Submitted Surnames Starting with G

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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]
GELSO Italian
Means MULBERRY in Italian
GELSOMINO Italian
From the Italian word gelsomino, meaning "jasmine"
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."
GEORGESCU Romanian
Means "son of GEORGE".
GEORGIA English
From the given name GEORGIA.
GEORGIEVA Bulgarian
Feminine form of GEORGIEV.
GEORGIYEV Russian
Means "son of GEORGIY".
GEORGOPOULOS Greek
Patronymic form of GEORGIOS.
GERAHTY Irish
Anglicised form of the Gaelic Mag Oireachtaigh, meaning "son of Oireachtach", which in turn means "member of the assembly".
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.
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).
GERRY English
Diminutive of names containing ger, meaning "spear".
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’.
GERTZ German
Patronymic from a Germanic personal name meaning "hardy", "brave", "strong."
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]
GFELLER German
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.
GHALEB Arabic
From the given name GHALIB.
GHANNOUCHI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Meaning unknown. A notable bearer is MOHAMED Ghannouchi (1941–), the former Prime Minister of Tunisia.
GHARAGOZLOU Persian
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.
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]
GHASSEMI Persian
Alternate transcription of GHASEMI.
GHAZARIAN Armenian (Expatriate)
Variant of GHAZARYAN used by Armenians living outside Armenia.
GHAZARYAN Armenian
Means "son of LAZAR".
GHEATA Romanian
Means "ice."
GHEZZI Italian
Patronymic or plural form of a nickname from Old Italian ghezzo ‘dark’
GHIRSCI Maltese
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".
GHOLAMI Persian
From the given name GHOLAM.
GHORBANI Persian
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".
GHOSHAL Indian, Bengali
Possibly derived from the surname GHOSH.
GIACCHINO Italian
Meaning unknown. A famous bearer of this name is an American music composer films known as Michael Giacchino (1967-).
GIANFRANCESCO Italian
From a compound personal name composed of GIANNI + FRANCESCO.
GIARRATANA Italian
Sicilian habitational name from a place so named in Ragusa.
GIBBON English
English from the medieval personal name GIBBON, a pet form of GIBB.
GIBBONS English
Patronymic formed from a diminutive of GIB.
GIDLOW English
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.
GIEDRAITIS Lithuanian
This indicates familial origin within the town of Giedraičiai.
GIEL Medieval English
From a medieval personal name of which the original form was Latin Aegidius, from Greek aigidion ‘kid’, ‘young goat’. Compare English GILES.... [more]
GIERC English, Polish
Pronounciation: Rhymes with "pierce." Hard "g" (as in "goat"). ... [more]
GIERLACHOWSKI Polish
This indicates familial origin within the Lesser Polish village of Gierlachów.
GIERSCH German
German from the female personal name Gerusch or Gerisch, pet forms of GERTRUD (see TRUDE), with the Slavic suffix -usch or -isch.
GIESBRECHT Dutch
A variant of the given name GISELBERT, which in turn is related to GILBERT... [more]
GIESINGER German
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 English
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."
GIGLIO Italian
From the personal name Giglio, from giglio "lily" (from Latin lilium), a plant considered to symbolize the qualities of candor and purity.
GIL Spanish
From the given name Gil (1).
GIL Hebrew (Modern)
From the given name Gil (3), means "joy, happiness" in Hebrew.
GILBERTSON English
Means "son of GILBERT".
GILBY English
Means either (i) "person from Gilby", Lincolnshire ("Gilli's farm"); or (ii) "little GILBERT".
GILCA Romanian, Italian
Meaning unknown.
GILDNER Jewish
Occupational name for a worker in gold, from Yiddish gildner 'golden'.
GILFORD English
English or Welsh.
GILIO Italian
Tuscany. One variation of the surname Giglio meaning ""lily"". ... [more]
GILKESON English, Scottish
From the Scottish Gilchristson(son of GILCHRIST) meaning "son of the servant/devotee of Christ"
GILL English
Topographic name for someone who lived by a ravine or deep glen, Middle English gil(l), Old Norse gil "ravine"
GILLARD English
English from a pejorative derivative of the personal name GILES.
