Submitted Surnames Starting with G
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Gifford is an English name for someone who comes from Giffords Hall in Suffolk. In Old English, it was Gyddingford, or "ford associated with Gydda." Alternatively, it could come from the Middle English nickname, "Giffard," from Old French meaning "chubby-cheeked."
From the personal name Giglio, from giglio
"lily" (from Latin lilium
), a plant considered to symbolize the qualities of candor and purity.
Means either (i) "person from Gilby", Lincolnshire ("Gilli's farm"); or (ii) "little Gilbert
Topographic name for someone who lived by a ravine or deep glen, Middle English gil(l), Old Norse gil "ravine"
GILLESPIE Scottish, Irish
Gillespie can be of Scottish and Irish origin. The literal meaning is "servant of bishop", but it is a forename rather than a status name. The Irish Gillespies, originally MacGiollaEaspuig, are said to to be called after one Easpog Eoghan, or Bishop Owen, of Ardstraw, County Tyrone... [more]
GILLIARD French, Swiss
French and Swiss French from a derivative of Gillier
, from the Germanic personal name Giselher
, composed of gisil
‘hostage’, ‘pledge’, ‘noble offspring’ (see Giesel
) + heri
From the Norman personal name Gillebrand
, of Germanic origin and meaning literally "hostage-sword".
From the Spanish word ginebra
, meaning "gin," possibly ultimately from the Latin iuniperus
, meaning "juniper."
My Great Grandfather's name was Jose Maria Ginel
Either (i) from a shortened form of the Germanic personal name Gangulf
, literally "walking wolf"; or (ii) a different form of Gingold
An invented Jewish name, from Yiddish, literally "fine gold". Hermione Gingold (1897-1987) was a British actress.
From a medieval nickname applied to a brave man (or, with heavy irony, to a cowardly one), from Old French cuer de lion
Possibly from a variant of Italian ghironda ‘barrel-organ’.
From a shortened form of the Germanic personal name Gisulf
, literally "hostage wolf". It was borne by American actress Lillian Gish (?1893-1993), original name Lillian de Guiche.
From the Welsh personal name Gutyn
, a pet form of GRUFFYDD
, with the redundant addition of English patronymic -s
Possibly a patronymic from a byname from Welsh cethin
Occupational name for an officer of justice, Italian giudice
" judge" (Latin iudex
, from ius
"law" + dicere
"to say"). In some cases it may have been applied as a nickname for a solemn and authoritative person thought to behave like a judge.
From a short form of the various Old English personal names with a first element glæd
"shining, joyful". Compare Gladwin
Probably means "bright island", from the Old English element glæd
"bright" (cf. Glædwine
) and the English element ney
"island" (cf.... [more]
Habitational name from a place near Biggar in Lanarkshire, apparently named from Old English gleoda meaning "kite" + stān meaning "stone".
Nickname from Middle High Geman glander meaning "gleam", "sparkle", "shine", for someone with such a temperament.
Nickname meaning "gray, green, silver-haired".
GLASS Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of the epithet glas
"gray, green, blue" or any of various Gaelic surnames derived from it.
Means either "sword-maker" or "sword-seller", or else from a nickname applied to a skilled swordsman (in either case from Middle English gleyve
Habitational name from a place in the parish of Westerkirk, Dumfries, recorded in 1384 as Glendonwyne. It is probably named from Welsh glyn meaning "valley" + din meaning "fort" + gwyn meaning "fair", "white".
GLISSEN English, Irish
Possible British version of the Irish surname Glasson from the the Gaelic word O’Glasain. Meaning green from the counties of Tipperary.
Meant "person who lives by a church bell-tower or in a house with the sign of a bell", "bell-ringer" or "town crier" (German Glocke
"bell"). It was borne by Sir William Glock (1908-2000), a British music administrator.
This is my surname. My cousin Steve Glowzenski, had the C dropped along the way somewhere, probably the military.
GLYNN Welsh, Cornish
Topographic name for someone who lived in a valley, Welsh glyn
, Cornish glin
, or a habitational name from a place named with this word.
