Surnames Starting with G

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GAÁL Hungarian
Variant of GÁL.
GABLER German
Occupational name for someone who made or sold forks, from Old High German gabala "fork".
GÁBOR Hungarian
From the given name GÁBOR.
GABRIELLI Italian
From the given name GABRIELE (1).
GABRIELS English
Derived from the given name GABRIEL.
GABRIELSON English
Means "son of GABRIEL".
GADHAVI Indian, Gujarati
Meaning unknown, related to the Charan caste of Gujarat.
GAERTNER German
German form of GARDENER.
GAGE French, English
Occupational name derived either from Old French jauge "measure" (a name for an assayer) or gage "pledge, payment" (a name for a moneylender). Both words were ultimately of Frankish origin.
GAGLIARDI Italian
From Italian gagliardo meaning "strong, vigorous".
GAGNE French
Variant of GAGNEUX.
GAGNEUX French
Derived from Old French gagnier meaning "to farm, to cultivate".
GAGNON French
Derived from old French gagnon "guard dog". The name most likely originated as a nickname for an aggressive or cruel person.
GAJOS Polish
Derived from Polish gaj meaning "grove, thicket".
GÁL Hungarian
Derived from the given name GÁL.
GALLAGHER Irish
Anglicized form of the Irish Ó Gallchobhair meaning "descendant of GALLCHOBHAR".
GALLEGO Spanish
Originally indicated a person from Galicia, a region in northwestern Spain.
GALLO Italian, Spanish
Means "rooster", ultimately from Latin gallus. This was a nickname for a proud person.
GANG Korean
Variant romanization of KANG.
GANZA Italian
Probably from the feminine medieval given name Allegranza or Alleganza, a derivative of ALLEGRA. It comes from northern Lombardy.
GARB German
Variant of GARBER.
GARBER German
Variant of GERBER.
GARBUTT English
From the given name GERBOLD.
GARCÍA Spanish
From a medieval given name of unknown meaning, possibly related to the Basque word hartz meaning "bear".
GARCIA Portuguese
Portuguese form of GARCÍA.
GARÇON French
Means "boy" in French, referring to a servant.
GARDENER English
Occupational surname for one who was a gardener, from Old French jardin meaning "garden" (of Frankish origin).
GARDINIER French
French form of GARDENER.
GÁRDONYI Hungarian
Originally denoted a person from Gárdony, a town near Budapest in Hungary.
GAREY English
Variant of GEARY.
GARFAGNINI Italian
Originally denoted one from the region of Garfagnana in Tuscany, Italy, near the historical city of Lucca.
GARFIELD English
Means "triangle field" in Old English. A famous bearer was American president James A. Garfield (1831-1881).
GARLAND English
Means "triangle land" from Old English gara and land. It originally belonged to a person who owned a triangle-shaped piece of land.
GARNER (1) English
From Old French gernier meaning "granary", a derivative of Latin granum meaning "grain". This name could refer to a person who worked at a granary or lived near one.
GARNETT (1) English
Occupational name referring to a person who made hinges, from Old French carne "hinge".
GARNETT (2) English
From a diminutive of the given name GUARIN.
GARNIER (1) French
From the given name GARNIER.
GAROFALO Italian
From a nickname, from a southern variant of the Italian word garofano meaning "carnation".
GARRARD English
From the given name GERARD.
GARRASTAZU Basque
From the Basque word arratz "bush" combined with the suffix sta denoting a place.
GARRETT English
Derived from the given name GERALD or GERARD.
GARROD English
Derived from the given name GERALD.
GARRY English
Variant of GEARY.
GÄRTNER German
German form of GARDENER.
GARVER German
Variant of GERBER.
GARY English
Variant of GEARY.
GARZA Spanish
Derived from Spanish garza meaning "heron".
GÁSPÁR Hungarian
Derived from the given name GÁSPÁR.
GASPAR Portuguese, Spanish
Derived from the given name GASPAR.
GASPARI Italian
From the given name GASPARE.
GAŠPER Slovene
Derived from the given name GAŠPER.
GASS German
Name for someone who lived on a street in a city, from German gasse.
GATTI Italian
Means "cat" in Italian, originally a nickname for an agile person.
GAUTHIER French
Derived from the given name GAUTHIER.
GAVRILOVIĆ Serbian
Means "son of GAVRILO".
GAVRILYUK Ukrainian
Alternate transcription of Ukrainian Гаврилюк (see HAVRYLYUK).
GEARY English
Derived from a Norman given name that was a short form of Germanic names starting with the element ger "spear".
GEBARA Basque
Habitational name for someone who lived in Gebara, a village in the province of Álava in Spain.