GILLARD English, 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]
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]
GILLETTE English, French
English: from a feminine form of Gillett.... [more]
GILLIARD English, Northern Irish
English and northern Irish (county Down) variant of GILLARD.
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 ‘army’.
GILLIBRAND English
From the Norman personal name Gillebrand, of Germanic origin and meaning literally "hostage-sword".
GILLIES Scottish
Scottish variant of GILLIS or MCGILLIS.
GILLIS Scottish
Scottish reduced form of Gaelic Mac Gille Iosa ‘son of the servant of JESUS’... [more]
GILLIS Dutch
Dutch form of GILES.
GILMORE English, Irish
Gilmore is a surname with several origins and meanings:... [more]
GILPIN English, Irish, Northern Irish
English: in the northeast, from the Gilpin river in Cumbria; in southern counties, probably a variant of GALPIN. ... [more]
GILROY Scottish Gaelic, Irish, Scottish
"Red servant" in Gaelic.
GILSENAN Irish
From a follower of Saint Senán mac Geirrcinn
GILSTRAP English (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]
GILVERTOS Greek
From the given name GILVERTOS.
GIMPEL German, Jewish
German: from a pet form of the personal name Gumprecht (see GOMBERT)... [more]
GINDT German, Alsatian
From the Germanic personal name GUNDO, from gund meaning "war", "battle".
GINEBRA Spanish
From the Spanish word ginebra, meaning "gin," possibly ultimately from the Latin iuniperus, meaning "juniper."
GINEL Catalan
My Great Grandfather's name was Jose Maria Ginel
GINGELL English
Either (i) from a shortened form of the Germanic personal name GANGULF, literally "walking wolf"; or (ii) a different form of GINGOLD.
GINGOLD Jewish
An invented Jewish name, from Yiddish, literally "fine gold". Hermione Gingold (1897-1987) was a British actress.
GINSBERG Jewish
Ornamental varient of GINSBURG
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".
GIOÈ Italian
This is a short form of given name GIOELE used as surname.
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)... [more]
GIRAUD French
from a vernacular form of GÉRALD (see GERALD).
GIRAY Turkish
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.
GIRLING English
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".
GIRONDA Italian
Possibly from a variant of Italian ghironda ‘barrel-organ’.
GIROUD French
Variant of GIRAUD.... [more]
GISH German
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.
GITELMAN Jewish
Eastern Ashkenazic variant of Gittelman.
GITSBA Abkhaz
Abkhaz name of unknown meaning.
GITTINGS Welsh
From the Welsh personal name Gutyn, Guto, a pet form of GRUFFYDD, with the redundant addition of English patronymic -s.
GITTINGS Welsh
Possibly a patronymic from a byname from Welsh cethin "dusky", "swarthy".
GIUDICE Italian
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.
GIUNTOLI Italian
Comes from a derivative of Giunta.
GIZZATULLIN Bashkir
From the given name Izzatullah.
GJESSING Norwegian, Danish (Rare)
Used in Norway and Denmark since the 1600s. Probably of German origin.
GLAD Swedish
Swedish soldier name meaning "happy". ... [more]
GLAD English
From a short form of the various Old English personal names with a first element glæd "shining, joyful". Compare GLADWIN.
GLAD English, Scandinavian
Nickname for a cheerful person, from Middle English, Scandinavian glad "merry, jolly".
GLADNEY English
Probably means "bright island", from the Old English element glæd "bright" (cf. GLÆDWINE) and the English element ney "island" (cf.... [more]
GLADSTONE Scottish
Habitational name from a place near Biggar in Lanarkshire, apparently named from Old English gleoda meaning "kite" + stān meaning "stone".
GLAESSEL German (Anglicized)
Anglicized spelling of German Gläßel.
