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GAAGerman
Bavarian dialect variant of Gau.
GABARATYOssetian
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.
GABBETTEnglish
From the middle English Gabbett, which is from a pet form of the personal name GABRIEL.
GABDRAKHIMOVATatar
From given name Gabdrakhim
GABEBiblical Hebrew
From the name Gabriel
GABIRIABasque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality.
GABLEEnglish
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]
GABRIELEItalian
From the personal name Gabriele, Italian form of Gabriel.
GADBURYEnglish
Habitational name from Cadborough, alias Gateborough, in Rye, Sussex, probably so named from Old English gāt meaning "goat" + beorg meaning "hill".
GADDWelsh
Means "battlefield" in Welsh. Comes from the Welsh word gad which means battlefield.
GADDAFIArabic (Maghrebi), Northern African
From the name of an Libyan Berber tribe named Qadhadhfa, possibly meaning "thrower, archer" from Arabic قَذَفَ (qaḏafa) meaning "to throw". A famous bearer was Muammar Gaddafi (1942–2011), a Libyan politician and revolutionary.
GADOTHebrew
Means "riverbanks" in Hebrew.
GADSBYEnglish
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 "settlement".
GADŽOBosnian
It is assumed that Gadžo derives from the old-Indian gārhya ("domestic") and means farmer, villager, head of the house or husband.
GAGARINRussian
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.
GAGLIANOItalian
Habitational name from a few places in Italy, which all derived from the Latin personal name Gallius
GAGNEAUFrench
Variation of Gagne.
GAGULIAAbkhaz
Mingrelian form of the Abkhaz name Dzug-ipa meaning "son of Dzug", the name itself of Adyghe or Circassian origin of unknown meaning.
GAGULIYAAbkhaz
Variant transcription of Gagulia.
GAIDALatvian
From a personal name Gaida, based on the verb gaidīt meaning ‘to wait for’.
GAILISLatvian
Means "rooster".
GAILĪTISLatvian
Derived from the word gailis meaning "rooster".
GAINESEnglish, 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]
GAINSBOROUGHEnglish
From the city of Gainsborough in Lincolnshire, England. A famous bearer of this surname includes English painter Thomas Gainsborough.
GAINTZABasque
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 eponymous municipalities, the one in Leitzaldea or the one in Goierri.
GAISFORDEnglish
Habitational name from a lost or unidentified place.
GALHebrew (Modern)
From the given name Gal (1), means "wave" in Hebrew.
GALANISGreek
Means 'someone with blue, pale eyes', derived from the Greek "galanos", meaning 'azure', 'milky' or 'blue'.
GALANTEItalian, 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]
GALARTZABasque
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.
GALASSOItalian
Italianized from GALAHAD.
GALBRAITHScottish, 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.
GALEWSKIPolish
Habitational name for someone from Galew, Galewice, or Galów in the voivodeships of Kalisz, Kielce, or Konin.
GALIEVTatar, Bashkir
Tatar and Bashkir variant of Aliev.
GALILEIItalian
A notable bearer, is astronomer Galileo Galilei.
GALIMOVBashkir, Tatar
Bashkir and Tatar variant of Alimov.
GALÍNDEZSpanish
Patronymic from the personal name Galindo.
GALINDOSpanish, Aragonese
From the medieval personal name Galindo, of predominantly Aragonese origin and distribution, but of unknown etymology.
GALISHOFFUpper 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]
GALITFilipino, Tagalog
Means "anger" in Tagalog.
GALITHebrew
From the given name Galit.
GALKINRussian
Derived from Russian галка (galka) meaning "jackdaw".
GAŁKOWSKIPolish
Habitational name for someone from Gałkowo in Suwałki voivodeship or Gałków in Piotrków voivodeship, both places named from gałka meaning ‘knob’, ‘lump’.
GALLSpanish
In fact it is Catalan. See italian Gall... [more]
GALLScottish, 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]
GALLANTEnglish
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.
GALLEGOSSpanish
Derived from Spanish gallego meaning "Galician", denoting someone originally from the region of Galicia in northeastern Spain.
GALLOWAYScottish
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]
GALPINEnglish
English: occupational name for a messenger or scullion (in a monastery), from Old French galopin ‘page’, ‘turnspit’, from galoper ‘to gallop’.
GALURAFilipino, Tagalog
Derived from Kapampangan galura, ultimately from Sanskrit गरुड (garuḍa) referring to a mythical bird in Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain belief.
GALVANIrish
Variant form of O'Galvin (see also Galvin).
GÁLVEZSpanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Castilian municipality in the Province of Toledo.
GALVINIrish
Variant form of O'Galvin.
GAMAPortuguese
Probably from gama ‘fallow deer doe’, feminine form of gamo, possibly as a topographic or habitational name.
GAMALArabic (Egyptian)
From the given name Gamal.
GAMBINOItalian
from a diminutive of gamba ‘leg’, probably applied as a nickname for someone with short legs.
GAMBLEEnglish
from the Old Norse byname Gamall meaning "old", which was occasionally used in North England during the Middle Ages as a personal name. ... [more]
GAMELINFrench
From pet form of any of the compound personal names formed with gamal, related to Old Norse gamall, Old German gamel "old", "aged". ... [more]
GAMIAOSpanish (Modern, ?)
from a Basque nickname means "good member"
GAMIZBasque
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.
GAMMONEnglish
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 "ham").
GAMONIrish
This name is a last name for the Irish it means Liam Gamon.
GANASGreek
Occupational name for a coppersmith, from gana "coating", "verdigris". Possibly also a variant of Ganis.
GANBOABasque
Proper, non-Castilianized form of Gamboa.
GÁNDARAGalician
It refers to a type of unproductive wetland, of alluvial origin, rich in gravel and sand.
GANDHIIndian, Marathi, Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil
Means "perfume seller", derived from Sanskrit गन्ध (gandha) meaning "odour, fragrance, perfume". Notable bearers include Mahatma Mohandas Gandhi (1869-1948), an Indian civil rights and independence leader, and Indira Gandhi (1917-1984), the first female Prime Minister of India.
GANGELHOFFGerman
Gangelhoff - German
GANGEMISicily
Arab origin meaning healer
GANGOPADHYAYBengali
From the name of the Ganges River (also the name of a villge) combined with Sanskrit उपाध्याय (upadhyaya) meaning "teacher, instructor, priest".
GANJOOIndian, 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.
GANNONIrish
Reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mag Fhionnáin, a patronymic from the personal name Fionnán. This name, from a diminutive of fionn ‘white’, ‘fair’, was borne by several early Irish saints.
GANUSRussian, 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.
GANZGerman, 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'.
GAOChinese
This surname is written with the character meaning "Tall, High": 高. A notable bearer, is Guiying Gao, a female revolutionary army commander.
GARAHungarian
Variant of Garay.
GARABEDIANArmenian
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.
GARAIBasque
It literally means ''farmhouse''.
GARATEBasque
Habitational name from a town called Garate in Basque Country, or topographic name, possibly from a derivative of Basque gara ‘height’, ‘peak’.
GARAYHungarian
Habitational name for someone from a place called Gara.
GARBOItalian
Either (i) from the via del Garbo, the name of a street in Florence that in former times was the place of work of spinners, weavers, etc. of lana del Garbo "wool from the Algarve" in Portugal; or (ii) probably from a medieval Italian nickname for an urbane or well-mannered person (from Italian garbo "polite, kind")... [more]
GARCZYŃSKIPolish
habitational name for someone from a place called Garczyn, in Gdańsk and Siedlce voivodeships.
GARDEABasque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of Laudio.
GARDLINSwedish
Possibly derived from the Swedish word Gård meaning (Garden, or Gardener).
GARFINKELYiddish
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).
GARFUNKELJewish, Yiddish
From גאָרפֿינקל‎ (gorfinkl), "carbuncle" in Yiddish, which in turns derives from German Karfunkel. A notable bearer of this surname is Art Garfunkel.... [more]
GARIBAIBasque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of Oñati in the Comarca of Debagoiena.
GARINGTONEnglish
Possibly from the given name Gareth.
GARLICKEnglish
(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"
GARNETTEnglish
United kingdom
GARRIEItalian
DERIVED FROM BEING A BAD MOTHERFUCKER.
GARRIGHANIrish
to denote 'son of Geargain' a name which originally in derived from 'gearg' which meant grouse but which was often used figuratively for warrior
GARRIGUESFrench, Provençal
This surname comes from Old Provençal garrique meaning "grove of holm oaks or kermes oaks."
GARROBasque
Means "place of the flame" in Basque.
GĄSIORPolish
From the Polish gąsior meaning "gander" (male goose).
GĄSIOROWSKIPolish
Habitational name for someone from a place called Gąsiorowo, for example in Kalisz or Poznań voivodeships.
GASKILLEnglish
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.
