Surnames Starting with G

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GAÁLHungarian
Variant of GÁL.
GABLERGerman
Occupational name for someone who made or sold forks, from Old High German gabala "fork".
GÁBORHungarian
From the given name GÁBOR.
GABRIELLIItalian
From the given name GABRIELE (1).
GABRIELSEnglish
Derived from the given name GABRIEL.
GABRIELSONEnglish
Means "son of GABRIEL".
GADHAVIIndian, Gujarati
Meaning unknown, related to the Charan caste of Gujarat.
GAERTNERGerman
German form of GARDENER.
GAGEFrench, 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.
GAGLIARDIItalian
From Italian gagliardo meaning "strong, vigorous".
GAGNEFrench
Variant of GAGNEUX.
GAGNEUXFrench
Derived from Old French gagnier meaning "to farm, to cultivate".
GAGNONFrench
Derived from old French gagnon "guard dog". The name most likely originated as a nickname for an aggressive or cruel person.
GAJOSPolish
Derived from Polish gaj meaning "grove, thicket".
GÁLHungarian
Derived from the given name GÁL.
GALLAGHERIrish
Anglicized form of the Irish Ó Gallchobhair meaning "descendant of GALLCHOBHAR".
GALLEGOSpanish
Originally indicated a person from Galicia, a region in northwestern Spain.
GALLOItalian, Spanish
Means "rooster", ultimately from Latin gallus. This was a nickname for a proud person.
GANGKorean
Variant romanization of KANG.
GANZAItalian
Probably from the feminine medieval given name Allegranza or Alleganza, a derivative of ALLEGRA. It comes from northern Lombardy.
GARBGerman
Variant of GARBER.
GARBERGerman
Variant of GERBER.
GARBUTTEnglish
From the given name GERBOLD.
GARCÍASpanish
From a medieval given name of unknown meaning, possibly related to the Basque word hartz meaning "bear".
GARCIAPortuguese
Portuguese form of GARCÍA.
GARÇONFrench
Means "boy" in French, referring to a servant.
GARDENEREnglish
Occupational surname for one who was a gardener, from Old French jardin meaning "garden" (of Frankish origin).
GARDINIERFrench
French form of GARDENER.
GÁRDONYIHungarian
Originally denoted a person from Gárdony, a town near Budapest in Hungary.
GAREYEnglish
Variant of GEARY.
GARFAGNINIItalian
Originally denoted one from the region of Garfagnana in Tuscany, Italy, near the historical city of Lucca.
GARFIELDEnglish
Means "triangle field" in Old English. A famous bearer was American president James A. Garfield (1831-1881).
GARLANDEnglish
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 garnary 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.
GAROFALOItalian
From a nickname, from a southern variant of the Italian word garofano meaning "carnation".
GARRARDEnglish
From the given name GERARD.
GARRASTAZUBasque
From the Basque word arratz "bush" combined with the suffix sta denoting a place.
GARRETTEnglish
Derived from the given name GERALD or GERARD.
GARRODEnglish
Derived from the given name GERALD.
GARRYEnglish
Variant of GEARY.
GÄRTNERGerman
German form of GARDENER.
GARVERGerman
Variant of GERBER.
GARYEnglish
Variant of GEARY.
GARZASpanish
Derived from Spanish garza meaning "heron".
GÁSPÁRHungarian
Derived from the given name GÁSPÁR.
GASPARPortuguese, Spanish
Derived from the given name GASPAR.
GASPARIItalian
From the given name GASPARE.
GAŠPERSlovene
Derived from the given name GAŠPER.
GASSGerman
Name for someone who lived on a street in a city, from German gasse.
GATTIItalian
Means "cat" in Italian, originally a nickname for an agile person.
GAUTHIERFrench
Derived from the given name GAUTHIER.
GAVRILYUKUkrainian
Varirant transcription of HAVRYLYUK.
GEARYEnglish
Derived from a Norman given name which was a short form of Germanic names starting with the element ger "spear".
GEBARABasque
Habitational name for someone who lived in Gebara, a village in the province of Álava in Spain.
GEELENDutch
Derived from the given name Geel, itself from GILLIS or GILBERT.
GEELSDutch
Variant of GEELEN.