GLANDT German
Nickname from Middle High Geman glander meaning "gleam", "sparkle", "shine", for someone with such a temperament.
GLAROS Greek
Shiny eyes .
GLAS Welsh
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.
GLEASON Ancient Irish (Anglicized)
Irish (Munster): reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Glasáin, from a diminutive of glas ‘green’, ‘blue’, ‘gray’.
GLEAVE English
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").
GLEBOV Russian
Means "son of GLEB".
GLENDENNING Scottish
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".
GLENDON Scottish, English
From the first name, which means "from the dark glen" in Scottish Gaelic.
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.
GLOCK German
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.
GLØERSEN Norwegian (Rare)
Means ”son of GLØER”.
GLOWCZENSKI American
This is my surname. My cousin Steve Glowzenski, had the C dropped along the way somewhere, probably the military.
GŁOWNIA Polish
Derived from Polish word głownia which means "blade".
GLUHAK Croatian
Derived from gluh, meaning "deaf".
GLUHEK Croatian
Derived from gluh, meaning "deaf".
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.
GO Korean
Variant romanization of KO.
GOAN Northern Irish
Northern Irish form of GOWAN.
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.
GOBLE English
From “Gobble”, meaning “to gorge, to guzzle”
GODA Hungarian
From the old Hungarian secular personal name Goda, probably from a short form of GODIMIR, Godislav, or some other Slavic name.
GODA Japanese (Rare)
Go ("Connected to") + Da ("Rice Paddy"). This is mostly on Shikoku Island.
GODEK Polish
Variant of GONDEK.
GÖDEL German
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’.
GODIN English
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.
GODÍNEZ Spanish
Patronymic from the personal name Godino.
GODWIN English
Derived from the first name GODWINE.
GODWINSON English
Means "Son of GODWIN". First born by Harold Godwinson. From his father Godwine, Earl of Wessex... [more]
GOE Korean
Varient of KO.
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. Gode can mean either "good", "God" or "a Goth".
GOEL Indian
Indian (northern states): Hindu (Bania) and Jain name of unknown origin, based on the name of a clan in the Agarwal Bania community.
GOEMAN German
Patronym from a Germanic name: good or god + man.
GOERTZE German
Probably a variant of Göretz, a reduced form of GERHARDS (see GERHARDT), or a variant of Goertz.
GOERTZEN German
German: probably a variant of Göretz, a reduced form of Gerhards (see GERHARDT), or a variant of Goertz.
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.
GOETTNER German (East Prussian, Anglicized)
Rare German surname originating in East Prussia. Has a root in Gott, meaning "God."
GOETZINGER German
Originally denoted a person who came from an place called Götzing, Götzingen or Goetzingen.... [more]
GOFIGAN Chamorro
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.
GOGOI Indian, Assamese
Assamese name of unknown meaning.
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.
GOGULA Indian, Telugu
Possibly from Telugu గోగు (gōgu) "hemp plant".
GOJKOVIĆ Serbian
Serbian patronymic surname, derived from the masculine given name GOJKO.
GÖKÇE Turkish
Means "celestial, heavenly, sky" in Turkish.
GOLA Italian
Topographic name from gola "mountain hollow, cavity".
GOLAB Polish
Nickname for a mild-mannered or peace-loving man, from Polish golab "dove".
GOLAN Jewish
Israeli ornamental name from the Golan Heights in Israel.
GOŁAŃCZ Polish
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.
GOLD Jewish
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.
GOLD English
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.
GOLDBERG German, Jewish, Danish
From German gold 'gold' and -berg, meaning 'gold-mountain'.
GOLDEN English
From the English word golden which is the yellow color.
GOLDMAN German, Jewish
Possibly meaning goldsmith in German, from Gold and Mann.... [more]
GOLDRING German, English, Jewish
This surname was probably given to someone who wore a gold ring.
GOLDRING Scottish
Scottish: habitational name from Goldring in the bailiary of Kylestewart.
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