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GIRAUD     French
from a vernacular form of Gérald (see Gerald).
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.
GITTENS     Welsh
Variant of GITTINGS.
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.
GJESSING     Norwegian, Danish
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" 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.
GLAS     Welsh
Nickname meaning "gray, green, silver-haired".
GLASNAK     Slovak
slovak
GLASS     Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of the epithet glas "gray, green, blue" or any of various Gaelic surnames derived from it.
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" in Russian.
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".
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.
GLUD     Danish
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 spelling 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.
GODA     Hungarian
From the old Hungarian secular personal name Goda, probably from a short form of Godimir, Godislav, or some other Slavic name.
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.
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.
GOETTNER     German (East Prussian, Anglicized)
Rare German surname originating in East Prussia. Has a root in Gott, meaning "God."
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".
GÖKÇE     Turkish
Gökçe means "azure" or "heavenly" 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.
GOLDBERG     German, Hebrew
German Jewish, meaning Gold Mountain.
GOLDBERG     German, Jewish, Danish
From German gold 'gold' and -berg, meaning 'gold-mountain'.
GOLDMAN     German, Jewish
Possibly meaning goldsmith in German, from Gold and Mann.... [more]
GOLDSMITH     English
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.
GOLDSTEIN     Jewish
Ornamental name composed of German Gold "gold" and Stein "stone".
GOLDSWORTHY     Cornish
Means "field of feast," from the Cornish gol-erewy.
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.
GOLOB     Slovene
Cognate of Golub.
GOLOMB     Polish
Variant of GOLAB.
GOLOMB     Jewish
Ornamental name from Polish golab "dove" (from Latin columba "dove").
GOLUB     Croatian
Means "pigeon".
GOLUBIĆ     Croatian, Serbian
Derived from Golub.
GOŁYŃSKI     Polish
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]
GONÇALVES     Portuguese
Portuguese form of Gonzalez
GONDEK     Polish
From the given name GODZISŁAW.
GONELLA     Italian
Means "short skirt," in Italian, as in a piece of armor.
GONGORA     Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of Aranguren in the Navarrese comarca of Iruñerria.
GOÑI     Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Navarrese municipality.
GONYEAU     French
Respelling of French Gagnon, found predominantly in New England, possibly also of Gagneau, from a diminutive of Gagne.
GONZAGA     Filipino
Came from a rich village of the Philippines was adapted during the Spanish Colony
GONZE     French
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]
GOOD     English
Nickname from Middle English gode "good" (Old English gōd).
GOODALL     English
Habitational name from Gowdall in East Yorkshire, named from Old English golde "marigold" and Old English halh "nook, recess".
GOODALL     English
From Middle English gode "good" and ale "ale, malt liquor", hence a metonymic occupational name for a brewer or an innkeeper.
GOODENOUGH     English
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".
GOODFELLOW     English
Generally explained as a nickname meaning 'good fellow' or 'good companion'.
GOODING     English
The name Gooding comes from the baptismal name for "the son of Godwin"
GOODMAN     English
A combination of the words "good" and "man". A nickname given to a kind man.
GOODSON     English
Nickname for a dutiful son, from Middle English gode ‘good’ + sone ‘son’.
GOODY     Medieval English
From Middle English god dai ‘good day’, possibly applied as a nickname for someone who frequently used this greeting.... [more]
GOOS     German
See: http://www.houseofnames.com/goos-family-crest... [more]
GOPAL     Indian, Hindi, Odia, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, Malayalam, Punjabi
From the given name Gopal.
GOPALAKRISHNAN     Indian, Tamil, Malayalam
Combination of Gopala and Krishna.
GÓRA     Polish
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
GORBACHEV     Russian
Derived from горбун (gorbun) meaning "hunchback". A famous bearer of this surname is Mikhail Gorbachev, a former General Secretary of the Soviet Union.
GORBACHYOV     Russian
Variant transcription of Gorbachev.
GORDILLO     Spanish
Derived from the Spanish pet form of fat, "gordito"
GOREN     Jewish
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.
GORGA     Italian
Topographic name from Sicilian gorga, Catalan gorg(a) ‘place where water collects’, ‘mill pond’, ‘gorge’.
GORHAM     English
A name originating from Kent, England believed to come from the elements gara and ham meaning "from a triangular shaped homestead." Compare Gore.
