymic from the personal name Galindo.
GALINDO     Spanish, Aragonese
From the medieval personal name Galindo, of predominantly Aragonese origin and distribution, but of unknown etymology.
GALISHOFF     Upper German, German (Austrian)
Derived from the ancient Roman name "Gallus", meaning "rooster" in Latin. "Hoff" meaning house combines the growing or tending to poultry on a farm house, hence the name "Galishoff" which has been modified over the millennia... [more]
GALIT     Filipino, Tagalog
Means "anger" in Tagalog.
GALIT     Hebrew
From the given name Galit.
GALKIN     Russian
Derived from Russian галка (galka) meaning "jackdaw".
GAŁKOWSKI     Polish
Habitational name for someone from Gałkowo in Suwałki voivodeship or Gałków in Piotrków voivodeship, both places named from gałka meaning ‘knob’, ‘lump’.
GALL     Spanish
In fact it is Catalan. See italian Gall... [more]
GALL     Scottish, Irish, English
Nickname, of Celtic origin, meaning "foreigner" or "stranger". In the Scottish Highlands the Gaelic term gall was applied to people from the English-speaking lowlands and to Scandinavians; in Ireland the same term was applied to settlers who arrived from Wales and England in the wake of the Anglo-Norman invasion of the 12th century... [more]
GALLANT     English
Nickname for a cheerful or high-spirited person, from Old French, Middle English galant "bold, dashing, lively". The meanings "gallant" and "attentive to women" are further developments, which may lie behind some examples of the surname.
GALLEGOS     Spanish
Derived from Spanish gallego meaning "Galician", denoting someone originally from the region of Galicia in northeastern Spain.
GALLOWAY     Scottish
Scottish: regional name from Galloway in southwestern Scotland, named as ‘place of the foreign Gaels’, from Gaelic gall ‘foreigner’ + Gaidheal ‘Gael’. From the 8th century or before it was a province of Anglian Northumbria... [more]
GALPIN     English
English: occupational name for a messenger or scullion (in a monastery), from Old French galopin ‘page’, ‘turnspit’, from galoper ‘to gallop’.
GALURA     Filipino, Tagalog
Derived from Kapampangan galura, ultimately from Sanskrit गरुड (garuḍa) referring to a mythical bird in Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain belief.
GALVAN     Irish
Variant form of O'Galvin (see also Galvin).
GÁLVEZ     Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Castilian municipality in the Province of Toledo.
GALVIN     Irish
Variant form of O'Galvin.
GAMA     Portuguese
Probably from gama ‘fallow deer doe’, feminine form of gamo, possibly as a topographic or habitational name.
GAMAL     Arabic (Egyptian)
From the given name Gamal.
GAMBINO     Italian
from a diminutive of gamba ‘leg’, probably applied as a nickname for someone with short legs.
GAMBLE     English
from the Old Norse byname Gamall meaning "old", which was occasionally used in North England during the Middle Ages as a personal name. ... [more]
GAMELIN     French
From pet form of any of the compound personal names formed with gamal, related to Old Norse gamall, Old German gamel "old", "aged". ... [more]
GAMIAO     Spanish (Modern, ?)
from a Basque nickname means "good member"
GAMIZ     Basque
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 eponymous neighborhoods: the one in the municipality of Gasteiz or the one in the municipality of Gamiz-Fika.
GAMMON     English
From a medieval nickname applied to a merry or sportive person (from Middle English gamen "game"), or to someone who walked in a strange way or had some peculiarity of the legs (from Anglo-Norman gambon "ham").
GAMON     Irish
This name is a last name for the Irish it means Liam Gamon.
GAN     Chinese
GANAS     Greek
Occupational name for a coppersmith, from gana "coating", "verdigris". Possibly also a variant of Ganis.
GANBOA     Basque
Proper, non-Castilianized form of Gamboa.
GÁNDARA     Galician
It refers to a type of unproductive wetland, of alluvial origin, rich in gravel and sand.
GANDHI     Indian, Marathi, Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil
Means "perfume seller", derived from Sanskrit गन्ध (gandha) meaning "odour, fragrance, perfume". Notable bearers include Mahatma Mohandas Gandhi (1869-1948), an Indian civil rights and independence leader, and Indira Gandhi (1917-1984), the first female Prime Minister of India.
Gangelhoff - German
GANGEMI     Sicily
Arab origin meaning healer
From the name of the Ganges River (also the name of a villge) combined with Sanskrit उपाध्याय (upadhyaya) meaning "teacher, instructor, priest".
GANGULY     Bengali
Variant of Gangopadhyay.
GANJOO     Indian, Urdu, Persian
Ganjoo is a surname from Kashmiri Pandit clan . The original name was Ganwar, meaning Person in charge of Treasury in Kings court. This name gradually changed to Ganjoo or Ganju.