GEHRINGGerman
Derived from a short form of Germanic names starting with the element ger "spear".
GEIERGerman
Means "vulture" in German, a nickname for a greedy person.
GEIGERGerman
Means "fiddle player" in German, derived from Old High German giga "fiddle".
GEISSLERGerman
Occupational name for a goat herder, from southern German Geiss meaning "goat" and the suffix ler signifying an occupation.
GELASHVILIGeorgian
Means "son of GELA".
GELENSDutch
Variant of GEELEN.
GENADIEVBulgarian
Means "son of GENADI".
GENKOVBulgarian
Means "son of GENKO".
GENOVBulgarian
Means "son of GENO".
GENOVESEItalian
Denoted a person from the Italian city of Genoa (Genova in Italian).
GENSCHGerman
From the given name Gensch, a Sorbian form of JOHN.
GENTILEItalian
From a nickname meaning "gentle, kind" in Italian.
GEORGEEnglish
Derived from the given name GEORGE.
GEORGESONEnglish
Means "son of GEORGE".
GEORGIEVBulgarian
Means "son of GEORGI".
GERBERGerman
Means "tanner, leather dresser" in German, derived from Old High German garawen meaning "to prepare".
GEREBENHungarian
Means "hackle, hatchel" in Hungarian (a hackle is a tool used to comb out fibers).
GERHARDGerman
Derived from the given name GERHARD.
GERHARDTGerman
Derived from the given name GERHARD.
GERIGGerman
Variant of GEHRING.
GERMAINFrench
From the French given name GERMAIN.
GERMANOItalian
From the given name GERMANO.
GÉROUXFrench
Derived from the Germanic name GERULF.
GERSTGerman
Occupational name for a barley farmer, derived from Old High German gersta "barley".
GERSTLEGerman
Variant of GERST.
GERVERGerman
Variant of GERBER.
GEVORGIANArmenian
Variant transcription of GEVORGYAN.
GEVORGYANArmenian
Means "son of GEVORG".
GIANNINOItalian
Derived from the given name GIANNINO.
GIANNOPOULOSGreek
Means "son of GIANNIS" in Greek.
GIBBEnglish
Derived from the given name GIB.
GIBBSEnglish, Scottish
Means "son of GIB".
GIBSONEnglish, Scottish
Means "son of GIB".
GIEHLGerman
German form of GILES.
GIESEGerman, Danish
Derived from a short form of the given name GISELBERT or other Germanic names beginning with the element gisil.
GIFFARDEnglish
Derived from the Germanic given name GEBHARD.
GILBERTEnglish
Derived from the given name GILBERT.
GILESEnglish
From the given name GILES.
GILLIAMEnglish
Variant of WILLIAM. A famous bearer of the name is cartoonist and filmmaker Terry Gilliam (1940-).
GIMKorean
Variant romanization of KIM.
GIMONDIItalian
Probably derived from the Germanic given name GISMUND.
GIORDANOItalian
Derived from the given name GIORDANO.
GIORGADZEGeorgian
Means "son of GIORGI".
GIRARDFrench
From the given name GÉRARD.
GIROUXFrench
Derived from the Germanic name GERULF.
GISMONDIItalian
From the Germanic given name GISMUND.
GIUGOVAZItalian
Italian form of the Croatian surname JUGOVAC.
GIUNTAItalian
From the old Italian given name Bonagiunta or Bonaggiunta (derived from bono "good" and aggiunto "assistant").
GLADWINEnglish
Derived from the Old English given name GLÆDWINE.
GLASGerman, Dutch
German and Dutch cognate of GLASS.
GLASSEnglish, German
From Old English glæs or Old High German glas meaning "glass". This was an occupational name for a glass blower or glazier.
GLAZIEREnglish
Means "glass worker, glazier", from Old English glæs meaning "glass".
GLENScottish
Variant of GLENN.
GLENNScottish
Derived from Gaelic gleann "valley". A famous bearer was American astronaut John Glenn (1921-2016).
GLÖCKNERGerman
Derived from Middle High German glocke "bell". It may have referred to a person who worked at or lived close to a bell tower.
GLOVEREnglish
Occupational name for a person who made or sold gloves, from Middle English glovere.
