Submitted Surnames Starting with G

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GAA German
Bavarian dialect variant of GAU.
GABARATY Ossetian
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.
GABBETT English
From the middle English Gabbett, which is from a pet form of the personal name GABRIEL.
GABDRAKHIMOVA Tatar
From given name Gabdrakhim
GABE Biblical Hebrew
From the name Gabriel
GABIRIA Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality.
GABLE English
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]
GABR Arabic
From the given name JABR.
GABRIEL English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian
Derived from the given name GABRIEL.
GABRIELE Italian
From the personal name Gabriele, Italian form of GABRIEL.
GABRIELLA English (American)
Derived from the given name GABRIELLA.
GABRÍELSDÓTTIR Icelandic
Means "daughter of GABRÍEL" in Icelandic.
GABRÍELSSON Icelandic
Means "son of GABRÍEL" in Icelandic.
GADBURY English
Habitational name from Cadborough, alias Gateborough, in Rye, Sussex, probably so named from Old English gāt meaning "goat" + beorg meaning "hill".
GADD Welsh
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.
GADDAM Telugu
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]
GADOT Hebrew
Means "riverbanks" in Hebrew.
GADSBY English
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".
GADŽO Bosnian
It is assumed that Gadžo derives from the old-Indian gārhya ("domestic") and means farmer, villager, head of the house or husband.
GAFFNEY English (American)
This may sound like the female given name DAPHNE
GAGARIN Russian
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.
GAGLIANO Italian
Habitational name from a few places in Italy, which all derived from the Latin personal name Gallius
GAGNEAU French
Variation of GAGNE.
GAGULIA Abkhaz
Mingrelian form of the Abkhaz name Dzug-ipa meaning "son of Dzug", the name itself of Adyghe or Circassian origin of unknown meaning.
GAGULIYA Abkhaz
Variant transcription of GAGULIA.
GAI Jewish
From the given name GAI.
GAIDA Latvian
From a personal name GAIDA, based on the verb gaidīt meaning ‘to wait for’.
GAILIS Latvian
Means "rooster".
GAILĪTIS Latvian
Derived from the word gailis meaning "rooster".
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]
GAINSBOROUGH English
From the city of Gainsborough in Lincolnshire, England. A famous bearer of this surname includes English painter Thomas Gainsborough.
GAINTZA Basque
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 eponymous municipalities, the one in Leitzaldea or the one in Goierri.
GAÍNZA Basque (Hispanicized)
Castilianized form of GAINTZA.
GAISFORD English
Habitational name from a lost or unidentified place.
GAL Hebrew (Modern)
From the given name Gal (1), means "wave" in Hebrew.
GALANG Filipino, Pampangan, Tagalog
Means "respect, reverence" in Kapampangan and Tagalog.
GALANIS Greek
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]
GALANTUOMO Italian
Meaning "gentleman"
GALANTY Jewish, Judeo-Italian
Possibly derived from the Italian GALANTUOMO meaning "gentleman"
GALARTZA Basque
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.
GALASSO Italian
Italianized from GALAHAD.
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.
GALEVSKI Macedonian
Son of Gale
GALEWSKI Polish
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'
GALIEV Tatar, Bashkir
Tatar and Bashkir variant of ALIEV.
GALIJAŠEVIĆ Bosnian
Means "galley worker" or "man from Gaul".... [more]
GALILEI Italian
A notable bearer, is astronomer GALILEO Galilei.
GALIMOV Bashkir, Tatar
Bashkir and Tatar variant of ALIMOV.
GALÍNDEZ Spanish
Patronymic from the personal name GALINDO.
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]
GALIT Filipino, Tagalog
Means "anger" in Tagalog.
GALIT Hebrew
From the given name GALIT.
GALKIN Russian
Derived from Russian галка (galka) meaning "jackdaw".
GAŁKOWSKI Polish
Habitational name for someone from Gałkowo in Suwałki voivodeship or Gałków in Piotrków voivodeship, both places named from gałka meaning ‘knob’, ‘lump’.
GALL Spanish
In fact it is Catalan. See italian Gall... [more]
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]
GALLANT English
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.