GANNON     Irish
Reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mag Fhionnáin, a patronymic from the personal name Fionnán. This name, from a diminutive of fionn ‘white’, ‘fair’, was borne by several early Irish saints.
GANUS     Russian, Ukrainian
Possibly derived from Russian анис (anis) referring to the anise (Pimpinella anisum) plant or from the Turkish given name Gainislam itself from Arabic عَيْن (ʿayn) meaning "spring, source" combined with the name of the religion Islam.
GANZ     German, German (Swiss)
Variant of Gans 'goose'. German: from a short form of the Germanic personal name Ganso, a cognate of modern German ganz 'whole', 'all'.
GAO     Chinese
This surname is written with the character meaning "Tall, High": 高. A notable bearer, is Guiying Gao, a female revolutionary army commander.
GARA     Hungarian
Variant of Garay.
GARABEDIAN     Armenian
Means "son of Garabed", an Armenian personal name meaning literally "leader, precursor" and traditionally used as an epithet of John the Baptist in the Armenian church.
GARAI     Basque
It literally means ''farmhouse''.
GARATE     Basque
Habitational name from a town called Garate in Basque Country, or topographic name, possibly from a derivative of Basque gara ‘height’, ‘peak’.
GARAY     Hungarian
Habitational name for someone from a place called Gara.
GARBO     Italian
Either (i) from the via del Garbo, the name of a street in Florence that in former times was the place of work of spinners, weavers, etc. of lana del Garbo "wool from the Algarve" in Portugal; or (ii) probably from a medieval Italian nickname for an urbane or well-mannered person (from Italian garbo "polite, kind")... [more]
habitational name for someone from a place called Garczyn, in Gdańsk and Siedlce voivodeships.
GARDEA     Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of Laudio.
GARDLIN     Swedish
Possibly derived from the Swedish word Gård meaning (Garden, or Gardener).
GARFINKEL     Yiddish
Jewish (Ashkenazic) ornamental name or nickname from Yiddish gorfinkl ‘carbuncle’, German Karfunkel. This term denoted both a red precious or semi-precious stone, especially a garnet or ruby cut into a rounded shape (in which case it is an ornamental name), and a large inflamed growth on the skin like a large boil (in which case it is a descriptive nickname).
GARFUNKEL     Jewish, Yiddish
From גאָרפֿינקל‎ (gorfinkl), "carbuncle" in Yiddish, which in turns derives from German Karfunkel. A notable bearer of this surname is Art Garfunkel.... [more]
GARIBAI     Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of Oñati in the Comarca of Debagoiena.
GARIBAY     Basque (Castilianized)
Castilianized form of Garibai.
GARINGTON     English
Possibly from the given name Gareth.
GARLICK     English
(i) "grower or seller of garlic"; (ii) perhaps from a medieval personal name descended from Old English Gārlāc, literally "spear-play"; (iii) an anglicization of the Belorussian Jewish name Garelick, literally "distiller"
GARNETT     English
United kingdom
GARRIE     Italian
to denote 'son of Geargain' a name which originally in derived from 'gearg' which meant grouse but which was often used figuratively for warrior
GARRIGUES     French, Provençal
This surname comes from Old Provençal garrique meaning "grove of holm oaks or kermes oaks."
GARRO     Basque
Means "place of the flame" in Basque.
GĄSIOR     Polish
From the Polish gąsior meaning "gander" (male goose).
Habitational name for someone from a place called Gąsiorowo, for example in Kalisz or Poznań voivodeships.
GASKILL     English
Meaning "Goat Shelter". English (Lancashire) habitual name from Gatesgill in Cumbria, so named from Old Norse geit ‘goat’ + skáli ‘shelter’. The surname is first recorded in the early half of the 14th Century.
GASNIER     French
Variant of Garnier.
GASPARIAN     Armenian (Expatriate)
Variant transcription of Gasparyan used by Armenians living outside of Armenia.
GASPAROV     Russian
Derived from the given name Gaspar.
GASPARYAN     Armenian
Means "son of Gaspar".
GASSER     German (Swiss)
Occupational name for a goat herd from Middle High German geiz meaning "Goat" and (n)er an agent suffix.
GAT     Spanish
The catalan form of "gato" cat
GATAKI     Greek (?)
Meaning "kitten" in Greek.
GATES     English
Topographic name for someone who lived by the gates of a medieval walled town. The Middle English singular gate is from the Old English plural, gatu, of geat "gate" (see Yates)... [more]
GATLIN     English
English of uncertain origin; probably a variant of Catlin or Gadling, a nickname from Old English gœdeling ‘kinsman’, ‘companion’, but also ‘low fellow’.
