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Derived from Алгуз (Alguz)
, an earlier Ossetian family name of unknown meaning. Historically, the last of the Alguz family migrated to the village of Zalda (located in present-day South Ossetia), where most members of the family presently reside.
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality.
Northern English: of uncertain origin, perhaps a habitational name from a minor place named with Old Norse gafl
‘gable’, which was applied to a triangular-shaped hill. The mountain called Great Gable in Cumbria is named in this way.... [more]
Habitational name from Cadborough, alias Gateborough, in Rye, Sussex, probably so named from Old English gāt meaning "goat" + beorg meaning "hill".
Means "battlefield" in Welsh. Comes from the Welsh word gad
which means battlefield.
GADDAFI Arabic (Maghrebi)
From قذاذفة (Qadhadhfa)
, the Arabic name for a Berber tribe in Libya. The name possibly means "thrower, archer", from Arabic قَذَفَ (qaḏafa)
meaning "to throw". A famous bearer was Muammar
Gaddafi (1942–2011), a Libyan politician and revolutionary.
This surname is primarily from the Telugu states of India (Telangana and Andhra Pradesh). It is the Telugu word for beard
GADOLIN Finnish (Rare)
Derived from the name of the homestead Magnula in Kalanti (formerly Nykyrko) parish in southwest Finland. Magnula is thought to be associated with Latin magnus
"large, big, great" and the name Gadolin is derived from Hebrew gadol
with the same meaning... [more]
Habitational name from Gaddesby in Leicestershire, recorded in Domesday Book as Gadesbi
and so named from the Old Norse personal name Gaddr
(or from Old Norse gaddr
"spur (of land)") and býr
It is assumed that Gadžo derives from the old-Indian gārhya ("domestic") and means farmer, villager, head of the house or husband.
A Russian surname derived from the word gagara, meaning loon (a waterbird, genus Gavia). Notable people with the surname include: Gagarin family, a Rurikid princely family.
Habitational name from a few places in Italy, which all derived from the Latin personal name Gallius
Mingrelian form of the Abkhaz name Dzug-ipa
meaning "son of Dzug
", the name itself of Adyghe or Circassian origin of unknown meaning.
From a personal name GAIDA
, based on the verb gaidīt
meaning ‘to wait for’.
GAINES English, Norman, Welsh
English (of Norman origin): nickname for a crafty or ingenious person, from a reduced form of Old French engaine
‘ingenuity’, ‘trickery’ (Latin ingenium
‘native wit’). The word was also used in a concrete sense of a stratagem or device, particularly a trap.... [more]
From the city of Gainsborough in Lincolnshire, England. A famous bearer of this surname includes English painter Thomas Gainsborough.
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 eponymous municipalities, the one in Leitzaldea or the one in Goierri.
Means 'someone with blue, pale eyes', derived from the Greek "galanos", meaning 'azure', 'milky' or 'blue'.
GALANTE Italian, French, Jewish
Comes from the ancient French word "galant" meaning someone in love or who has fun. In the case of Mordecai Galante, a Spanish exile in 16th century Rome, his courteous manners won for him from the Roman nobles the surname "Galantuomo" (gentleman), from which Galante was eventually derived.... [more]
This indicates familial origin within either of 3 eponymous neighborhoods: the one in Etxebarria, Comarca of Lea-Artibai, the one in Larrabetzu, Comarca of Bilbo, or the one in Aretxabaleta, Comarca of Debagoiena.
GALBRAITH Scottish, Scottish Gaelic
Ethnic name for someone descended from a tribe of Britons living in Scotland, from Gaelic gall
‘stranger’ + Breathnach
‘Briton’ (i.e. ‘British foreigner’). These were either survivors of the British peoples who lived in Scotland before the Gaelic invasions from Ireland in the 5th century (in particular the Welsh-speaking Strathclyde Britons, who survived as a distinctive ethnic group until about the 14th century), or others who had perhaps migrated northwestwards at the time of the Anglo-Saxon invasions.
Habitational name for someone from Galew, Galewice, or Galów in the voivodeships of Kalisz, Kielce, or Konin.
GALICKI Jewish, Polish
A Jewish and Polish surname for someone from a lost location called 'Galice'
GALINDO Spanish, Aragonese
From the medieval personal name Galindo, of predominantly Aragonese origin and distribution, but of unknown etymology.
GALISHOFF Upper German, German (Austrian)
Derived from the ancient Roman name "Gallus", meaning "rooster" in Latin. "Hoff" meaning house combines the growing or tending to poultry on a farm house, hence the name "Galishoff" which has been modified over the millennia... [more]
Derived from Russian галка (galka)
Habitational name for someone from Gałkowo in Suwałki voivodeship or Gałków in Piotrków voivodeship, both places named from gałka
meaning ‘knob’, ‘lump’.