GÖRLITZ     German
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."
GORRITI     Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Navarrese locality.
GORRY     Irish, Scottish
Variant of MCGORRY.
GORSKY     Russian
Russian form of Gorski.
GÖSCHEN     German, North German
Patronymic from the German given name Gottschalk.
GOSCINNY     Polish
Derived from Polish adjective gościnny from word gość meaning 'guest'.
GOSHEN     Jewish, Israeli
Variant of German Goschen.
GOSLING     English
1. variant of Joslin - see Jocelyn, Jocelyn. ... [more]
GOSWAMI     Indian, Bengali (Hindu), Hindi, Assamese, Marathi
Hindu surname derived from Sanskrit गो (go) meaning "cow, ox" or "earth" combined with स्वामी (svāmī) meaning "master, lord".
GOTHAM     English
English: habitational name from Gotham in Nottinghamshire, so named from Old English gat ‘goat’ + ham ‘homestead’ or hamm ‘water meadow’.
GOTLIBE     Yiddish
Yiddish form of Gottlieb.
GOUGH     Welsh
Nickname for a red-haired person, from Welsh coch "red".
GOUGH     Irish
Reduced form of McGough.
GOULDING     English, Anglo-Saxon
From the late Old English personal name Golding.
GOURCUFF     Breton
Variant of Gourkuñv. ... [more]
GOURKUÑV     Breton
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.
GOUWELEEUW     Dutch (Rare, Archaic)
Surname from the Netherlands meaning 'Golden Lion'
GOVANI     Indian
The meaning of the word is made up of two parts i.e. Go and vani ... [more]
GOW     Scottish
Occupational name from Gaelic gobha "smith".
GOWAN     Irish
Reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Gobhann ‘descendant of the smith’.
GOYAL     Indian
Variant of Goel.
GOYCOECHEA     Basque (Castilianized)
Castilianized form of Goikoetxea.
GOYENECHE     Basque (Castilianized)
Castilianized form of Goienetxe.
GOYIM     Jewish
the men
GOZAR     Filipino
A filipino surname from the Spanish word "gozar," meaning "to enjoy."
GRAAF     Dutch
proper noun: Count
GRABAREK     Polish
Occupational name from a diminutive of grabarz ‘grave digger’.
GRĄBCZEWSKI     Polish
It indicates familial origin within the Masovian village of Grąbczewo.
GRABE     German
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.
GRABENSTEIN     German
Habitational name from Grafenstein near Wohlau, Silesia.
GRABLE     German
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).
GRABOWSKI     Polish
From grab "hornbeam" or grabarz "gravedigger".
GRACE     English
From the given name Grace
GRADEN     Scottish
Habitational name from the lands of Graden in Berwickshire.
GRADOWSKA     Polish
Feminine for Gradowski, this surname is only used by females.
GRADOWSKI     Polish
Habitational name for someone from a place called Gradowo in Włocławek voivodeship.
GRADY     Irish
From the Gaelic Gráda meaning "noble."
GRAEF     Dutch, German
Name used to denote the chairman of a town council. Compare Graf.
GRAF     German, Dutch
Variant spelling of Dutch Graef.
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, 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]
GRAFF     English
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).
GRANADO     Spanish
Nickname from Spanish granado "mature", "experienced", "distinguished".
GRANADO     Spanish
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).
GRANADOS     Spanish
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).
GRANAROLO     Italian
It means bread baker.
GRANATA     Italian
Granata is an Italian word for a shade of red (maroon), and the Latin name of the city of Granada.
GRANATH     Swedish
Swedish soldier name meaning "grenade". ... [more]
GRANATO     Italian
Occupational name for a jeweler or lapidary, from granato "garnet".
GRANDE     Spanish, Italian, Portuguese
Nickname for someone of large stature, from grande "tall, large".
GRANGE     English, 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]
GRANOFF     Jewish
Short form of GRANOVSKY.... [more]
GRAÑÓN     Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Riojan municipality.
GRANOV     Jewish, Bosnian
Habitational name from Granov, Ukraine.... [more]
GRANOVSKY     Jewish
From the town of Granov, Ukraine (cf. GRANOV).
GRANQVIST     Swedish
Combination of Swedish gran "spruce" and kvist "twig, branch".