GEELEN Dutch
Derived from the given name Geel, itself from GILLIS or GILBERT.
GEELS Dutch
Variant of GEELEN.
GEHRIG German
Variant of GEHRING.
GEHRING German
Derived from a short form of Germanic names starting with the element ger "spear".
GEIER German
Means "vulture" in German, a nickname for a greedy person.
GEIGER German
Means "fiddle player" in German, derived from Old High German giga "fiddle".
GEISSLER German
Occupational name for a goat herder, from southern German Geiss meaning "goat" and the suffix ler signifying an occupation.
GELASHVILI Georgian
Means "son of GELA".
GELENS Dutch
Variant of GEELEN.
GENADIEV Bulgarian
Means "son of GENADI".
GENKOV Bulgarian
Means "son of GENKO".
GENOV Bulgarian
Means "son of GENO".
GENOVESE Italian
Denoted a person from the Italian city of GENOA (Genova in Italian).
GENSCH German
From the given name Gensch, a Sorbian form of JOHN.
GENTILE Italian
From a nickname meaning "gentle, kind" in Italian.
GEORGE English
Derived from the given name GEORGE.
GEORGESON English
Means "son of GEORGE".
GEORGIEV Bulgarian
Means "son of GEORGI".
GERBER German
Means "tanner, leather dresser" in German, derived from Old High German garawen meaning "to prepare".
GEREBEN Hungarian
Means "hackle, hatchel" in Hungarian (a hackle is a tool used to comb out fibers).
GERHARD German
Derived from the given name GERHARD.
GERHARDSSON Swedish
Means "son of GERHARD".
GERHARDT German
Derived from the given name GERHARD.
GERIG German
Variant of GEHRING.
GERMAIN French
From the French given name GERMAIN.
GERMANO Italian
From the given name GERMANO.
GÉROUX French
Derived from the Germanic name GERULF.
GERST German
Occupational name for a barley farmer, derived from Old High German gersta "barley".
GERSTLE German
Variant of GERST.
GERVER German
Variant of GERBER.
GEVORGIAN Armenian
Alternate transcription of Armenian Գեւորգյան (see GEVORGYAN).
GEVORGYAN Armenian
Means "son of GEVORG".
GHASABYAN Armenian
From Armenian ղասաբ (ghasab) meaning "butcher", of Arabic origin.
GIANNINO Italian
Derived from the given name GIANNINO.
GIANNOPOULOS Greek
Means "son of GIANNIS" in Greek.
GIBB English
Derived from the given name GIB.
GIBBS English, Scottish
Means "son of GIB".
GIBSON English, Scottish
Means "son of GIB".
GIEHL German
German form of GILES.
GIESE German, Danish
Derived from a short form of the given name GISELBERT or other Germanic names beginning with the element gisil.
GIFFARD English
Derived from the Germanic given name GEBHARD.
GILBERT English
Derived from the given name GILBERT.
GILES English
From the given name GILES.
GILLIAM English
Variant of WILLIAM. A famous bearer of the name is cartoonist and filmmaker Terry Gilliam (1940-).
GIM Korean
Variant romanization of KIM.
GIMONDI Italian
Probably derived from the Germanic given name GISMUND.
GIORDANO Italian
Derived from the given name GIORDANO.
GIORGADZE Georgian
Means "son of GIORGI".
GIRARD French
From the given name GÉRARD.
GIROUX French
Derived from the Germanic name GERULF.
GISMONDI Italian
From the Germanic given name GISMUND.
GIUGOVAZ Italian
Italian form of the Croatian surname JUGOVAC.
GIUNTA Italian
From the old Italian given name Bonagiunta or Bonaggiunta (derived from bono "good" and aggiunto "assistant").
GJORGIEV Macedonian
Means "son of GJORGJI".
GLADWIN English
Derived from the Old English given name GLÆDWINE.
GLAS German, Dutch
German and Dutch cognate of GLASS.
GLASS English, German
From Old English glæs or Old High German glas meaning "glass". This was an occupational name for a glass blower or glazier.
GLAZIER English
Means "glass worker, glazier", from Old English glæs meaning "glass".
GLEN Scottish
Variant of GLENN.
GLENN Scottish
Derived from Gaelic gleann "valley". A famous bearer was American astronaut John Glenn (1921-2016).
GLÖCKNER German
Derived from Middle High German glocke "bell". It may have referred to a person who worked at or lived close to a bell tower.
GLOVER English
Occupational name for a person who made or sold gloves, from Middle English glovere.
GNIEWEK Polish
Derived from Gniewek, a diminutive of ZBIGNIEW, JAROGNIEW, or other names containing gniew "anger".