GOBER English, French
The surname Gober was first found in Warwickshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Norman influence of English history dominated after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed.
From an Old German personal name, Godilo, Godila.German (Gödel): from a pet form of a compound personal name beginning with the element god ‘good’ or god, got ‘god’.Variant of Godl or Gödl, South German variants of Gote, from Middle High German got(t)e, gö(t)te ‘godfather’.
Comes from the Germanic personal name Godin-, a pet form of any of various compound names beginning with god, got ‘god’. Compare Godbold, Goddard, and Godfrey.
GOEBBELS German, History
Originally an occupational name for a brewer. Paul Joseph Goebbels was a German politician and Reich Minister of Propaganda in Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945.
GOEDEKE Low German
Low German surname composed of the element gode
and the diminutive suffix -ke
can mean either "good", "God" or "a Goth".
Indian (northern states): Hindu (Bania) and Jain name of unknown origin, based on the name of a clan in the Agarwal Bania community.
Patronym from a Germanic name: good or god + man.
Chamorro for "very hot climate". Gof- is an amplifier which means very. Figan is a word for "hot", implying the climate
GOGNON French, Occitan
Nickname for an aggressive or belligerent man, from Old French Gagnon
‘ mastiff’, ‘guard dog’. Possibly from Occitan ganhon ‘young pig’, applied as an offensive nickname. See also Gonyeau
GOGOL Ukrainian, Polish, Jewish
Means "Common goldeneye (a type of duck)" in Ukrainian. Possibly a name for a fowler. A famous bearer was Nikolai Gogol.
Topographic name from gola
"mountain hollow, cavity".
Nickname for a mild-mannered or peace-loving man, from Polish golab
Israeli ornamental name from the Golan Heights in Israel.
It denotes that a family originated in the eponymous Greater Polish town.
GOLD English, German
From Old English, Old High German gold
"gold", applied as a metonymic occupational name for someone who worked in gold, i.e. a refiner, jeweler, or gilder, or as a nickname for someone who either had many gold possessions or bright yellow hair.
Ornamental name from modern German Gold
, Yiddish gold
"gold". In North America it is often a reduced form of one of the many compound ornamental names of which Gold
is the first element.
From an Old English personal name Golda
(or the feminine Golde
), which persisted into the Middle Ages as a personal name. The name was in part a byname from gold
"gold", and in part a short form of the various compound names with this first element.
Occupational name for a worker in gold, a compound of Old English gold
"gold" and smið
"smith". In North America it is very often an English translation of German or Jewish Goldschmidt
Ornamental name composed of German Gold
"gold" and Stein
GOLDWATER German (Anglicized), Jewish (Anglicized)
This name is an Anglicized form of the German or Ashkenazic ornamental surname 'Goldwasser', or 'Goldvasser'. The name derives from the German or Yiddish gold', gold, with 'wasser', water, and is one of the very many such compound ornamental names formed with 'gold', such as 'Goldbaum', golden tree, 'Goldbert', golden hill, 'Goldkind', golden child, 'Goldrosen', golden roses, and 'Goldstern', golden star.
Ornamental name from Polish golab
"dove" (from Latin columba
This indicates familial origin within the Masovian village of Gołyń.
GOMBERT French, German
French and German: from Gundbert
, a Germanic personal name composed of the elements gund ‘battle’ + berht ‘bright’, ‘famous’. The name was relatively popular in both France and Germany during the Middle Ages, and was also adopted by Ashkenazic Jews... [more]
Means "short skirt," in Italian, as in a piece of armor.
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of Aranguren in the Navarrese comarca of Iruñerria.
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Navarrese municipality.
Came from a rich village of the Philippines was adapted during the Spanish Colony
My family surname originated in southern French-speaking Belgium. There is a tiny village called Gonzeville in northern France near the Belgian border which you can find on Wikipedia. Many surnames from French speaking Belgium have 5 or 6 letters and end in -ze, such as Gonze and Meeze... [more]
Habitational name from Gowdall in East Yorkshire, named from Old English golde
"marigold" and Old English halh
From Middle English gode
"good" and ale
"ale, malt liquor", hence a metonymic occupational name for a brewer or an innkeeper.