GALLATINI Italian (Archaic)
Derived from the given name GALLA and a suffix, meaning "little rooster".
GALLEGOS Spanish
Derived from Spanish gallego meaning "Galician", denoting someone originally from the region of Galicia in northeastern Spain.
GALLONI D'ISTRIA French, Italian
Meaning "Gallons from Istria" in French and Italian.
GALLOWAY Scottish
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]
GALMARINI Italian
Galmarini is a common surname in the Lombardy region of Italy.
GALPIN English
English: occupational name for a messenger or scullion (in a monastery), from Old French galopin ‘page’, ‘turnspit’, from galoper ‘to gallop’.
GALSTYAN Armenian
Means "son of GALUST".
GALT English
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.
GALVAN Irish
Variant form of O'GALVIN (see also GALVIN).
GÁLVEZ Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Castilian municipality in the Province of Toledo.
GALVIN Irish
Variant form of O'GALVIN.
GAMA Portuguese
Probably from gama ‘fallow deer doe’, feminine form of gamo, possibly as a topographic or habitational name.
GAMAL Arabic (Egyptian)
From the given name JAMAL.
GAMBINO Italian
from a diminutive of gamba ‘leg’, probably applied as a nickname for someone with short legs.
GAMBLE English
from the Old Norse byname Gamall meaning "old", which was occasionally used in North England during the Middle Ages as a personal name. ... [more]
GAMELIN French
From pet form of any of the compound personal names formed with gamal, related to Old Norse gamall, Old German gamel "old", "aged". ... [more]
GAMER Jewish
From the Russian pronunciation of HAMER.
GAMIAO Spanish (Modern, ?)
from a Basque nickname means "good member"
GAMIZ Basque
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 Japanese
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]
GAMMELGAARD Danish
Derived from Danish gammel "old" and gård "farm, yard".
GAMMON English
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").
GAMON Irish
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]
GANAS Greek
Occupational name for a coppersmith, from gana "coating", "verdigris". Possibly also a variant of Ganis.
GANBOA Basque
Proper, non-Castilianized form of GAMBOA.
GÁNDARA Galician
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.
GANDIN French
From the French gandin, pronounced /ɡɑ̃dœ̃/, which is a word used for a dandy, an elegant young man with affected, quite often ridiculous, manners.
GANGELHOFF German
Gangelhoff - German
GANGEMI Sicilian, Italian
Arab origin meaning healer
GANGOPADHYAY Bengali
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.
GANN German
Topographic name for someone who lived near an expanse of scree, Middle High German gant.
GANNON Irish
Reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mag Fhionnáin, a patronymic from the personal name FIONNÁN... [more]
GANSER German
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'.
GAO Chinese
From Chinese 高 (gāo) meaning "tall, high".
GARA Hungarian
Variant of GARAY.
GARABEDIAN Armenian
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.
GARAI Basque
It literally means ''farmhouse''.
GARAIKOETXEA Basque
It indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of Hondarribia.
GARATE Basque
Habitational name from a town called Garate in Basque Country, or topographic name, possibly from a derivative of Basque gara ‘height’, ‘peak’.
GARAY Hungarian
Habitational name for someone from a place called Gara.
GARBRANDT Dutch, Low German
Comes from the former Duchy of Brabant.
GARCIYA Sinhalese
Variant of GARCIA used in Sri Lanka.
GARCZYŃSKI Polish
habitational name for someone from a place called Garczyn, in Gdańsk and Siedlce voivodeships.
GARDEA Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of Laudio.
GARDLIN Swedish
Possibly derived from the Swedish word Gård meaning (Garden, or Gardener).
GARFINKEL Yiddish
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]
GARIBAI Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of Oñati in the Comarca of Debagoiena.
GARINGTON English
Possibly from the given name GARETH.
GARLICK English
(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"
GARRICK English
From the first name GARRICK.
GARRIE Italian
DERIVED FROM BEING A BAD MOTHERFUCKER.
