Submitted Surnames Starting with G
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Nickname for an irritable or irascible person, from Middle High German, Middle Low German grellen
"to be angry".
Habitational name from a place named Grelle.
Nickname for an irritable, irascible person, from Middle High German, Middle Low German grellen
"to be angry".
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.
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]
GRIFFIN Irish (Anglicized)
Anglicized (part translated) form of Gaelic Ó Gríobhtha
"descendant of Gríobhtha
", a personal name from gríobh
"gryphon" (Latin gryphus
, Greek gryps
, of Assyrian origin), hence a nickname for someone thought to resemble the mythical beast.
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.
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.
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.
A nickname for a strong, heavy man, or for a lout, from Middle High German g(e)rop
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]
Groot means "big" in Dutch and the surname was originally a nickname for a tall person.
French spelling, often found in Canada, of Groult, Grould, possibly reduced forms of Gréoul
, a personal name of Germanic origin, composed of the elements gred
"hunger" + wolf
Name from any of several places named Grove or Groven, which derive their name from Middle Low Germany grove
‘ditch’, ‘channel’. In some cases the name is a Dutch or Low German form of Grube
Name for someone who lived by a grove or thicket, Middle English grove
, Old English graf
Name for someone who lived in a depression or hollow, from Middle High German gruobe
"pit", "hollow". See also Gruber
Probably a Middle English metathesized form of the Old French personal name Gondri
GRUNWALD German, German (Swiss), Jewish
German and Swiss German (Grünwald): habitational name from any of various places named Grün(e)wald, from Middle High German gruene ‘green’ + walt ‘wood’, ‘forest’. ... [more]
GRYLLS English (Rare)
There was an old and distinguished family of Grylls of Tavistock (Devon) and Lanreath (Cornwall) in the 17th century; two high sheriffs of the county then bore the name. The manor of Gryils (commonly mispronounced Garles), near the rocks called the Gryils or Garles, from which they probably derive their name, is in the parish of Lesneweth in that county.
habitational name for someone from Grzegorzowice or Grzegorzewice, both named with the personal name Grzegorz
, Latin Gregorius
GU Korean (Anglicized)
A Korean surname, meaning "tool, device, utensil". Derived from the Chinese surname 具, (Jù)
It came from Italian word guadagno
which means "earnings" and has a diminutive suffix ino
which is also an occupation suffix.
Spanish: unexplained. Perhaps a habitational name from a place so named in Estremadura. This name is common in Argentina, Chile, and Mexico. ... [more]
GUÀRDIA Catalan, Spanish, Italian
Catalan, Spanish, and Italian from Catalan guàrdia
, Spanish and Italian guardia
‘guard’, ‘watch’, a topographic name for someone who lived by a watch place, an occupational name for a member of the town guard, or a habitational name from any of the numerous places named (La) Guardia.
Habitational name from any of the numerous places named Guardiola, from guardiola, a diminutive of guàrdia meaning "guard".
from Middle English gojon, gogen, Old French gougon ‘gudgeon’ (the fish) (Latin gobio, genitive gobionis), applied as a nickname or perhaps as a metonymic occupational name for a seller of these fish... [more]
German: from a Germanic personal name composed of gund
‘battle’ + hari
Nickname for a stranger or newcomer to a community, from Middle English g(h)est meaning "guest", "visitor" (from Old Norse gestr, absorbing the cognate Old English giest).
GUIDRY French (Cajun)
From a personal name based on the Germanic root waido ‘hunt’. The name is particularly associated with Cajuns in LA, who seem all to be descended from Claude Guédry
dit Grivois, who arrived in Acadia before 1671.... [more]
Derived from Azerbaijani gül
meaning "rose" or "flower"; ultimately from Persian.
Comes from Guillemme or William of Normandy. Reference 1066: The Battle of Hastings.
From the Middle English personal name Gullake
, a descendant of Old English Gūthlāc
, literally "battle-sport".
