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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]
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
Anglicised form of the Gaelic Mag Oireachtaigh, meaning "son of Oireachtach", which in turn means "member of the assembly".
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]
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of Gasteiz.
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Andalusian municipality.
German patronymic from a short form of a Germanic personal name beginning with the element gar
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]
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).
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous section of the municipality of Gernika-Lumo.
the son of Oireachtach (member of an assembly).
Diminutive of names containing ger
, meaning "spear".
GERTSCH German (Swiss)
From a short form of any of the Germanic personal names formed with gēr
meaning ‘spear’, ‘lance’.
Patronymic from a Germanic personal name meaning "hardy", "brave", "strong."
This is an old Germanic name meaning "spear wolf" (ger "spear" and wulf "wolf.")
Topographical name for someone who lived by a gorge, Middle High German gevelle, or a habitational name for someone from any of various places in Bavaria and Austria named from this word.
GHASSAN Arabic (Modern)
The Ghassan surname originated in the village of Furzol in eastern Lebanon. It is believed that the name came from Shefa-'Amr in Israel, and was brought by Ghassans that were fleeing the unjust rule of Ahmed al-Jazzar, the Wali of Sidon and Damascus in the late 18th century... [more]
Patronymic or plural form of a nickname from Old Italian ghezzo ‘dark’
The spelling of the original surname indicates that it probably didn't originate from Malta, but the surname is almost only found there anyway. The surname means "cross-eyed".
Derived from Arabic قُرْبَان (qurbān)
meaning "sacrifice", referring to the Islamic practise Qurbani
of slaughtering a livestock animal for Eid al-Adha.
GHOSH Bengali, Indian
Means "cowherder" or "milkman" from Sanskrit गो (gó)
meaning "cow, cattle, ox".
Meaning unknown. A famous bearer of this name is an American music composer films known as Michael Giacchino (1967-).
The first recorded use of the name is from 1291; Robert de Gidlow was a freeholder in Aspull, Lancanshire, United Kingdom and the name occurs frequently down to the 17th century. The Gidlow family moved to the United States in the mid-18th century where the spelling was changed to Goodlow
and eventually to GOODLOE
This indicates familial origin within the Lesser Polish village of Gierlachów.
Denoted a person from the town of Giesing in Germany. Or perhaps a variant spelling of GEISINGER
. A famous bearer of this surname is the German singer-songwriter Max Giesinger.
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
Occupational name for a worker in gold, from Yiddish gildner 'golden'.
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.
GINSBURG German, Jewish
Habitational name for someone who came from Gunzberg in Bavaria, Günsburg in Swabia, or Gintsshprik (Königsburg) in East Prussia. Its origin is from the name of the river Günz, written in early Latin documents as Guntia
, which was probably of Celtic origin, and Old High German burg
meaning "Fortress, walled town".
GIORGAINA Greek (Archaic)
Andronymic meaning "wife of GEORGIOS
". This was used in early modern Greece, at which time a married woman's surname was formed from her husband's given name and the suffix -αινα (-aina)
From a form of the Mongolian title khan
meaning "king, ruler". This was the name of the dynasty that ruled Crimea from 1427 to 1783.
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.
Derived from Polish word głownia
which means "blade".
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.
GOETTEMS German, Brazilian
Brazilian adaptation of the German surname Goedems; altered for easier comprehension by the Portuguese-speaking population of Brazil. All members of the Goettems family in Brazil are descendants of Johann Goedems, born in Oberlöstern, Saarland, on September 17, 1798.
Originally denoted a person who came from an place called Götzing
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.
From the English word golden
which is the yellow color.
Scottish: habitational name from Goldring in the bailiary of Kylestewart.