GARRIGHAN Irish
to denote 'son of Geargain' a name which originally in derived from 'gearg' which meant grouse but which was often used figuratively for warrior
GARRIGUES French, Provençal
This surname comes from Old Provençal garrique meaning "grove of holm oaks or kermes oaks."
GARRISON English
Patronymic from GARRETT.
GARRO Basque
Means "place of the flame" in Basque.
GARWOOD English
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".
GASCOIGNE English (British)
Originally denoted a person from the province of Gascony in France.
GASCOYNE English
Variant of GASCOIGNE, which was originally a regional name for someone from the province of Gascony, via Old French Gascogne.
GĄSIOR Polish
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.
GĄSIOROWSKI Polish
Habitational name for someone from a place called Gąsiorowo, for example in Kalisz or Poznań voivodeships.
GASKILL English
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.
GASNIER French
From Old French gaaigner meaning "to win, to earn" or "to till, to cultivate", possibly used as an occupational name for a farmer.
GASPARIAN Armenian
Alternate transcription of GASPARYAN.
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.
GASPARYAN Armenian
Means "son of GASPAR".
GASPER English (American, Rare)
Variant of JASPER. George Gasper is a famous American Mathematician.
GAŠPERIČ Slovene
Derived from the given name GAŠPER.
GAŠPERŠIČ Slovene
Derived from the given name GAŠPER.
GASSER German (Swiss)
Occupational name for a goat herd from Middle High German geiz meaning "Goat" and (n)er an agent suffix.
GAST German, Ancient Germanic
From the Ancient Germanic name element Gast.
GAT Spanish
The catalan form of "gato" cat
GATAKI Greek (?)
Meaning "kitten" in Greek.
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.
GATES English
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]
GATLIN English
English of uncertain origin; probably a variant of Catlin or Gadling, a nickname from Old English gœdeling ‘kinsman’, ‘companion’, but also ‘low fellow’.
GATLIN German
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’.
GATLING English, German (Anglicized)
English variant of GATLIN. Possibly a respelling of German Gättling (see also GATLIN).
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 Spanish
Gato is a Spanish, Portuguese and Galician word for cat.
GATSBY English
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).
GATUS Filipino, Tagalog
From Old Tagalog gatos meaning "million" or Cebuano gatos meaning "hundred".
GATZ German
Habitational name from a place so named in Pomerania.
GAU German
Habitational name from any of various places named with Middle High German gau, göu ‘area of fertile agricultural land’.
GAUCI Maltese
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]
GAUGER German
Middle High German gougern 'to wander around or stagger', presumably a nickname for someone with a peculiar gait.
GAUL Scottish (Latinized, Rare), Irish, German
Scottish and Irish: variant of GALL ... [more]
GAUNT English
This name is believed to have derived "from the town of Gaunt, now Ghent, in Flanders."... [more]
GAUTAM Nepali, Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Punjabi
From the given name GAUTAMA.
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
GAVILÁN Spanish
It literally means "Eurasian sparrowhawk".
GAVIN Scottish, English
From the given name GAVIN.
GAVIRIA Basque (Hispanicized)
Castilianized form of GABIRIA.
GAVITT English
Perhaps an altered spelling of the middle English Gabbett, which is from a pet form of the personal name GABRIEL.
GAVRAN Croatian, Serbian
Means "raven".
GAVRIEL Greek
Variant transcription of GAVRIIL.
GAVRIIL Greek
From the given name GAVRIIL.
GAVRIILOV Russian
Variant transcription of GAVRIILOV.
GAVRILOV Russian
Means "son of GAVRIIL".
GAWKRODGER English
From a medieval nickname meaning "clumsy ROGER".
GAWRYCH Polish
Variant of the given 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.
GAY Catalan
Probably from the Catalan personal name GAI. (Catalan form of the name GAIUS).
GAYA African
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]
GAYANGOS Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the Castilian comarca of Las Merindades.
GAYDOS Hungarian, English
Anglicized spelling of Hungarian GAJDOS.
GAYE English
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).
GAYER German
Derived from Slavic gaj "grove", this name denoted a forest warden.
GAYLORD English
Derived from Old French gaillard meaning "high-spirited, boistrous".
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