GASPARIANArmenian (Expatriate)
Variant transcription of Gasparyan used by Armenians living outside of Armenia.
GASPAROVRussian
Derived from the given name Gaspar.
GASPARYANArmenian
Means "son of Gaspar".
GASSERGerman (Swiss)
Occupational name for a goat herd from Middle High German geiz meaning "Goat" and (n)er an agent suffix.
GATSpanish
The catalan form of "gato" cat
GATAKIGreek (?)
Meaning "kitten" in Greek.
GATESEnglish
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)... [more]
GATLINEnglish
English of uncertain origin; probably a variant of Catlin or Gadling, a nickname from Old English gœdeling ‘kinsman’, ‘companion’, but also ‘low fellow’.
GATLINGerman
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 ‘companion’, ‘kinsman’.
GATLINGEnglish, German (Anglicized)
English variant of Gatlin. Possibly a respelling of German Gättling (see also Gatlin).
GATOSpanish
Gato is a Spanish, Portuguese and Galician word for cat.
GATSBYEnglish
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).
GAUGerman
Habitational name from any of various places named with Middle High German gau, göu ‘area of fertile agricultural land’.
GAULScottish (Latinized, Rare), Irish, German
Scottish and Irish: variant of Gall ... [more]
GAUTIERFrench
Variant of Gauthier. In this spelling, the name has been established in both Italy (Turin) and Germany (Brunswick) since about 1700
GAVAZANSKYBelarusian, 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
GAVILÁNSpanish
It literally means "Eurasian sparrowhawk".
GAVINScottish, English
From the given name Gavin.
GAVITTEnglish
Perhaps an altered spelling of the middle English Gabbett, which is from a pet form of the personal name GABRIEL.
GAVRANCroatian, Serbian
Means ''raven''.
GAVRIELGreek
Variant transcription of Gavriil.
GAVRIILGreek
From the given name Gavriil.
GAVRIILOVRussian
Variant transcription of GAVRIILOV.
GAVRILOVRussian
Means "son of GAVRIIL".
GAWKRODGEREnglish
From a medieval nickname meaning "clumsy Roger".
GAWRYCHPolish
Variant of the given name "Gabriel".
GAYEnglish, French
Nickname for a lighthearted or cheerful person, from Middle English, Old French gai.
GAYEnglish, Norman
Habitational name from places in Normandy called Gaye, from an early proprietor bearing a Germanic personal name cognate with Wade.
GAYCatalan
Probably from the Catalan personal name Gai. (Catalan form of the name Gaius).
GAYANGOSSpanish
This indicates familial origin within the Castilian comarca of Las Merindades.
GAYDOSHungarian, English
Anglicized spelling of Hungarian GAJDOS.
GAYERGerman
Derived from Slavic gaj "grove", this name denoted a forest warden.
GAYLORDEnglish
Derived from Old French gaillard meaning "high-spirited, boistrous".
GAZAEVOssetian (Russified)
Russified form of an Ossetian name most likely derived from Ossetian гæзæмæ (gæzæmæ) meaning "few, little, rare".
GAZDANTYOssetian
Possibly derived from Arabic غَازِي (ḡāzī) meaning "hero, champion".
GAZDIEVIngush (Russified), Ossetian (Russified)
Russified form of an Ingush and Ossetian surname derived from the name of an Ingush teip (clan) of unknown meaning, possibly of Turkic origin. The name is mainly found in present-day Ingushetia and North Ossetia-Alania.
GEARHARTEnglish (American)
Americanized spelling of German Gierhard, a variant of Gerhardt.
GEARINGEnglish
probably an Americanized spelling of Gehring
GEBHARDTGerman
From a Germanic given name composed of the elements geb "gift" and hard "hardy", "brave", "strong".
GEDDESScottish, Irish
There is a place of this name in Nairn, but the name is more likely to be a patronymic from Geddie.
GEEIrish, Scottish, English, French
Irish and Scottish: reduced form of McGee, Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Aodha ‘son of Aodh’ (see McCoy). ... [more]
GEERSDutch
Patronymic from a short form of any of various personal names formed with the Germanic element gar,ger.
GEERTSDutch
Variant of the surname Geers.
GEESONIrish
This unusual name is the patronymic form of the surname Gee, and means "son of Gee", from the male given name which was a short form of male personal names such as "Geoffrey", "George" and "Gerard"... [more]
GEEVARGHESEIndian (Christian)
From the given name Geevarghese, used by Malayalam-speaking Saint Thomas Christians.