GNIEWEKPolish
Derived from Gniewek, a diminutive of ZBIGNIEW, JAROGNIEW, or other names containing gniew "anger".
GÖBELGerman
Derived from the given name Göbel, a diminutive of the Old German name Godebert, which is derived from god "God" and beraht "bright".
GODDARDEnglish
Derived from the Germanic given name GODEHARD.
GODFREYEnglish
From the Norman given name GODFREY.
GOEBELGerman
Variant of GÖBEL.
GOFFEEnglish
Derived from Breton or Cornish goff meaning "smith", and referred to a metalworker.
GOLDHIRSCHJewish
Means "golden stag" in Yiddish.
GOLDSCHMIDTGerman
Occupational name meaning "goldsmith" in German.
GOMESPortuguese
From the medieval given name GOMES.
GÓMEZSpanish
Spanish form of GOMES.
GOMÓŁKAPolish
Derived from Polish gomółka, a type of round cheese, ultimately from an old Polish word meaning "round".
GONZÁLEZSpanish
Means "son of GONZALO" in Spanish.
GOODEnglish
From a nickname meaning "good", referring to a kindly person.
GOODEEnglish
Variant of GOOD.
GOODMANEnglish
Variant of GOOD.
GOODWINEnglish
Derived from the given name GODWINE.
GOOSSENSFlemish
From the Germanic given name GOZZO.
GORANOVBulgarian
Means "son of GORAN".
GÖRANSSONSwedish
Means "son of GÖRAN".
GORBOLDEnglish
From the given name GERBOLD.
GORDONScottish
From the name of a place in Berwickshire, Scotland, derived from Brythonic words meaning "spacious fort".
GOREEnglish
From the Old English word gara meaning "a triangular plot of land".
GORECKIPolish
Originally indicated a person from Górka, the name of various towns in Poland, ultimately from Polish góra "mountain".
GORETTIItalian
Derived from the given name GREGORIO.
GORIItalian
Derived from the given name GREGORIO.
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".
GÖRÖGHungarian
Means "Greek" in Hungarian.
GÓRSKIPolish
From the Polish word góra meaning "mountain".
GOSSEFrench
Derived from the Norman given name GOSSE.
GOSSELINFrench
Derived from a diminutive of the French given name GOSSE.
GOTTGerman
Derived from the Germanic given name GODA.
GOTTIGerman
Variant of GOTT.
GOTTLIEBGerman
Derived from the given name GOTTLIEB.
GOTTSCHALKGerman
Derived from the given name GOTTSCHALK.
GOUVEIAPortuguese
From the name of the city of Gouveia in Portugal, of unknown meaning.
GRAFGerman
From the German noble title Graf meaning "count", ultimately from Greek γραφευς (grapheus) meaning "scribe".
GRAHAMScottish
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.
GRAHNSwedish
From Swedish gran meaning "spruce".
GRANERGerman
Originally denoted a person from Gran, the German name for Esztergom, a city in northern Hungary.
GRANGEREnglish, 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.
GRANTEnglish, Scottish
Derived from Norman French meaning "grand, tall, large, great".
GRANVILLEEnglish
Derived from a Norman place name GRAINVILLE.
GRAVESEnglish
Occupational name for a steward, derived from Middle English greyve, related to the German title Graf.
GRAYEnglish
From a nickname for a person who had grey hair or grey clothes.
GRBIĆSerbian, Croatian, Slovene
Means "hunchback", derived from Serbian, Croatian and Slovene grba "hump".
GRECCatalan
Catalan cognate of GRECO.
GRECOItalian
Means "from Greece" in Italian.
GREENEnglish
Descriptive name for someone who often wore the colour green or someone who lived near the village green.
GREENBERGGerman, Jewish
Anglicized form of GRÜNBERG.
GREENEEnglish
Variant of GREEN.
GREENSPANJewish
Anglicized form of German Grünspan meaning "verdigris". Verdigris is the green-blue substance that forms on copper.
GREERScottish
Derived from the given name GREGOR.
GREGORYEnglish
From the given name GREGORY.
GREYEnglish
Variant of GRAY.
GRGIĆCroatian
Means "son of GRGUR".
GRIERScottish
Derived from the given name GREGOR.
GRIEVEScottish
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).
GRIFFITHWelsh
Derived from the given name GRUFFUDD.
