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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]
GROOT     Dutch
Groot means "big" in Dutch and the surname was originally a nickname for a tall person.
GROßKREUTZ     German
From German "groß" meaning big and "kreutz" meaning cross.
GROSSMAN     Jewish
Jewish nickname for a large man.
GROSSMANN     Jewish
Variant of GROSSMAN
GROULX     French
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".
GROVE     German
Form of Grob.
GROVE     English, American
Americanized spelling of the French surname Le Grou(x)or Le Greux (see Groulx)
GROVE     German
Variation of Graf.
GROVE     German
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.
GROVE     English
Name for someone who lived by a grove or thicket, Middle English grove, Old English graf.
GRUBE     German
Name for someone who lived in a depression or hollow, from Middle High German gruobe "pit", "hollow". See also Gruber.
GRUBE     German
From the personal name Grubo.
GRUNDY     English
Probably a Middle English metathesized form of the Old French personal name Gondri, Gundric (see Gundry).
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]
GRUSZKA     Polish
Means "pear".
GRUVER     American
GRUZINSKY     Russian, Georgian
From Russian, meaning "of Georgia".
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.
from a pet form of the personal name Grzegorz
habitational name for someone from Grzegorzowice or Grzegorzewice, both named with the personal name Grzegorz, Latin Gregorius
GRZYB     Czech, Polish
means "mushroom" in polish
GSCHWENDTNER     German (Austrian)
From the German word "schwenden", which means "swidden agriculture" in English
GU     Korean (Anglicized)
A Korean surname, meaning "tool, device, utensil". Derived from the Chinese surname 具, (Jù)
GUADAGNINO     Italian
It came from Italian word guadagno which means "earnings" and has a diminutive suffix ino which is also an occupation suffix.
GUAJARDO     Spanish
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.
GUARDIOLA     Catalan
Habitational name from any of the numerous places named Guardiola, from guardiola, a diminutive of guàrdia meaning "guard".
GUBLER     German (Swiss)
Means "Of the Mountains"... [more]
GUDAITIS     Lithuanian
Ethnic name from gudas meaning "Belorussian".
GUDBRANDSON     Norwegian
Means "son of Gudbrand".
GUDGEON     English
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]
GUENTHER     German
German: from a Germanic personal name composed of gund ‘battle’ + hari, heri ‘army’.
GUEREÑA     Basque (Castilianized)
Castilianized form of Gereña.
GUERRER     Catalan
It literally means "warrior".
GUEST     English
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).
GUEVERA     Spanish
means "protector"
GUIDETTI     Italian
Derived from the given name GUIDO.
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]
GUILLAUME     French
Derived from the French personal name Guillaume.
GUILLERMEZ     Spanish
Means "son of Guillermo".
GUILLIOT     French
From a pet form of the personal name Guille, itself a short form of Guillaume.
GUILLOU     French, Breton
Possibly derived from the given name Guillaume.
GUIMARÃES     Portuguese
from any of various places called Guimarães
GUION     French
French: from the Germanic personal name Wido (see Guy).
GUIRALDO     Filipino
From the visayan province of Samar
GUIVARC'H     Breton
Guivarc'h means 'swift stallion' in the Breton language.
GULBIS     Latvian
Means "swan".
GÜLIYEV     Azerbaijani
Derived from Azerbaijani gül meaning "rose" or "flower"; ultimately from Persian.
GULIYEV     Azerbaijani
Variant transcription of Güliyev.
GULLETTE     French
Comes from Guillemme or William of Normandy. Reference 1066: The Battle of Hastings.
GULLICK     English
From the Middle English personal name Gullake, a descendant of Old English Gūthlāc, literally "battle-sport".
GULLIVER     English
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."
GULOTTA     Italian
Italian: from the female personal name, a pet form of Gulla.
GULTEKIN     Turkish
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'TAOTAO     Chamorro
Chamorro for "house of the people"
GUMM     English
From a nickname or byname from Middle English gome, Old English guma "man".
GUMMESSON     Swedish
Means "son of Gumme".
GUMP     German
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.
GUNASEKERA     Sinhalese
From Sanskrit गुण (guṇá) meaning "talent, virtue, quality" combined with शेखर (śekhara) meaning "crown, crest" or "peak, summit".
GUNDIÁN     Galician
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.
GUNDRY     English
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)".
GÜNEŞ     Turkish
From güneş the Turkish word for the Sun. Ultimately derived from Old Turkic küneş.
GÜNEY     Turkish
Means "south" in Turkish.
GUNN     Scottish
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.
GUNNISON     American (Anglicized)
Anglicized version of Gunnarsson.
GUNZENHAUSER     German, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from either of two places named Gunzenhausen, one in Württemberg and the other in Bavaria.
GUPPY     English
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]
GURAKUQI     Albanian
Meaning unknown.
GURALNICK     Jewish
Occupational name from Ukrainian guralnyk, Yiddish guralnik "distiller".
GURALNIK     Jewish
Variant of GURALNICK.
GUREL     Turkish
Dynamism is the meaning of the name.
GURGENIDZE     Georgian
Means "son of Gurgen".
GURRY     Irish
Variant of GORRY.
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]
GUSHIKEN     Japanese
Means "strong willed" in Japanese. From the Japanese words 具 (means), 志 (will), and 堅 (resolute). This surname is of Okinawan origin.
GUST     German
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]
Means "daughter of Guðmund"; not strictly used as a surname, and is also used as a patronymic.
GUÐMUNDSSON     Icelandic
Means "son of Guðmund" in Icelandic.
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 ‘child’.... [more]
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]
GUTTING     German
Of uncertain origin. Probably from a Germanic personal name formed with god "good" or god, got "god".
GÜVEN     Turkish
From the noun güven meaning "trust, confidence", perhaps designating a trustworthy character, or alternatively one who trusts in others readily.
GUY     English
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, Why as well as in the rest of France in the form Guy.
GUYNES     Welsh
Welsh. Derivitive of Gwynn. Modified in the 19th century when the family came to the United States.
GUZI     Hungarian
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.
GUZMÁN     Spanish
Of uncertain and disputed etymology, probably from a Germanic personal name.
GWILLIAM     Welsh
From the personal name Gwilym, Welsh form of William.
GWINYAI     Shona
Gwinyai means "be strong".
GWIZDALA     Polish
Nickname for someone noted for his cheerful whistling, from a derivative of gwizdac ‘to whistle’.
GWYTHER     Welsh
meaning, "victor" or "victory"
GYASI     Akan
Meaning unknown.
GYGAX     Swiss
GYLESPIE     Scottish
Variant of Gillespie
GYLFADÓTTIR     Icelandic
Means "daughter of Gylfi". Used exclusively by women. Gylfason is the male version.
GYLFASON     Icelandic
Means "son of Gylfi". Used exclusively by men. Gylfadóttir is the female version.
GYUJTO     Hungarian
Very old Hungarian name, very rare.. means gatherer.
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