GATLIN     German
Possibly an altered spelling of German Göttling, from a Germanic personal name formed with god ‘god’ or god ‘good’ + -ling suffix of affiliation, or, like Gättling (of which this may also be an altered form), a nickname from Middle High German getlinc ‘companion’, ‘kinsman’.
GATLING     English, German (Anglicized)
English variant of Gatlin. Possibly a respelling of German Gättling (see also Gatlin).
GATO     Spanish
Gato is a Spanish, Portuguese and Galician word for cat.
GATO     Japanese
See Goto.
GATSBY     English
A different form of Gadsby ("person from Gaddesby", Leicestershire ("Gaddr's farmstead")). A fictional bearer is Jay Gatsby, the central character of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel 'The Great Gatsby' (1925).
GAU     German
Habitational name from any of various places named with Middle High German gau, göu ‘area of fertile agricultural land’.
GAUL     Scottish (Latinized, Rare), Irish, German
Scottish and Irish: variant of Gall ... [more]
GAUTAM     Nepali, Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Punjabi
From the given name Gautama.
GAUTIER     French
Variant of Gauthier. In this spelling, the name has been established in both Italy (Turin) and Germany (Brunswick) since about 1700
GAVAZANSKY     Belarusian, Jewish
Means "from the town of Gavezhno". Gavezhno is a town in Belarus. For more information go here
GAVETT     English
Variant of GAVITT
GAVILÁN     Spanish
It literally means "Eurasian sparrowhawk".
GAVIN     Scottish, English
From the given name Gavin.
GAVIRIA     Basque (Castilianized)
Castilianized form of Gabiria.
GAVITT     English
Perhaps an altered spelling of the middle English Gabbett, which is from a pet form of the personal name GABRIEL.
GAVRAN     Croatian, Serbian
Means ''raven''.
GAVRIEL     Greek
Variant transcription of Gavriil.
GAVRIIL     Greek
From the given name Gavriil.
GAVRIILOV     Russian
Variant transcription of GAVRIILOV.
GAVRILOV     Russian
Means "son of GAVRIIL".
GAWKRODGER     English
From a medieval nickname meaning "clumsy Roger".
GAWRYCH     Polish
Variant of the given name "Gabriel".
GAY     English, French
Nickname for a lighthearted or cheerful person, from Middle English, Old French gai.
GAY     English, Norman
Habitational name from places in Normandy called Gaye, from an early proprietor bearing a Germanic personal name cognate with Wade.
GAY     Catalan
Probably from the Catalan personal name Gai. (Catalan form of the name Gaius).
GAYANGOS     Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the Castilian comarca of Las Merindades.
GAYDOS     Hungarian, English
Anglicized spelling of Hungarian GAJDOS.
GAYER     German
Derived from Slavic gaj "grove", this name denoted a forest warden.
GAYLORD     English
Derived from Old French gaillard meaning "high-spirited, boistrous".
GAZAEV     Ossetian (Russified)
Russified form of an Ossetian name most likely derived from Ossetian гæзæмæ (gæzæmæ) meaning "few, little, rare".
GAZDANOV     Ossetian (Russified)
Russified form of Gazdanty.
GAZDANTY     Ossetian
Possibly derived from Arabic غَازِي (ḡāzī) meaning "hero, champion".
GAZDIEV     Ingush (Russified), Ossetian (Russified)
Russified form of an Ingush and Ossetian surname derived from the name of an Ingush teip (clan) of unknown meaning, possibly of Turkic origin. The name is mainly found in present-day Ingushetia and North Ossetia-Alania.
GEARHART     English (American)
Americanized spelling of German Gierhard, a variant of Gerhardt.
GEARING     English
probably an Americanized spelling of Gehring
GEBHARDT     German
From a Germanic given name composed of the elements geb "gift" and hard "hardy", "brave", "strong".
GEDDES     Scottish, Irish
There is a place of this name in Nairn, but the name is more likely to be a patronymic from Geddie.
GEE     Irish, Scottish, English, French
Irish and Scottish: reduced form of McGee, Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Aodha ‘son of Aodh’ (see McCoy). ... [more]
GEERS     Dutch
Patronymic from a short form of any of various personal names formed with the Germanic element gar,ger.
GEERTS     Dutch
Variant of the surname Geers.
GEESON     Irish
This unusual name is the patronymic form of the surname Gee, and means "son of Gee", from the male given name which was a short form of male personal names such as "Geoffrey", "George" and "Gerard"... [more]
GEEVARGHESE     Indian (Christian)
From the given name Geevarghese, used by Malayalam-speaking Saint Thomas Christians.