GÖBEL German
Derived from the given name Göbel, a diminutive of the Old German name Godebert, which is derived from god "God" and beraht "bright".
GODDARD English
Derived from the Germanic given name GODEHARD.
GODFREY English
From the Norman given name GODFREY.
GOEBEL German
Variant of GÖBEL.
GOFFE English
Derived from Breton or Cornish goff meaning "smith", and referred to a metalworker.
GOLDHIRSCH Jewish
Means "golden stag" in Yiddish.
GOLDSCHMIDT German
Occupational name meaning "goldsmith" in German.
GOMES Portuguese
From the medieval given name GOMES.
GÓMEZ Spanish
Spanish form of GOMES.
GOMÓŁKA Polish
Derived from Polish gomółka, a type of round cheese, ultimately from an old Polish word meaning "round".
GONZÁLEZ Spanish
Means "son of GONZALO" in Spanish.
GOOD English
From a nickname meaning "good", referring to a kindly person.
GOODE English
Variant of GOOD.
GOODMAN English
Variant of GOOD.
GOODWIN English
Derived from the given name GODWINE.
GOOSSENS Flemish
From the Germanic given name GOZZO.
GORANOV Bulgarian
Means "son of GORAN".
GÖRANSSON Swedish
Means "son of GÖRAN".
GORBOLD English
From the given name GERBOLD.
GORDON Scottish
From the name of a place in Berwickshire, Scotland, derived from Brythonic words meaning "spacious fort".
GORE English
From the Old English word gara meaning "a triangular plot of land".
GORECKI Polish
Originally indicated a person from Górka, the name of various towns in Poland, ultimately from Polish góra "mountain".
GORETTI Italian
Derived from the given name GREGORIO.
GORI Italian
Derived from the given name GREGORIO.
GÓRKA Polish
Variant of GORECKI.
GORMAN (1) German
From the Germanic given name GERMUND.
GORMAN (2) Irish
From the Irish Ó Gormáin meaning "descendant of Gormán". The given name Gormán means "little blue one".
GÖRÖG Hungarian
Means "Greek" in Hungarian.
GÓRSKI Polish
From the Polish word góra meaning "mountain".
GOSSE French
Derived from the Norman given name GOSSE.
GOSSELIN French
Derived from a diminutive of the French given name GOSSE.
GOTT German
Derived from the Germanic given name GODA.
GOTTI German
Variant of GOTT.
GOTTLIEB German
Derived from the given name GOTTLIEB.
GOTTSCHALK German
Derived from the given name GOTTSCHALK.
GOUVEIA Portuguese
From the name of the city of Gouveia in Portugal, of unknown meaning.
GRAF German
From the German noble title Graf meaning "count", ultimately from Greek γραφευς (grapheus) meaning "scribe".
GRAHAM Scottish
Derived from the English place name Grantham, which probably meant "gravelly homestead" in Old English. The surname was first taken to Scotland in the 12th century by William de Graham.
GRAHN Swedish
From Swedish gran meaning "spruce".
GRANER German
Originally denoted a person from Gran, the German name for Esztergom, a city in northern Hungary.
GRANGER English, French
Means "farm bailiff" from Old French grangier, ultimately from Latin granum meaning "grain". It is borne in the Harry Potter novels by Harry's friend Hermione Granger.
GRANT English, Scottish
Derived from Norman French meaning "grand, tall, large, great".
GRANVILLE English
Derived from a Norman place name GRAINVILLE.
GRAVES English
Occupational name for a steward, derived from Middle English greyve, related to the German title Graf.
GRAY English
From a nickname for a person who had grey hair or grey clothes.
GRBIĆ Serbian, Croatian, Slovene
Means "hunchback", derived from Serbian, Croatian and Slovene grba "hump".
GREC Catalan
Catalan cognate of GRECO.
GRECO Italian
Means "from Greece" in Italian.
GREEN English
Descriptive name for someone who often wore the colour green or someone who lived near the village green.
GREENBERG German, Jewish
Anglicized form of GRÜNBERG.
GREENE English
Variant of GREEN.
GREENSPAN Jewish
Anglicized form of German Grünspan meaning "verdigris". Verdigris is the green-blue substance that forms on copper.
GREER Scottish
Derived from the given name GREGOR.
GREGORY English
From the given name GREGORY.
GREY English
Variant of GRAY.
GRGIĆ Croatian
Means "son of GRGUR".
GRIER Scottish
Derived from the given name GREGOR.
GRIEVE Scottish
Occupational name meaning "steward, farm manager" in Middle English, related to the German title Graf.
GRIFFIN (1) Welsh
Derived from the given name GRUFFUDD.
