Submitted Surnames Starting with G

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GRAVEGerman
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.
GRAVENORWelsh
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]
GRAYDENIrish
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]
GRAYSONScottish, Irish
Means "son of Gray".
GREASBYEnglish
One who came from Greasby, a parish on the Wirral Peninsula, in Cheshire, now Merseyside.
GREBENSTEINGerman
Means "stone from the cliff or ridge" from German greben, (cliff or ridge) and stein (stone).... [more]
GRECKIPolish
Polish form of Gretzky.
GREELEYEnglish, 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).
GREENSwedish
Variant of Gren.
GREENALLEnglish
From Lincolnshire in England, meaning "green hill".
GREENBERGERGerman, 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.
GREENGRASSEnglish
Notable bearers include film director Paul Greengrass and baseball player Jim Greengrass.
GREENLAWEnglish
From one of two placenames, located near the Anglo-Scottish border. Named with Old English grēne, 'green' and halw, 'hill, mound'.
GREENLEAFEnglish
From Old English grēne "green" and lēaf "leaf", presumably applied as a nickname, the significance of which is now lost.
GREENLEEEnglish
habitational name from any of various minor places, for example in Staffordshire, so named from Old English grene ‘green’ + leah ‘woodland clearing’.
GREENWALDAmerican
Partly Americanized form of German and Jewish Grün(e)wald (see Grunwald). ... [more]
GREENWAYEnglish
Originally given to a person who lived near a grassy path, from Middle English grene "green" and weye "road, path" (cf. Way).... [more]
GREENWAYWelsh
Derived from the given name Goronwy.
GREENWOODEnglish
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.
GREGERSONEnglish
Means "son of Gregory/Greg"
GREGORIItalian
Patronymic or plural form of Gregorio.
GREGORIČSlovene
Means "son of Gregor".
GREGSONEnglish
Means "son of GREG"
GRELLGerman
Nickname for an irritable or irascible person, from Middle High German, Middle Low German grellen "to be angry".
GRELLGerman
Habitational name from a place named Grelle.
GRELLEGerman
Variant of Grell.
GRENSwedish
Means "branch" in Swedish.
GRENIERFrench
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.
GRETZKYRussian, 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.
GREWEGerman, Low German
Low German form of Graf via Middle Low German grave / greve.
GRGURIĆCroatian
Means "son of Grgur".
GRIBBENIrish
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]
GRIEGOSpanish
Means "from Greece" in Spanish
GRIEZMANNGerman (Rare)
This is the surname of French professional footballer Antoine Griezmann.
GRIFFWelsh
Short form of Griffith.
GRIFFETHWelsh
Altered spelling of Griffith.
GRIFFINIrish (Anglicized)
Anglicized (part translated) form of Gaelic Ó Gríobhtha "descendant of Gríobhtha", a personal name from gríobh "gryphon".
GRIFFOItalian
From grifo "gryphon" (Latin gryphus, Greek gryps, of Assyrian origin), hence a nickname for someone thought to resemble the mythical beast.
GRIFFONFrench
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.
GRIGAHCINEBerber (Rare, ?)
Meaning unknown, perhaps of Kabyle origin. A known bearer is DJ Snake, who was born William Grigahcine (1986-), an Algerian-French musician.
GRIGGSEnglish
Means "son of Grigg", Grigg being a short form of Gregory.
GRIGORIANArmenian (Expatriate)
Variant transcription of Grigoryan used by Armenians living outside of Armenia.
GRIGORIEVRussian
Variant transcription of GRIGORIYEV.
GRIGORYANArmenian
Means "son of Grigor". This is one of the most common surnames in Armenia.
GRIGORYEVRussian
Means "son of Grigoriy".
GRILLGerman
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]
GRIMESEnglish, 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]
GRIMKÉEnglish (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.
GRIMMEnglish, German, Danish, Swedish (Rare), Norwegian (Rare)
From a nickname for a stern and forbidding individual, derived from the Old High German word grim "stern, severe". Or possibly from the given name GRÍMR derived from Old Norse gríma "mask, helmet"... [more]
GRINFELDERCroatian
Derived from German grün, "green", and feld, "field".
GRISHINRussian
From the given name Grisha, a diminutive of Grigoriy.
GRISSOMOld 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.
GRISWOLDEnglish
meaning: from the gray forest.
GRĪVALatvian
Means "creek".
GROBJewish, Yiddish
From Yiddish grob. May also mean "fat".