GALL Scottish, Irish, English
Nickname, of Celtic origin, meaning "foreigner" or "stranger". In the Scottish Highlands the Gaelic term gall
was applied to people from the English-speaking lowlands and to Scandinavians; in Ireland the same term was applied to settlers who arrived from Wales and England in the wake of the Anglo-Norman invasion of the 12th century... [more]
Nickname for a cheerful or high-spirited person, from Old French, Middle English galant
"bold, dashing, lively". The meanings "gallant" and "attentive to women" are further developments, which may lie behind some examples of the surname.
Derived from Spanish gallego
meaning "Galician", denoting someone originally from the region of Galicia in northeastern Spain.
Scottish: regional name from Galloway in southwestern Scotland, named as ‘place of the foreign Gaels’, from Gaelic gall
‘foreigner’ + Gaidheal
‘Gael’. From the 8th century or before it was a province of Anglian Northumbria... [more]
English: occupational name for a messenger or scullion (in a monastery), from Old French galopin ‘page’, ‘turnspit’, from galoper ‘to gallop’.
An early member was a person with a fancied resemblance to the wild boar.
GALURA Filipino, Pampangan, Tagalog
Derived from Sanskrit गरुड (garuḍa)
referring to the Garuda, a mythical bird in Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain mythology.
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Castilian municipality in the Province of Toledo.
Probably from gama ‘fallow deer doe’, feminine form of gamo, possibly as a topographic or habitational name.
from a diminutive of gamba ‘leg’, probably applied as a nickname for someone with short legs.
from the Old Norse byname Gamall meaning "old", which was occasionally used in North England during the Middle Ages as a personal name. ... [more]
From pet form of any of the compound personal names formed with gamal, related to Old Norse gamall, Old German gamel "old", "aged". ... [more]
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 eponymous neighborhoods: the one in the municipality of Gasteiz or the one in the municipality of Gamiz-Fika.
Gamiz is Gamizu or Gamisu is a rare Japanese Surname, it means Sweet Water and it is used by the western parts of Japan such as Tokushima or Kyushu... [more]
From a medieval nickname applied to a merry or sportive person (from Middle English gamen
"game"), or to someone who walked in a strange way or had some peculiarity of the legs (from Anglo-Norman gambon
This name is a last name for the Irish it means Liam Gamon.
GAMP English (British)
This surname is thought to originate from Sarah or Sairey Gamp, Mrs. Gamp as she is more commonly known, in the novel Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens.... [more]
Occupational name for a coppersmith, from gana
"coating", "verdigris". Possibly also a variant of Ganis
It refers to a type of unproductive wetland, of alluvial origin, rich in gravel and sand.
GANDHI Indian, Gujarati, Marathi, Hindi, Punjabi
Derived from Sanskrit गान्धिक (gāndhika)
meaning "perfumier, perfume seller". Notable bearers include Mahatma Mohandas Gandhi (1869-1948), also known as Mahatma Gandhi, an Indian civil rights leader, and Indira Gandhi (1917-1984), the first female prime minister of India.
From the French gandin
, pronounced /ɡɑ̃dœ̃/, which is a word used for a dandy, an elegant young man with affected, quite often ridiculous, manners.
From the name of the Ganges River (also the name of a villge) combined with Sanskrit उपाध्याय (upadhyaya)
meaning "teacher, instructor, priest".
GANJOO Indian, Urdu, Persian
Ganjoo is a surname from Kashmiri Pandit clan . The original name was Ganwar
, meaning Person in charge of Treasury in Kings court. This name gradually changed to Ganjoo or Ganju
Topographic name for someone who lived near an expanse of scree, Middle High German gant.
From the Middle High German word ganser
meaning "gander", occupational name for a geese shepherd.
GANUS Russian, Ukrainian
Possibly derived from Russian анис (anis)
referring to the anise (Pimpinella anisum
) plant or from the Turkish given name Gainislam
itself from Arabic عَيْن (ʿayn)
meaning "spring, source" combined with the name of the religion ISLAM
GANZ German, German (Swiss)
Variant of Gans 'goose'. German: from a short form of the Germanic personal name Ganso, a cognate of modern German ganz 'whole', 'all'.
From Chinese 高 (gāo)
meaning "tall, high".
Means "son of Garabed
", an Armenian personal name meaning literally "leader, precursor" and traditionally used as an epithet of John the Baptist in the Armenian church.
It indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of Hondarribia.
Habitational name from a town called Garate in Basque Country, or topographic name, possibly from a derivative of Basque gara ‘height’, ‘peak’.
Habitational name for someone from a place called Gara
habitational name for someone from a place called Garczyn, in Gdańsk and Siedlce voivodeships.
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of Laudio.
Possibly derived from the Swedish word Gård meaning (Garden, or Gardener).