GRANT     English, Scottish
From a medieval personal name, probably a survival into Middle English of the Old English byname Granta (see Grantham).
GRANTAIRE     Literature
This is the name of a minor character in Victor Hugo's novel 'Les Misérables' (1862), a follower of the revolutionary Enjolras.
GRANTHAM     English
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]
GRAP     Low German
Variant of Grape.
GRAPE     Low German
Metonymic occupational name for a maker of metal or earthenware vessels, from Middle Low German grope "pot".
GRAS     French
French last name.
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".
GRASS     Scottish
Occupational name, reduced from Gaelic greusaiche "shoemaker". A certain John Grasse alias Cordonar (Middle English cordewaner "shoemaker") is recorded in Scotland in 1539.
GRATL     English
GRATL
GRAU     German, Jewish
Nickname for someone with gray hair or a gray beard, from German grau "gray".
GRAUDIŅŠ     Latvian
Derived from the word grauds meaning "grain".
GRAUE     German
Habitational name from a place so named near Hannover.
GRAUE     German
Variant of Grau.
GRAVE     English
Occupational name from Middle English greyve "steward", from Old Norse greifi or Low German greve
GRAVE     English
Topographic name, a variant of Grove.
GRAVE     French
Topographic name for someone who lived on a patch of gravelly soil, from Old French grave "gravel" (of Celtic origin).
GRAVE     German
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.
GRAVENOR     Welsh
meaning, "great hunter"
GRAVES     English, French, German
Derives from someone who had an occupation as a grave digger or a caretaker for a graveyard.
GRAVES     French, English
Topographic name from the plural of Old French grave "gravel"
GRAVES     English, French
English: patronymic from Grave.
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]
GRAYDEN     Irish
Variation of Graden.
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]
GRAYSON     Scottish, Irish
Means "son of Gray".
GREBENSTEIN     German
Means "stone from the cliff or ridge" from German greben, (cliff or ridge) and stein (stone).... [more]
GRECKI     Polish
Polish form of Gretzky.
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).
GREEN     Swedish
Variant of Gren.
GREENALL     English
From Lincolnshire in England, meaning "green hill".
GREENBERGER     German, Jewish
Anglicized form of the German surname Grünberger, which is formed from the words grün "green", Berg "mountain", and the habitational suffix -er. This name indicated a person who lived on or near a forest-covered mountain.
GREENGRASS     English
Notable bearers include film director Paul Greengrass and baseball player Jim Greengrass.
GREENLAW     English
From one of two placenames, located near the Anglo-Scottish border. Named with Old English grēne, 'green' and halw, 'hill, mound'.
GREENLEAF     English
From Old English grēne "green" and lēaf "leaf", presumably applied as a nickname, the significance of which is now lost.
GREENLEE     English
habitational name from any of various minor places, for example in Staffordshire, so named from Old English grene ‘green’ + leah ‘woodland clearing’.
GREENWALD     American
Partly Americanized form of German and Jewish Grün(e)wald (see Grunwald). ... [more]
GREENWAY     English
Originally given to a person who lived near a grassy path, from Middle English grene "green" and weye "road, path" (cf. Way).... [more]
GREENWAY     Welsh
Derived from the given name Goronwy.
GREENWOOD     English
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.
GREGERSEN     Danish, Norwegian
Means "son of Gregers".
GREGORI     Italian
Patronymic or plural form of Gregorio.
GREGORIČ     Slovene
Means "son of Gregor".
GREGSON     English
Means "son of GREG"
GRELL     German
Nickname for an irritable or irascible person, from Middle High German, Middle Low German grellen "to be angry".
GRELL     German
Habitational name from a place named Grelle.
GRELL     German
Nickname for an irritable, irascible person, from Middle High German, Middle Low German grellen "to be angry".
GRELLE     German
Variant of Grell.
GREN     Swedish
Means "branch" in Swedish.
GRENIER     French
Occupational name for a grain merchant (from Latin granarius), or a topographic name for someone who lived by a granary (from Latin granarium) or a metonymic occupational name for someone who supervised or owned one.
GRETZKY     Russian, Belarusian
Originally derived from an old Russian word that meant "Greek", though in modern times, the word means "Greek nut" (walnut). A notable bearer is Wayne Gretzky, a former Canadian ice hockey player.