GROBGerman
A nickname for a strong, heavy man, or for a lout, from Middle High German g(e)rop "coarse".
GRODSKYPolish, Jewish
Altered spelling of Polish Grodzki, a habitational name from Grodziec or Grodzie, places named with gród ‘castle’, ‘fortification’ (cognate with Russian grad). ... [more]
GROENDutch, Low German
Dutch nickname for someone who habitually dressed in green, from Middle Dutch groene ‘green’. ... [more]
GROHLGerman
Meaning uncertain, but likely a variant of Groll.
GROLLGerman
Derived from grollen, 'to be angry', often used as a nickname for an angry or sulky individual.
GROOTDutch
Groot means "big" in Dutch and the surname was originally a nickname for a tall person.
GROßKREUTZGerman
From German "groß" meaning big and "kreutz" meaning cross.
GROSSMANJewish
Jewish nickname for a large man.
GROULXFrench
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, wulf "wolf".
GROVEEnglish, American
Americanized spelling of the French surname Le Grou(x)or Le Greux (see Groulx)
GROVEGerman
Variation of Graf.
GROVEGerman
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.
GROVEEnglish
Name for someone who lived by a grove or thicket, Middle English grove, Old English graf.
GRUBEGerman
Name for someone who lived in a depression or hollow, from Middle High German gruobe "pit", "hollow". See also Gruber.
GRUBEGerman
From the personal name Grubo.
GRUFFUDDWelsh
Derived from the Welsh name Gruffudd
GRUNDYEnglish
Probably a Middle English metathesized form of the Old French personal name Gondri, Gundric (see Gundry).
GRUNWALDGerman, 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]
GRUSZKAPolish
Means "pear".
GRUZINSKYRussian, Georgian
From Russian, meaning "of Georgia".
GRYLLSEnglish (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.
GRZEGORCZYKPolish
from a pet form of the personal name Grzegorz
GRZEGORZEWSKIPolish
habitational name for someone from Grzegorzowice or Grzegorzewice, both named with the personal name Grzegorz, Latin Gregorius
GRZYBCzech, Polish
means "mushroom" in polish
GSCHWENDTNERGerman (Austrian)
From the German word "schwenden", which means "swidden agriculture" in English
GUKorean (Anglicized)
A Korean surname, meaning "tool, device, utensil". Derived from the Chinese surname 具, (Jù)
GUADAGNINOItalian
It came from Italian word guadagno which means "earnings" and has a diminutive suffix ino which is also an occupation suffix.
GUAJARDOSpanish
Spanish: unexplained. Perhaps a habitational name from a place so named in Estremadura. This name is common in Argentina, Chile, and Mexico. ... [more]
GUÀRDIACatalan, 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.
GUARDIOLACatalan
Habitational name from any of the numerous places named Guardiola, from guardiola, a diminutive of guàrdia meaning "guard".
GUBLERGerman (Swiss)
Means "Of the Mountains"... [more]
GUCCIARDOItalian
From the personal name Gucciardo, a revival of French Guichard, of Germanic origin, probably composed of the elements wig 'battle' or wisa 'experience' + hard 'strong', 'brave', 'hardy'.
GUDAITISLithuanian
Ethnic name from gudas meaning "Belorussian".
GUDGEONEnglish
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]
GUENTHERGerman
German: from a Germanic personal name composed of gund ‘battle’ + hari, heri ‘army’.
GUERRERCatalan
It literally means "warrior".
GUESTEnglish
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).
GUEVARABasque (Hispanicized)
Castilianized form of the Basque surname Gebara.... [more]
GUEVERASpanish
means "protector"
GUIDETTIItalian
Derived from the given name GUIDO.
GUIDRYFrench (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]
GUILLAUMEFrench
Derived from the French personal name Guillaume.
GUILLIOTFrench
From a pet form of the personal name Guille, itself a short form of Guillaume.
GUILLOUFrench, Breton
Possibly derived from the given name Guillaume.
GUIMARÃESPortuguese
from any of various places called Guimarães
GUINTOFilipino, Tagalog
Derived from Tagalog ginto meaning "gold".
GUIONFrench
French: from the Germanic personal name Wido (see Guy).
GUIRALDOFilipino
From the visayan province of Samar
GUIVARC'HBreton
Guivarc'h means 'swift stallion' in the Breton language.
GULBISLatvian
Means "swan".
