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Sicilian habitational name from a place so named in Ragusa.
English from the medieval personal name Gibbon, a pet form of Gibb.
GIBBONSMedieval English
Early medieval English origin, a patronymic form of Gibbon, which is a diminutive of Gibb, a pet form of the given name Gilbert. Gilbert derives from Gislebert, a Norman personal name composed of the Germanic elements gisil, "hostage", "noble youth", and berht, "bright", "famous".
This indicates familial origin within the town of Giedraičiai.
GIELMedieval English
From a medieval personal name of which the original form was Latin Aegidius, from Greek aigidion ‘kid’, ‘young goat’. Compare English Giles.... [more]
GIERCEnglish, Polish
Pronounciation: Rhymes with "pierce." Hard "g" (as in "goat"). ... [more]
This indicates familial origin within the Lesser Polish village of Gierlachów.
German from the female personal name Gerusch or Gerisch, pet forms of Gertrud (see Trude), with the Slavic suffix -usch or -isch.
A variant of the given name GISELBERT, which in turn is related to GILBERT. Possibly used in reference to Gjisbrecht IV van Amstel, a 13th century Dutch noble. It means "bright heir", derived from the Germanic elements gisil "heir, hostage" and beraht "bright".
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.
From the given name Gil (1).
GILHebrew (Modern)
From the given name Gil (3), means "joy, happiness" in Hebrew.
Means "son of Gilbert".
Means either (i) "person from Gilby", Lincolnshire ("Gilli's farm"); or (ii) "little Gilbert".
GILCARomanian, Italian
Meaning unknown.
English or Welsh.
Tuscany. One variation of the surname Giglio meaning ""lily"". ... [more]
GILKESONEnglish, Scottish
From the Scottish Gilchristson(son of Gilchrist) meaning "son of the servant/devotee of Christ"
Topographic name for someone who lived by a ravine or deep glen, Middle English gil(l), Old Norse gil "ravine"
English from a pejorative derivative of the personal name Giles.
GILLARDEnglish, French, Swiss
English and French from an assimilated form of the personal name Gislehard, a compound of Old High German gisel ‘hostage’, ‘pledge’, ‘noble youth’ (see Giesel) + hard ‘hardy’... [more]
GILLESPIEScottish, 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]
GILLETTEEnglish, French
English: from a feminine form of Gillett.... [more]
GILLIARDEnglish, Northern Irish
English and northern Irish (county Down) variant of Gillard.
GILLIARDFrench, 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 ‘army’.
From the Norman personal name Gillebrand, of Germanic origin and meaning literally "hostage-sword".
Scottish variant of Gillis or McGillis.
Scottish reduced form of Gaelic Mac Gille Iosa ‘son of the servant of Jesus’. Compare McLeish. The usual spelling in Scotland is Gillies.
Dutch form of Giles.
GILMOREEnglish, Irish
Gilmore is a surname with several origins and meanings:... [more]
GILPINEnglish, Irish, Northern Irish
English: in the northeast, from the Gilpin river in Cumbria; in southern counties, probably a variant of Galpin. ... [more]
GILROYScottish Gaelic, Irish, Scottish
"Red servant" in Gaelic.
GILSTRAPEnglish (British, Anglicized, Rare)
This is a place name acquired from once having lived at a place spelled Gill(s)thorp(e), Gilsthorp(e), Gill(s)throp(e) or Gil(s)throp(e) located in the Old Danelaw area of England.... [more]
GIMPELGerman, Jewish
German: from a pet form of the personal name Gumprecht (see Gombert). ... [more]
GINDTGerman, Alsatian
From the Germanic personal name Gundo, from gund meaning "war", "battle".
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.
This is a short form of given name GIOELE used as surname.
from a vernacular form of Gérald (see Gerald).
From a medieval nickname applied to a brave man (or, with heavy irony, to a cowardly one), from Old French cuer de lion "lion heart".
Possibly from a variant of Italian ghironda ‘barrel-organ’.
Variant of Giraud.... [more]
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.
Eastern Ashkenazic variant of Gittelman.
Abkhaz name of unknown meaning.
From the Welsh personal name Gutyn, Guto, a pet form of GRUFFYDD, with the redundant addition of English patronymic -s.
Possibly a patronymic from a byname from Welsh cethin "dusky", "swarthy".