GRIFFITHSWelsh
Means "son of GRUFFUDD".
GRIGORESCURomanian
Means "son of GRIGORE" in Romanian.
GRIGOROVBulgarian
Means "son of GRIGOR".
GRILLOItalian
From an Italian nickname meaning "cricket", perhaps given originally to a cheerful person (the cricket is associated with cheerfulness).
GRIMALDIItalian
From the given name GRIMALDO. It is the surname of the royal family of Monaco, which came from Genoa.
GRONCHIItalian
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).
GROOSGerman
Variant of GROß.
GROSFrench
Means "thick, fat, big" in French, from Late Latin grossus, possibly of Germanic origin.
GROSSGerman
Variant of GROß.
GROßGerman
From Old High German groz meaning "tall, big".
GROßEGerman
Variant of GROß.
GROSSEGerman
Variant of GROß.
GRÖßELGerman
Variant of GROß, used in southern Germany.
GROßELGerman
Variant of GROß, used in southern Germany.
GROßERGerman
Variant of GROß.
GROSSERGerman
Variant of GROß.
GROSSIItalian
Italian cognate of GROS.
GROSSOItalian
Italian cognate of GROS.
GRÓSZHungarian
Hungarian form of GROß.
GROVESEnglish
From Old English graf meaning "grove". This originally indicated a person who lived near a grove (a group of trees).
GRÜNBERGGerman, Jewish
From German grün "green" and Berg "mountain". This name indicated a person who lived on or near a forest-covered mountain.
GRÜNEWALDGerman
Means "green forest" from German grün "green" and Wald "forest".
GRÜNSPANJewish
Original form of GREENSPAN.
GRZEŚKIEWICZPolish
Derived from the given name GRZEGORZ.
GUADARRAMASpanish
Derived from the name of the town of Guadarrama near Madrid.
GUANChinese
From Chinese (guān) meaning "frontier pass".
GUARNERIItalian
From the given name Guanero, an Italian cognate of WERNER.
GUÉRINFrench
From the Germanic given name WARIN.
GUERRAItalian, Spanish, Portuguese
From a nickname meaning "war", given to a belligerent person or one engaged in warfare.
GUERREROSpanish
Means "warrior" in Spanish, an occupational name for a soldier. It is derived from Late Latin werra "war", of Germanic origin.
GUERRIEROItalian
Italian form of GUERRERO.
GUIDIItalian
From the given name GUIDO.
GUILLORYFrench
Derived from the Germanic given name WILLIRIC.
GUINNESSIrish
Variant of MCGUINNESS. The name is well known because of the Guinness brand of ale, established in 1759 by Arthur Guinness.
GUJIĆBosnian
Means "son of a snake" from the Bosnian word guja meaning "snake".
GULBRANDSENNorwegian
Means "son of GULBRAND" in Norwegian.
GULDBRANDSENDanish
Means "son of GULBRAND" in Danish.
GULLYEnglish
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).
GULYÁSHungarian
Means "herdsman, tender of cows" in Hungarian.
GUNDERSENNorwegian
Means "son of GUNDER".
GUNNARSSONSwedish
Means "son of GUNNAR".
GÜNTHERGerman
Derived from the given name GÜNTHER.
GUNTHERGerman
Derived from the given name GÜNTHER.
GUOChinese
From Chinese (guō) meaning "outer city".
GUPTAIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi, Telugu
Means "protected" in Sanskrit.
GUSTAFSSONSwedish
Means "son of GUSTAF". The actress Greta Garbo (1905-1990) was originally named Greta Gustafsson.
GUSTAVSSONSwedish
Means "son of GUSTAV".
GUTERMUTHGerman
Derived from Middle High German guot meaning "good" and muot meaning "mind, spirit". It was a nickname for an optimistic person.
GUTTUSOItalian
From a Sicilian nickname meaning "sad". It was name of the famous Italian painter Renato Guttuso (born 1912).
GUZMÁNSpanish
From the name of the town of Guzmán in Burgos, Spain.
GWERDERGerman (Swiss)
From Swiss German gwerig meaning "agile, alert".
GWÓZDEKPolish
Derived from either archaic Polish gwozd meaning "forest" or gwóźdź meaning "nail".