GEISSLERRA     Spanish (Caribbean)
Name found in Cuba and Argentina from German Ancestors
GELEYNSE     Dutch
The name Geleynse originated in the Netherlands in the 1400s from a carpenter who went by the name of Jakob Geleijnsen
GELLER     Yiddish, German, Russian
The name may derive from the German word "gellen" (to yell) and mean "one who yells." It may derive from the Yiddish word "gel" (yellow) and mean the "yellow man" or from the Yiddish word "geler," an expression for a redheaded man... [more]
GELSO     Italian
Means MULBERRY in Italian
GELSOMINO     Italian
From the Italian word gelsomino, meaning "jasmine"
GELU     Slovak
GENTOO     Indian, Telugu, Portuguese
It is a Telugu name, most likely meaning "Gentile". It was first used by the Portuguese.
GENTRY     French
From the English word, which is in turn from French gentrie, referring to that which is "noble," or the "nobility." From earlier gentillece, which was originally from gentil, "refinement."
GEORGE     English, French, German
Derived from the given name George.
GEORGIA     English
From the given name Georgia.
GEORGIEVA     Bulgarian
Feminine form of Georgiev.
GEORGIEVSKI     Macedonian
Means "son of Georgi".
GEORGIYEV     Russian
Means "son of GEORGIY".
Patronymic form of GEORGIOS.
GÉRALD     French
Derived from the given name Gérald.
GERALD     English
Derived from the given name Gerald.
GERALDSON     English
Means "son of Gerald".
GERASIMENKO     Ukrainian
From the given name Gerasim.
GERASIMOV     Russian
Means "son of Gerasim".
GERDES     German
Patronymic name, coming from "son of Gerhard.
GERE     English
Variant of Geer, Gehr or Geary, all related to the Old High German element gēr (Old English gār, Old Norse geirr) meaning "spear, arrow". A famous bearer is American actor Richard Gere (b... [more]
GEREÑA     Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of Gasteiz.
GERENA     Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Andalusian municipality.
GERHARDSEN     Norwegian, Danish
Means "son of GERHARD".
GERLING     German
German patronymic from a short form of a Germanic personal name beginning with the element gar, ger ‘spear’, ‘lance’.
GERMAN     English, Norman, German, Jewish, Greek
From Old French germain meaning "German". This sometimes denoted an actual immigrant from Germany, but was also used to refer to a person who had trade or other connections with German-speaking lands... [more]
GERMANOTTA     Italian
Possibly derived from Germano by adding a diminutive suffix. Most common in the Messina area in Sicily. A famous bearer of the surname is singer Lady Gaga (Stefani Germanotta).
GERNIKA     Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous section of the municipality of Gernika-Lumo.
GERRARD     English
From the given name Gerrard.
GERRITY     Irish
the son of Oireachtach (member of an assembly).
GERSCH     German, Jewish
Variant of Giersch. ... [more]
GERSHON     English, Hebrew
Hebrew One of the tribes of Israel ... [more]
GERTH     German (Swiss)
From a reduced form of Gerhardt. Habitational name for someone from Gerthe near Bochum.
GERTSCH     German (Swiss)
From a short form of any of the Germanic personal names formed with gēr meaning ‘spear’, ‘lance’.
GERVAIS     English, French
From the French given name Gervais.
GERWULF     German
This is an old Germanic name meaning "spear wolf" (ger "spear" and wulf "wolf.")
GETTY     Irish
Meaning: Hill, valley.... [more]
GHANNOUCHI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
Meaning unknown. A notable bearer is Mohamed Ghannouchi (1941–), the former Prime Minister of Tunisia.
Meaning "black eye".
GHARBI     Arabic (Maghrebi)
From Arabic غَرْب (ḡarb) meaning "stranger" or "west, Occident" (chiefly Tunisian).
GHASEMI     Persian
Derived from the given name Ghasem.
GHAZARIAN     Armenian (Expatriate)
Variant of Ghazaryan used by Armenians living outside Armenia.
GHAZARYAN     Armenian
Means "son of Lazar".
GHEATA     Romanian
Means "ice."
GHENCO     ?
GHEZZI     Italian
Patronymic or plural form of a nickname from Old Italian ghezzo ‘dark’
GHORBANI     Persian
Derived from Arabic قُرْبَان (qurbān) meaning "sacrifice", referring to the Islamic practise Qurbani of slaughtering a livestock animal for Eid al-Adha.
GHORMLEY     Irish
Variant of Gormley.
GHOSH     Bengali, Indian
Means "cowherder" or "milkman" from Sanskrit गो (gó) meaning "cow, cattle, ox".
GHOSHAL     Indian, Bengali
Possibly derived from the surname Ghosh.
From a compound personal name composed of Gianni + Francesco.
Variation of Giannopoulos
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