From a medieval nickname for a greedy person (from Old French goulafre
"glutton"). Jonathan Swift used it in his satire 'Gulliver's Travels' (1726), about the shipwrecked ship's surgeon Lemuel Gulliver, whose adventures "offer opportunities for a wide-ranging and often savage lampooning of human stupidity and vice."
It comes from "Kül Tigin" (? - 575 AD) who was a general of the Second Turkic Kaganate (Göktürks' khaganate). He was a second son of Ilterish Shad and the younger brother of Bilge Kagan.
From a nickname or byname from Middle English gome
, Old English guma
Occupational name or nickname from Middle High German gumpen, gumpeln ‘to clown’. from a short form of a Germanic personal name formed with gund ‘battle’, ‘war’. Compare Gombert
From Sanskrit गुण (guṇá)
meaning "talent, virtue, quality" combined with शेखर (śekhara)
meaning "crown, crest" or "peak, summit".
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 eponymous neighborhoods: the one in the parish of Costantín, Baralla or the one in the parish of A Ponte Ulla, Vedra.
, an Old French personal name introduced to Britain by the Normans, composed of the Germanic elements gund
"battle" and rīc
the Turkish word for the Sun. Ultimately derived from Old Turkic küneş
This ancient Scottish surname is of Norweigan origin derived from the Old Norse personal name Gunnr
. This surname, in most cases originated in Caithness, Scotland's most northerly county.
GUNZENHAUSER German, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from either of two places named Gunzenhausen, one in Württemberg and the other in Bavaria.
English habitational name from a place in Wootton Fitzpaine, Dorset, Gupehegh in Middle English. This is named with the Old English personal name Guppa
(a short form of Guðbeorht
"battle bright") + (ge)hæg
Occupational name from Ukrainian guralnyk
, Yiddish guralnik
GURSULTUR Jewish (Latinized), Kurdish, Hebrew
This name is a composition of the following words: GUR; Hebrew for "lion cub", SUL; which is an abbreviation of Suleman (Kurdish for king Solomon), TUR; this word is derived from the Arba'ah Turim. The Arbaáh Turim are often called simply the Tur, which is an important Halakhic code.... [more]
Means "strong willed" in Japanese. From the Japanese words 具 (means), 志 (will), and 堅 (resolute). This surname is of Okinawan origin.
German: from a short form of the personal name Jodocus
, which is either a Latinized form of a Breton name, Iodoc
, borne by a 7th-century Breton saint (compare Jost
) or from a reduced form of the personal name Augustus
GUTHRIE Scottish, Irish, German
Scottish: habitational name from a place near Forfar, named in Gaelic with gaothair
‘windy place’ (a derivative of gaoth
‘wind’) + the locative suffix -ach
. Possibly an Anglicized form of Scottish Gaelic Mag Uchtre
‘son of Uchtre
’, a personal name of uncertain origin, perhaps akin to uchtlach
GUTTENBERG German, Jewish
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): habitational name from any of various places, for example in Bavaria, called Guttenberg, from the weak dative case (originally used after a preposition and article) of Old High German guot ‘good’ + berg ‘mountain’, ‘hill’... [more]
Of uncertain origin. Probably from a Germanic personal name formed with god
"good" or god
From the noun güven
meaning "trust, confidence", perhaps designating a trustworthy character, or alternatively one who trusts in others readily.
Occupational name for a guide, Old French gui
(a derivative of gui(d)er
"to guide", of Germanic origin).
GUY English, French
From a French form of the Germanic personal name Wido
, which is of uncertain origin. This name was popular among the Normans in the forms Wi
as well as in the rest of France in the form Guy
Welsh. Derivitive of Gwynn. Modified in the 19th century when the family came to the United States.
As far as known, Guzi means 'friend' but as far as other meanings go, it is unknown. Due to its origin, the last name has two factions of distant family that pronounce it differently- One as "Guh-Zee" as the more uncommon pronunciation that actually follows the origin, and "Goo-Zee" as it is commonly pronounced in English.
Originally referred to an inhabitant of the village of Guzmán in Burgos, Spain, itself possibly of Gothic origin.
Nickname for someone noted for his cheerful whistling, from a derivative of gwizdac