GEISSLERRASpanish (Caribbean)
Name found in Cuba and Argentina from German Ancestors
GELEYNSEDutch
The name Geleynse originated in the Netherlands in the 1400s from a carpenter who went by the name of Jakob Geleijnsen
GELLERYiddish, German, Russian
The name may derive from the German word "gellen" (to yell) and mean "one who yells." It may derive from the Yiddish word "gel" (yellow) and mean the "yellow man" or from the Yiddish word "geler," an expression for a redheaded man... [more]
GELSOItalian
Means MULBERRY in Italian
GELSOMINOItalian
From the Italian word gelsomino, meaning "jasmine"
GENTOOIndian, Telugu, Portuguese
It is a Telugu name, most likely meaning "Gentile". It was first used by the Portuguese.
GENTRYFrench
From the English word, which is in turn from French gentrie, referring to that which is "noble," or the "nobility." From earlier gentillece, which was originally from gentil, "refinement."
GEORGEEnglish, French, German
Derived from the given name George.
GEORGIAEnglish
From the given name Georgia.
GEORGIEVABulgarian
Feminine form of Georgiev.
GEORGIYEVRussian
Means "son of GEORGIY".
GEORGOPOULOSGreek
Patronymic form of GEORGIOS.
GÉRALDFrench
Derived from the given name Gérald.
GERALDEnglish
Derived from the given name Gerald.
GERALDSONEnglish
Means "son of Gerald".
GERASIMENKOUkrainian
From the given name Gerasim.
GERASIMOVRussian
Means "son of Gerasim".
GERDESGerman
Patronymic name, coming from "son of Gerhard.
GEREEnglish
Variant of Geer, Gehr or Geary, all related to the Old High German element gēr (Old English gār, Old Norse geirr) meaning "spear, arrow". A famous bearer is American actor Richard Gere (b... [more]
GEREÑABasque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of Gasteiz.
GERENASpanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Andalusian municipality.
GERLINGGerman
German patronymic from a short form of a Germanic personal name beginning with the element gar, ger ‘spear’, ‘lance’.
GERMANEnglish, Norman, German, Jewish, Greek
From Old French germain meaning "German". This sometimes denoted an actual immigrant from Germany, but was also used to refer to a person who had trade or other connections with German-speaking lands... [more]
GERMANOTTAItalian
Possibly derived from Germano by adding a diminutive suffix. Most common in the Messina area in Sicily. A famous bearer of the surname is singer Lady Gaga (Stefani Germanotta).
GERNIKABasque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous section of the municipality of Gernika-Lumo.
GERRARDEnglish
From the given name Gerrard.
GERRITYIrish
the son of Oireachtach (member of an assembly).
GERSHONEnglish, Hebrew
Hebrew One of the tribes of Israel ... [more]
GERTHGerman (Swiss)
From a reduced form of Gerhardt. Habitational name for someone from Gerthe near Bochum.
GERTSCHGerman (Swiss)
From a short form of any of the Germanic personal names formed with gēr meaning ‘spear’, ‘lance’.
GERVAISEnglish, French
From the French given name Gervais.
GERWULFGerman
This is an old Germanic name meaning "spear wolf" (ger "spear" and wulf "wolf.")
GETTYIrish
Meaning: Hill, valley.... [more]
GHANNOUCHIArabic (Maghrebi)
Meaning unknown. A notable bearer is Mohamed Ghannouchi (1941–), the former Prime Minister of Tunisia.
GHARAGOZLOUPersian
Meaning "black eye".
GHARBIArabic (Maghrebi)
From Arabic غَرْب (ḡarb) meaning "stranger" or "west, Occident" (chiefly Tunisian).
GHASEMIPersian
Derived from the given name Ghasem.
GHAZARIANArmenian (Expatriate)
Variant of Ghazaryan used by Armenians living outside Armenia.
GHAZARYANArmenian
Means "son of Lazar".
GHEATARomanian
Means "ice."
GHEZZIItalian
Patronymic or plural form of a nickname from Old Italian ghezzo ‘dark’
GHORBANIPersian
Derived from Arabic قُرْبَان (qurbān) meaning "sacrifice", referring to the Islamic practise Qurbani of slaughtering a livestock animal for Eid al-Adha.
GHOSHBengali, Indian
Means "cowherder" or "milkman" from Sanskrit गो (gó) meaning "cow, cattle, ox".
GHOSHALIndian, Bengali
Possibly derived from the surname Ghosh.
GIANFRANCESCOItalian
From a compound personal name composed of Gianni + Francesco.
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