Jewish (Ashkenazic) ornamental name or nickname from Yiddish gorfinkl
‘carbuncle’, German Karfunkel
. This term denoted both a red precious or semi-precious stone, especially a garnet or ruby cut into a rounded shape (in which case it is an ornamental name), and a large inflamed growth on the skin like a large boil (in which case it is a descriptive nickname).
GARFUNKEL Jewish, Yiddish
From גאָרפֿינקל (gorfinkl
), "carbuncle" in Yiddish, which in turns derives from German Karfunkel
. A notable bearer of this surname is Art Garfunkel.... [more]
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of Oñati in the Comarca of Debagoiena.
(i) "grower or seller of garlic"; (ii) perhaps from a medieval personal name descended from Old English Gārlāc
, literally "spear-play"; (iii) an anglicization of the Belorussian Jewish name Garelick
, literally "distiller"
to denote 'son of Geargain' a name which originally in derived from 'gearg' which meant grouse but which was often used figuratively for warrior
Comes from a lost locational name from the Olde English gara
, referring to a "triangular piece of land" or to a "spearhead", and wudu
meaning a "wood".
Means "gander (male goose)" in Polish. It was used as a nickname for a person who resembled a gander or as an occupational name for a keeper of geese.
Habitational name for someone from a place called Gąsiorowo, for example in Kalisz or Poznań voivodeships.
Meaning "Goat Shelter". English (Lancashire) habitual name from Gatesgill in Cumbria, so named from Old Norse geit ‘goat’ + skáli ‘shelter’. The surname is first recorded in the early half of the 14th Century.
From Old French gaaigner
meaning "to win, to earn" or "to till, to cultivate", possibly used as an occupational name for a farmer.
GASPARRINO Italian (Tuscan)
Gasparinus de Bergamo was a Italian Teacher who tutored The Future Popes of Italy and was a Secertary for Pope Martin V in the late 1400.
GASSER German (Swiss)
Occupational name for a goat herd from Middle High German geiz meaning "Goat" and (n)er an agent suffix.
GATCHALIAN Filipino, Tagalog
From a Hispanicised spelling of Gat Sa Li-Han
, a Chinese title meaning "lord of Li-Han". It was used by the rulers of Li-Han, an ancient Philippine state that was located in the present-day city of Malolos.
Topographic name for someone who lived by the gates of a medieval walled town. The Middle English singular gate
is from the Old English plural, gatu
, of geat
"gate" (see YATES
English of uncertain origin; probably a variant of Catlin
, a nickname from Old English gœdeling
‘kinsman’, ‘companion’, but also ‘low fellow’.
Possibly an altered spelling of German Göttling
, from a Germanic personal name formed with god
‘god’ or god
‘good’ + -ling
suffix of affiliation, or, like Gättling
(of which this may also be an altered form), a nickname from Middle High German getlinc
GATMAITAN Filipino, Tagalog
From a Hispanicised form of Gat Maitan
, a title meaning "lord of Mait" that was used by rulers of an ancient place named Mait or Maitan.
Gato is a Spanish, Portuguese and Galician word for cat.
A different form of Gadsby
("person from Gaddesby", Leicestershire ("Gaddr's farmstead")). A fictional bearer is Jay Gatsby, the central character of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel 'The Great Gatsby' (1925).
Habitational name from a place so named in Pomerania.
Habitational name from any of various places named with Middle High German gau, göu ‘area of fertile agricultural land’.
Derived from Maltese Għawdex
through Arabic غودش (ġawdeš)
which refers to the island of Gozo in the Maltese archipelago. The name itself is of Phoenician origin (through a Greek borrowing) possibly meaning "turn around"... [more]
Middle High German gougern 'to wander around or stagger', presumably a nickname for someone with a peculiar gait.
This name is believed to have derived "from the town of Gaunt, now Ghent, in Flanders."... [more]
GAVAZANSKY Belarusian, Jewish
Means "from the town of Gavezhno". Gavezhno is a town in Belarus. For more information go here http://www.jewishgen.org/Belarus/newsletter/54surnames.htm
Perhaps an altered spelling of the middle English Gabbett
, which is from a pet form of the personal name GABRIEL
GAY English, French
Nickname for a lighthearted or cheerful person, from Middle English, Old French gai
GAY English, Norman
Habitational name from places in Normandy called Gaye, from an early proprietor bearing a Germanic personal name cognate with Wade.
African spelling, surname form, and variant spelling of Gaia
. It is the 18,784th most frequently used surname in the world. It is borne by approximately 1 in 246,879 people... [more]
This indicates familial origin within the Castilian comarca of Las Merindades.
Possibly a nickname for a cheerful person, derived from the archaic word "gay" meaning "happy". A famous bearer was the American singer Marvin Gaye (1939-1984).
Derived from Slavic gaj
"grove", this name denoted a forest warden.
Derived from Old French gaillard
meaning "high-spirited, boistrous".