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.
Comes from a derivative of Giunta.
GJESSINGNorwegian, Danish
Used in Norway and Denmark since the 1600s. Probably of German origin.
Swedish soldier name meaning "happy". ... [more]
From a short form of the various Old English personal names with a first element glæd "shining, joyful". Compare Gladwin.
GLADEnglish, Scandinavian
Nickname for a cheerful person, from Middle English, Scandinavian glad "merry, jolly".
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".
GLAESSELGerman (Anglicized)
Anglicized spelling of German Gläßel.
Nickname from Middle High Geman glander meaning "gleam", "sparkle", "shine", for someone with such a temperament.
Nickname meaning "gray, green, silver-haired".
GLASSIrish, 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 "sword").
Means "son of Gleb".
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".
GLISSENEnglish, 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 gluh, meaning "deaf".
Derived from gluh, meaning "deaf".
GLYNNWelsh, 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.
Variant romanization of Ko.
GOANNorthern Irish
Northern Irish form of Gowan.
GOBEREnglish, 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 the old Hungarian secular personal name Goda, probably from a short form of Godimir, Godislav, or some other Slavic name.
GODAJapanese (Rare)
Go ("Connected to") + Da ("Rice Paddy"). This is mostly on Shikoku Island.
Variant of GONDEK.
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.
Patronymic from the personal name Godino.
Derived from the first name Godwine.
Varient of Ko.
GOEBBELSGerman, 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.
Low German surname composed of the element gode and the diminutive suffix -ke. Gode 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.
Probably a variant of Göretz, a reduced form of Gerhards (see Gerhardt), or a variant of Goertz.
German: probably a variant of Göretz, a reduced form of Gerhards (see Gerhardt), or a variant of Goertz.
GOETTNERGerman (East Prussian, Anglicized)
Rare German surname originating in East Prussia. Has a root in Gott, meaning "God."
Chamorro for "very hot climate". Gof- is an amplifier which means very. Figan is a word for "hot", implying the climate
GOGNONFrench, 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.
GOGOIIndian, Assamese
Assamese name of unknown meaning.
GOGOLUkrainian, Polish, Jewish
Means "Common goldeneye (a type of duck)" in Ukrainian. Possibly a name for a fowler. A famous bearer was Nikolai Gogol.
GOGULAIndian, Telugu
Possibly from Telugu గోగు (gōgu) "hemp plant".
Means "celestial, heavenly, sky" in Turkish.
Topographic name from gola "mountain hollow, cavity".
Nickname for a mild-mannered or peace-loving man, from Polish golab "dove".
Israeli ornamental name from the Golan Heights in Israel.
It denotes that a family originated in the eponymous Greater Polish town.
GOLDEnglish, 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.
GOLDBERGGerman, Hebrew
German Jewish, meaning Gold Mountain.
GOLDBERGGerman, Jewish, Danish
From German gold 'gold' and -berg, meaning 'gold-mountain'.
From the English word golden which is the yellow color.
GOLDMANGerman, Jewish
Possibly meaning goldsmith in German, from Gold and Mann.... [more]
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 "stone".
Means "field of feast," from the Cornish gol-erewy.
GOLDWATERGerman (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.
Cognate of Golub.
Variant of GOLAB.
Ornamental name from Polish golab "dove" (from Latin columba "dove").
The Gol part has uncertain meaning, but Ton means "Town".
Means "pigeon".
This indicates familial origin within the Masovian village of Gołyń.
GOMBERTFrench, 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]
Portuguese form of Gonzalez
From the given name GODZISŁAW.
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.
Respelling of French Gagnon, found predominantly in New England, possibly also of Gagneau, from a diminutive of Gagne.
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 "nook, recess".
From Middle English gode "good" and ale "ale, malt liquor", hence a metonymic occupational name for a brewer or an innkeeper.
A name used from the middle ages around the Anglo-Saxon period. It is also the surname of basketball player Miela Goodchild (DOB Unknown).
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"
GOODKINDEnglish (Rare)
From the English words "good kind".
Nickname for a dutiful son, from Middle English gode ‘good’ + sone ‘son’.
GOODYMedieval English
From Middle English god dai ‘good day’, possibly applied as a nickname for someone who frequently used this greeting.... [more]
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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.