From a medieval nickname probably applied either to someone of average abilities or to an easily satisfied person; also, perhaps from a medieval nickname meaning "good servant".
Generally explained as a nickname meaning 'good fellow' or 'good companion'.
The name Gooding comes from the baptismal name for "the son of Godwin"
A combination of the words "good" and "man". A nickname given to a kind man.
Nickname for a dutiful son, from Middle English gode
‘good’ + sone
GOODY Medieval English
From Middle English god dai
‘good day’, possibly applied as a nickname for someone who frequently used this greeting.... [more]
A Polish and Jewish name that means; ‘mountain’, ‘hill’, hence a topographic name for someone who lived on a hillside or in a mountainous district, or perhaps a nickname for a large person
From Russian горбун (gorbun)
meaning "hunchback, humpback". A notable bearer is Mikhail Gorbachev (1931-), a former Soviet politician.
Jewish (Ashkenazic) altered form of Horn
(5), under Russian influence; since Russian has no h
and alters h
in borrowed words to g
. In Israel the name has been reinterpreted by folk etymology as being from Hebrew goren
'threshing floor', which is in fact etymologically and semantically unrelated.
Topographic name from Sicilian gorga, Catalan gorg(a) ‘place where water collects’, ‘mill pond’, ‘gorge’.
A name originating from Kent, England believed to come from the elements gara
meaning "from a triangular shaped homestead." Compare Gore
The name of a small town in Saxony. Derived from old Sorbian word "Zgorelc" meaning "settlement on a burned-out forest."
GORMLEY Irish (Anglicized)
Anglicised form of Ó Gormghaile
meaning "descendant of Gormghal," Gormghal, a personal name, being derived from gorm
meaning "noble, (dark) blue" and gal
meaning "valour, ardour."
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Navarrese locality.
Derived from Polish adjective gościnny
from word gość
English: habitational name from Gotham in Nottinghamshire, so named from Old English gat
‘goat’ + ham
‘homestead’ or hamm
It is written three ways: Go meaning "Behind", To meaning "Wisteria", or Go meaning "Five" and To meaning "Island". This is considered a common Japanese surname. The Wisteria part is thought to be linked to the Fujiwara
Nickname for a red-haired person, from Welsh coch
Breton combination of gour
meaning "a charming, affable, gentle or conciliatory man". The digraph -ff
was introduced by Middle Ages' authors to indicate a nasalized vowel.
A famous bearer is a journalist well known from the educational TV, Jamy
Occupational name from Gaelic gobha
Reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Gobhann ‘descendant of the smith’.
GOYA Japanese (Rare)
This may be wrong---- This is variously written. It is usually written with characters meaning "Barbarian Room" or "Give Room". This is mostly in the Ryukyu Islands. ... [more]
A filipino surname from the Spanish word "gozar," meaning "to enjoy."
Occupational name from a diminutive of grabarz ‘grave digger’.
It indicates familial origin within the Masovian village of Grąbczewo.
Topographic name for someone who lived by a dike or ditch, or habitational name from either of two places in Thuringia named with this word: Grabe and Graba.
Means "digger of ditches or graves" (from a derivative of Middle High German graben
"ditch"). A famous bearer was US actress, dancer and singer Betty Grable (1916-1973).
Habitational name from the lands of Graden in Berwickshire.
Habitational name for someone from a place called Gradowo in Włocławek voivodeship.
GRAF Jewish, Yiddish
Ornamental name selected, like Herzog
and other words denoting titles, because of their aristocratic connotations.