GÜLIYEVAzerbaijani
Derived from Azerbaijani gül meaning "rose" or "flower"; ultimately from Persian.
GULIYEVAzerbaijani
Variant transcription of Güliyev.
GULLETTEFrench
Comes from Guillemme or William of Normandy. Reference 1066: The Battle of Hastings.
GULLICKEnglish
From the Middle English personal name Gullake, a descendant of Old English Gūthlāc, literally "battle-sport".
GULLIVEREnglish
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."
GULOTTAItalian
Italian: from the female personal name, a pet form of Gulla.
GULTEKINTurkish
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.
GUMA'TAOTAOChamorro
Chamorro for "house of the people"
GUMMEnglish
From a nickname or byname from Middle English gome, Old English guma "man".
GUMMESSONSwedish
Means "son of Gumme".
GUMPGerman
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.
GUNASEKERASinhalese
From Sanskrit गुण (guṇá) meaning "talent, virtue, quality" combined with शेखर (śekhara) meaning "crown, crest" or "peak, summit".
GUNDIÁNGalician
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.
GUNDRYEnglish
From Gondri, Gundric, an Old French personal name introduced to Britain by the Normans, composed of the Germanic elements gund "battle" and rīc "power(ful)".
GÜNDÜZTurkish
Means "daytime, day" in Turkish.
GÜNEŞTurkish
Means "sun" or "sunny" in Turkish.
GÜNEYTurkish
Means "south, southern" in Turkish.
GUNNScottish
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.
GUNZENHAUSERGerman, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from either of two places named Gunzenhausen, one in Württemberg and the other in Bavaria.
GUPPYEnglish
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 "enclosure"... [more]
GURAKUQIAlbanian
Meaning unknown.
GURALNICKJewish
Occupational name from Ukrainian guralnyk, Yiddish guralnik "distiller".
GÜRBÜZTurkish
Means "robust, healthy" in Turkish.
GURELTurkish
Dynamism is the meaning of the name.
GURGENIDZEGeorgian
Means "son of Gurgen".
GURRYIrish
Variant of GORRY.
GURSULTURJewish (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]
GUSHIKENJapanese
Means "strong willed" in Japanese. From the Japanese words 具 (means), 志 (will), and 堅 (resolute). This surname is of Okinawan origin.
GUSMÃOPortuguese
Portuguese cognate of Guzmán.
GUSTGerman
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 and Joyce) or from a reduced form of the personal name Augustus.... [more]
GUTABosnian
Possibly a mispronunciation of the Bosnian word for the verb "gutati" (to swallow) or "guta" (swallowing).
GUÐMUNDSDÓTTIRIcelandic
Means "daughter of Guðmund"; not strictly used as a surname, and is also used as a patronymic.
GUÐMUNDSSONIcelandic
Means "son of Guðmund" in Icelandic.
GUTHRIEScottish, 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 ‘child’.... [more]
GUTNIKUkrainian, Russian, Yiddish
Yiddish surname meaning "glassworker" from Yiddish hute meaning "glassworks".
GUTTENBERGGerman, 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]
GUTTINGGerman
Of uncertain origin. Probably from a Germanic personal name formed with god "good" or god, got "god".
GÜVENTurkish
From the noun güven meaning "trust, confidence", perhaps designating a trustworthy character, or alternatively one who trusts in others readily.
GUYEnglish
Occupational name for a guide, Old French gui (a derivative of gui(d)er "to guide", of Germanic origin).
GUYEnglish, 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, Why as well as in the rest of France in the form Guy.
GUYNESWelsh
Welsh. Derivitive of Gwynn. Modified in the 19th century when the family came to the United States.
GUZIHungarian
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.
GWILLIAMWelsh
From the personal name Gwilym, Welsh form of William.
GWINYAIShona
Gwinyai means "be strong".
GWIZDALAPolish
Nickname for someone noted for his cheerful whistling, from a derivative of gwizdac ‘to whistle’.
GWYTHERWelsh
meaning, "victor" or "victory"
GYASIAkan
Meaning unknown.
GYLESPIEScottish
Variant of Gillespie
GYLFADÓTTIRIcelandic
Means "daughter of Gylfi". Used exclusively by women. Gylfason is the male version.
GYLFASONIcelandic
Means "son of Gylfi". Used exclusively by men. Gylfadóttir is the female version.
GYUJTOHungarian
Very old Hungarian name, very rare.. means gatherer.