GRIFFIN (2) English
Nickname from the mythological beast with body of a lion with head and wings of an eagle. It is ultimately from Greek γρυψ (gryps).
GRIFFITH Welsh
Derived from the given name GRUFFUDD.
GRIFFITHS Welsh
Means "son of GRUFFUDD".
GRIGORESCU Romanian
Means "son of GRIGORE" in Romanian.
GRIGOROV Bulgarian
Means "son of GRIGOR".
GRILLO Italian
From an Italian nickname meaning "cricket", perhaps given originally to a cheerful person (the cricket is associated with cheerfulness).
GRIMALDI Italian
From the given name GRIMALDO. It is the surname of the royal family of Monaco, which came from Genoa.
GRONCHI Italian
From the Tuscan word gronchio meaning "numb, bent". This is an Italian regional surname typical of Tuscany. A famous bearer was the Italian president Giovanni Gronchi (1887-1978).
GROOS German
Variant of GROß.
GROS French
Means "thick, fat, big" in French, from Late Latin grossus, possibly of Germanic origin.
GROSS German
Variant of GROß.
GROß German
From Old High German groz meaning "tall, big".
GROßE German
Variant of GROß.
GROSSE German
Variant of GROß.
GRÖßEL German
Variant of GROß, used in southern Germany.
GROßEL German
Variant of GROß, used in southern Germany.
GROßER German
Variant of GROß.
GROSSER German
Variant of GROß.
GROSSI Italian
Italian cognate of GROS.
GROSSO Italian
Italian cognate of GROS.
GRÓSZ Hungarian
Hungarian form of GROß.
GROVES English
From Old English graf meaning "grove". This originally indicated a person who lived near a grove (a group of trees).
GRÜNBERG German, Jewish
From German grün "green" and Berg "mountain". This name indicated a person who lived on or near a forest-covered mountain.
GRÜNEWALD German
Means "green forest" from German grün "green" and Wald "forest".
GRÜNSPAN Jewish
Original form of GREENSPAN.
GRZEŚKIEWICZ Polish
Derived from the given name GRZEGORZ.
GUADARRAMA Spanish
Derived from the name of the town of Guadarrama near Madrid.
GUAN Chinese
From Chinese (guān) meaning "frontier pass".
GUARNERI Italian
From the given name Guanero, an Italian cognate of WERNER.
GUÉRIN French
From the Germanic given name WARIN.
GUERRA Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
From a nickname meaning "war", given to a belligerent person or one engaged in warfare.
GUERRERO Spanish
Means "warrior" in Spanish, an occupational name for a soldier. It is derived from Late Latin werra "war", of Germanic origin.
GUERRIERO Italian
Italian form of GUERRERO.
GUIDI Italian
From the given name GUIDO.
GUILLORY French
Derived from the Germanic given name WILLIRIC.
GUINNESS Irish
Variant of MCGUINNESS. The name is well known because of the Guinness brand of ale, established in 1759 by Arthur Guinness.
GUJIĆ Bosnian
Means "son of a snake" from the Bosnian word guja meaning "snake".
GULBRANDSEN Norwegian
Means "son of GULBRAND" in Norwegian.
GULDBRANDSEN Danish
Means "son of GULBRAND" in Danish.
GULLY English
Nickname for a big person, from Middle English golias meaning "giant" (ultimately from GOLIATH, the Philistine warrior who was slain by David in the Old Testament).
GULYÁS Hungarian
Means "herdsman, tender of cows" in Hungarian.
GUNDERSEN Norwegian
Means "son of GUNDER".
GUNNARSSON Swedish
Means "son of GUNNAR".
GÜNTHER German
Derived from the given name GÜNTHER.
GUNTHER German
Derived from the given name GÜNTHER.
GUO Chinese
From Chinese (guō) meaning "outer city".
GUPTA Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi, Telugu
Means "protected" in Sanskrit.
GUSTAFSSON Swedish
Means "son of GUSTAF". The actress Greta Garbo (1905-1990) was originally named Greta Gustafsson.
GUSTAVSSON Swedish
Means "son of GUSTAV".
GUTERMUTH German
Derived from Middle High German guot meaning "good" and muot meaning "mind, spirit". It was a nickname for an optimistic person.
GUTIÉRREZ Spanish
Means "son of GUTIERRE".
GUTTUSO Italian
From a Sicilian nickname meaning "sad". It was name of the famous Italian painter Renato Guttuso (born 1912).
GUZMÁN Spanish
From the name of the town of Guzmán in Burgos, Spain.
GWERDER German (Swiss)
From Swiss German gwerig meaning "agile, alert".
GWÓZDEK Polish
Derived from either archaic Polish gwozd meaning "forest" or gwóźdź meaning "nail".