GRAF German, German (Swiss)
Status name from Middle High German grave
, which was used as a title denoting various more or less aristocratic dignitaries and officials. In later times it became established as a title of nobility equivalent to the Romance count... [more]
Metonymic occupational name for a clerk or scribe, from Anglo-Norman French grafe
"quill, pen" (a derivative of grafer
"to write", Late Latin grafare
, from Greek graphein
Nickname from Spanish granado
"mature", "experienced", "distinguished".
Occupational name for a grower or seller of pomegranates, or a topographic name for someone who lived near a pomegranate tree, from granado
"pomegranate tree" (cf. GARNETT
Occupational name for a grower or seller of pomegranates, or a topographic name for someone who lived near a pomegranate tree, from granado
"pomegranate tree" (cf. GARNETT
Granata is an Italian word for a shade of red (maroon), and the Latin name of the city of Granada.
Occupational name for a jeweler or lapidary, from granato
GRANGE English, French
English and French topographic name for someone who lived by a granary, from Middle English, Old French grange
‘granary’, ‘barn’, from granum
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Riojan municipality.
GRANT English, Scottish
From a medieval personal name, probably a survival into Middle English of the Old English byname Granta
This is the name of a minor character in Victor Hugo's novel 'Les Misérables' (1862), a follower of the revolutionary Enjolras
Habitational name from Grantham in Lincolnshire, of uncertain origin. The final element is Old English hām
"homestead"; the first may be Old English grand
"gravel" or perhaps a personal name Granta
, which probably originated as a byname meaning "snarler"... [more]
GRAPE Low German
Metonymic occupational name for a maker of metal or earthenware vessels, from Middle Low German grope
GRASS English, German
Topographic name for someone who owned or lived by a meadow, or a metonymic occupational name for someone who made or sold hay, from Middle English gras
, Middle High German gras
"grass, pasture, grazing".
Occupational name, reduced from Gaelic greusaiche
"shoemaker". A certain John Grasse alias Cordonar
(Middle English cordewaner
"shoemaker") is recorded in Scotland in 1539.
GRAU German, Jewish
Nickname for someone with gray hair or a gray beard, from German grau
Habitational name from a place so named near Hannover.
Occupational name from Middle English greyve "steward", from Old Norse greifi or Low German greve
Topographic name for someone who lived on a patch of gravelly soil, from Old French grave
"gravel" (of Celtic origin).
Either from the northern form of Graf
, but more commonly a topographic name from Middle Low German grave
"ditch", "moat", "channel", or a habitational name from any of several places in northern Germany named with this word.
GRAWERT Low German, German (East Prussian)
As a Low German name, Grawert is derived from Middle High German grā
and Old High German grāo
"gray" (originally "shimmery, gleaming"). As a surname, it was a nickname given to someone with gray hair.... [more]
GRAYLING English (British)
Uncommon surname of unclear origin; possible medieval locational name, or a derivative of the French surname Grail or the diminutive Graillon.... [more]
Means "stone from the cliff or ridge" from German greben
, (cliff or ridge) and stein
GREELEY English, Norman
English (of Norman origin): nickname for someone with a pock-marked face, from Old Northern French greslé
‘pitted’, ‘scarred’ (from gresle
‘hailstone’, of Germanic origin).
GREENBERGER German, Jewish
Anglicized form of the German surname Grünberger
, which is formed from the words grün
"mountain", and the habitational suffix -er. This name indicated a person who lived on or near a forest-covered mountain.
Notable bearers include film director Paul Greengrass and baseball player Jim Greengrass.
From one of two placenames, located near the Anglo-Scottish border. Named with Old English grēne
, 'green' and halw
, 'hill, mound'.
From Old English grēne
"green" and lēaf
"leaf", presumably applied as a nickname, the significance of which is now lost.
habitational name from any of various minor places, for example in Staffordshire, so named from Old English grene ‘green’ + leah ‘woodland clearing’.
Originally given to a person who lived near a grassy path, from Middle English grene
"green" and weye
"road, path" (cf. Way
Topographic name for someone who lived in a dense forest, from Middle English grene
"green" and wode
"wood", or a habitational name from a minor place so named, as for example Greenwood in Heathfield, East Sussex.