Variant transcription of Gorbachev.
Derived from the Spanish pet form of fat, "gordito"
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 and ham 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."
GORMLEYIrish (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.
Russian form of Gorski.
GÖSCHENGerman, North German
Patronymic from the German given name Gottschalk.
Derived from Polish adjective gościnny from word gość meaning 'guest'.
GOSHENJewish, Israeli
Variant of German Goschen.
1. variant of Joslin - see Jocelyn, Jocelyn. ... [more]
GOSWAMIIndian, Bengali, Hindi, Assamese, Marathi
Hindu surname derived from Sanskrit गो (go) meaning "cow, ox" or "earth" combined with स्वामी (svāmī) meaning "master, lord".
English: habitational name from Gotham in Nottinghamshire, so named from Old English gat ‘goat’ + ham ‘homestead’ or hamm ‘water meadow’.
Yiddish form of Gottlieb.
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 clan... [more]
The same as Goto.
Nickname for a red-haired person, from Welsh coch "red".
Reduced form of McGough.
GOULDINGEnglish, Anglo-Saxon
From the late Old English personal name Golding.
Breton combination of gour and kuñv 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 Gourmaud
GOUWELEEUWDutch (Rare, Archaic)
Surname from the Netherlands meaning 'Golden Lion'
The meaning of the word is made up of two parts i.e. Go and vani ... [more]
Occupational name from Gaelic gobha "smith".
Reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Gobhann ‘descendant of the smith’.
GOYAJapanese (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]
Variant of Goel.
A filipino surname from the Spanish word "gozar," meaning "to enjoy."
proper noun: Count
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.
Habitational name from Grafenstein near Wohlau, Silesia.
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).
From grab "hornbeam" or grabarz "gravedigger".
From the given name Grace
Habitational name from the lands of Graden in Berwickshire.
Feminine for Gradowski, this surname is only used by females.
Habitational name for someone from a place called Gradowo in Włocławek voivodeship.
From the Gaelic Gráda meaning "noble."
GRAEFDutch, German
Name used to denote the chairman of a town council. Compare Graf.
GRAFJewish, Yiddish
Ornamental name selected, like Herzog and other words denoting titles, because of their aristocratic connotations.
GRAFGerman, German (Swiss)
Status name from Middle High German grave, grabe, 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).
Variant of GRAHN.
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).
It means bread baker.
Granata is an Italian word for a shade of red (maroon), and the Latin name of the city of Granada.
Swedish soldier name meaning "grenade". ... [more]
Occupational name for a jeweler or lapidary, from granato "garnet".
GRANDESpanish, Italian, Portuguese
Nickname for someone of large stature, from grande "tall, large".
GRANGEEnglish, French
English and French topographic name for someone who lived by a granary, from Middle English, Old French grange (Latin granica ‘granary’, ‘barn’, from granum ‘grain’)... [more]
Short form of GRANOVSKY.... [more]
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Riojan municipality.
GRANOVJewish, Bosnian
Habitational name from Granov, Ukraine.... [more]
From the town of Granov, Ukraine (cf. GRANOV).
Combination of Swedish gran "spruce" and kvist "twig, branch".
GRANTEnglish, Scottish
From a medieval personal name, probably a survival into Middle English of the Old English byname Granta (see Grantham).
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]
GRAPELow German
Metonymic occupational name for a maker of metal or earthenware vessels, from Middle Low German grope "pot".
Means "fat" in french.
GRASSEnglish, 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.
GRAUGerman, Jewish
Nickname for someone with gray hair or a gray beard, from German grau "gray".
Derived from the word grauds meaning "grain".
Habitational name from a place so named near Hannover.
Variant of Grau.
Occupational name from Middle English greyve "steward", from Old Norse greifi or Low German greve
Topographic name, a variant of Grove.
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.
meaning, "great hunter"
GRAVESEnglish, French, German
Derives from someone who had an occupation as a grave digger or a caretaker for a graveyard.
GRAVESFrench, English
Topographic name from the plural of Old French grave "gravel"
GRAVESEnglish, French
English: patronymic from Grave.
GRAWERTLow 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]
Variation of Graden.
GRAYLINGEnglish (British)
Uncommon surname of unclear origin; possible medieval locational name, or a derivative of the French surname Grail or the diminutive Graillon.... [more]
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