GREWE     German, Low German
Low German form of Graf via Middle Low German grave / greve.
GREYSON     English
Variant of GRAYSON
GRGIĆ     Croatian
Means "son of Grgur" in Croatian.
GRGURIĆ     Croatian
Means "son of Grgur".
GRIBBEN     Irish
This surname is of Old Gaelic origin, and is a variant of "Cribben", which itself is the Anglicized form of the Gaelic name "MacRoibin", meaning "son of (mac) Robin", a patronymic from the Anglo-Norman French given name "Robin"... [more]
GRIDLEY     English
Variant of Greeley.
GRIEGO     Spanish
Means "from Greece" in Spanish
GRIEZMANN     German (Rare)
This is the surname of French professional footballer Antoine Griezmann.
GRIFF     Welsh
Short form of Griffith.
GRIFFAN     English
Variant of Griffin.
GRIFFEN     English
Variant of Griffin.
GRIFFETH     Welsh
Altered spelling of Griffith.
GRIFFIN     Irish (Anglicized)
Anglicized (part translated) form of Gaelic Ó Gríobhtha "descendant of Gríobhtha", a personal name from gríobh "gryphon".
GRIFFITHS     Welsh
Patronymic from Griffith.
GRIFFO     Italian
From grifo "gryphon" (Latin gryphus, Greek gryps, of Assyrian origin), hence a nickname for someone thought to resemble the mythical beast.
GRIFFON     French
From a diminutive of Old French griffe "claw", hence a nickname for a grasping or vicious person, or perhaps for someone with a deformed or otherwise remarkable hand.
GRIGAHCINE     Arabic (Maghrebi, Rare)
Meaning unknown. A notable bearer is William Grigahcine (1986–), known by his stage name DJ Snake, an Algerian-French DJ and record producer.
GRIGGS     English
Means "son of Grigg", Grigg being a short form of Gregory.
GRIGORIAN     Armenian
Patronymic from the Armenian personal name Grigor.
GRIGORIEV     Russian
Variant transcription of GRIGORIYEV.
GRIGORIYEV     Russian
Means "son of GRIGORIY".
GRIGORYAN     Armenian
Means "son of Grigor".
GRIGORYEV     Russian, Ukrainian
Means "son of Grigoriy (see Gregory)".
GRILL     German
From a nickname for a cheerful person, from Middle High German grille "cricket" (Old High German grillo, from Late Latin grillus, Greek gryllos). The insect is widely supposed to be of a cheerful disposition, no doubt because of its habit of infesting hearths and warm places... [more]
GRIMES     English, Irish
The surname Grimes means 'son of Grimme'. It is also an anglicized version of the Irish surnames 'O Gormghaile', and 'O Goirmleadhaigh' from Ulster.... [more]
GRIMKÉ     English (American)
Meaning unknown. This was the surname of Sarah (1792-1873) and Angelina (1805-1879) Grimké, sisters who opposed slavery and supported women's rights.
GRIMM     Anglo-Saxon, English, German, Danish, Swedish (Rare), Norwegian (Rare)
Nickname for a dour and forbidding individual, from Old High German grim "stern, severe" or from the given name GRÍMR derived from Old Norse gríma "mask, helmet". The name had its greatest popularity in Germany but was almost equally popular in England, having been introduced there by the conquering Norman-French after the invasion of 1066... [more]
GRINFELDER     Croatian
Derived from German grün, "green", and feld, "field".
GRISHIN     Russian
Means "Son of Grisha, a diminutive of Grigori".
GRISSOM     Old Norman, Anglo-Saxon, French
Either from Old Norman griss meaning "keeper of pigs" or from French gris meaning "grey". The first known use of the name was Sir Thomas Gresham, the founder of the Royal Exchange and Gresham College.
GRISWOLD     English
meaning: from the gray forest.
GRĪVA     Latvian
Means "creek".
GROB     Jewish, Yiddish
From Yiddish grob. May also mean "fat".
GROB     German
A nickname for a strong, heavy man, or for a lout, from Middle High German g(e)rop "coarse".
GRODSKY     Polish, Jewish
Altered spelling of Polish Grodzki, a habitational name from Grodziec or Grodzie, places named with gród ‘castle’, ‘fortification’ (cognate with Russian grad). ... [more]
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