Submitted Surnames Starting with G

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Bavarian dialect variant of Gau.
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.
From the middle English Gabbett, which is from a pet form of the personal name GABRIEL.
From given name Gabdrakhim
GABEBiblical Hebrew
From the name Gabriel
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]
From the personal name Gabriele, Italian form of Gabriel.
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.
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.
Means "riverbanks" in Hebrew.
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".
It is assumed that Gadžo derives from the old-Indian gārhya ("domestic") and means farmer, villager, head of the house or husband.
GAFFNEYEnglish (American)
This may sound like the female given name Daphne.
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
Variation of Gagne.
Mingrelian form of the Abkhaz name Dzug-ipa meaning "son of Dzug", the name itself of Adyghe or Circassian origin of unknown meaning.
Variant transcription of Gagulia.
From a personal name Gaida, based on the verb gaidīt meaning ‘to wait for’.
Means "rooster".
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]
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.
Habitational name from a lost or unidentified place.
GALHebrew (Modern)
From the given name Gal (1), means "wave" in Hebrew.
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]
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.
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.
Habitational name for someone from Galew, Galewice, or Galów in the voivodeships of Kalisz, Kielce, or Konin.
GALICKIJewish Polish
A Jewish and Polish surname for someone from a lost location called 'Galice'
GALIEVTatar, Bashkir
Tatar and Bashkir variant of Aliev.
A notable bearer, is astronomer Galileo Galilei.
GALIMOVBashkir, Tatar
Bashkir and Tatar variant of Alimov.
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.
From the given name Galit.
Derived from Russian галка (galka) meaning "jackdaw".
Habitational name for someone from Gałkowo in Suwałki voivodeship or Gałków in Piotrków voivodeship, both places named from gałka meaning ‘knob’, ‘lump’.
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]
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’.
GALURAFilipino, Tagalog
Derived from Kapampangan galura, ultimately from Sanskrit गरुड (garuḍa) referring to a mythical bird in Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain belief.
Variant form of O'Galvin (see also Galvin).
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Castilian municipality in the Province of Toledo.
Variant form of O'Galvin.
Probably from gama ‘fallow deer doe’, feminine form of gamo, possibly as a topographic or habitational name.
GAMALArabic (Egyptian)
From the given name Gamal.
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]
GAMIAOSpanish (Modern, ?)
from a Basque nickname means "good member"
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 "ham").
This name is a last name for the Irish it means Liam Gamon.
Occupational name for a coppersmith, from gana "coating", "verdigris". Possibly also a variant of Ganis.
Proper, non-Castilianized form of Gamboa.
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.
Gangelhoff - German
Arab origin meaning healer
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.
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'.
This surname is written with the character meaning "Tall, High": 高. A notable bearer, is Guiying Gao, a female revolutionary army commander.
Variant of Garay.
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 literally means ''farmhouse''.
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.
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]
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).
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]
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of Oñati in the Comarca of Debagoiena.
Possibly from the given name Gareth.
(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"
From the first name Garrick.
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."
Means "place of the flame" in Basque.
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".
Variant of Gascoigne, which was originally a regional name for someone from the province of Gascony, via Old French Gascogne.
From the Polish gąsior meaning "gander" (male goose).
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.
GASPARIANArmenian (Expatriate)
Variant transcription of Gasparyan used by Armenians living outside of Armenia.
Derived from the given name Gaspar.
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.
The catalan form of "gato" cat
GATAKIGreek (?)
Meaning "kitten" in Greek.
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]
English of uncertain origin; probably a variant of Catlin or Gadling, 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 ‘companion’, ‘kinsman’.
GATLINGEnglish, German (Anglicized)
English variant of Gatlin. Possibly a respelling of German Gättling (see also Gatlin).
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 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]
GAULScottish (Latinized, Rare), Irish, German
Scottish and Irish: variant of Gall ... [more]
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
It literally means "Eurasian sparrowhawk".
GAVINScottish, English
From the given name Gavin.
Perhaps an altered spelling of the middle English Gabbett, which is from a pet form of the personal name GABRIEL.
GAVRANCroatian, Serbian
Means ''raven''.
Variant transcription of Gavriil.
From the given name Gavriil.
Variant transcription of GAVRIILOV.
Means "son of GAVRIIL".
From a medieval nickname meaning "clumsy Roger".
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.
Probably from the Catalan personal name Gai. (Catalan form of the name Gaius).
This indicates familial origin within the Castilian comarca of Las Merindades.
GAYDOSHungarian, English
Anglicized spelling of Hungarian GAJDOS.
Derived from Slavic gaj "grove", this name denoted a forest warden.
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".
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.
probably an Americanized spelling of Gehring
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]
Patronymic from a short form of any of various personal names formed with the Germanic element gar,ger.
Variant of the surname Geers.
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
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]
Means MULBERRY in Italian
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.
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."
From the given name Georgia.
Feminine form of Georgiev.
Means "son of GEORGIY".
Patronymic form of GEORGIOS.
Anglicised form of the Gaelic Mag Oireachtaigh, meaning "son of Oireachtach", which in turn means "member of the assembly".
Derived from the given name Gérald.
Derived from the given name Gerald.
Means "son of Gerald".
From the given name Gerasim.
Means "son of Gerasim".
Patronymic name, coming from "son of Gerhard.
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]
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of Gasteiz.
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Andalusian municipality.
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]
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).
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous section of the municipality of Gernika-Lumo.
From the given name Gerrard.
the son of Oireachtach (member of an assembly).
Diminutive of names containing ger, meaning "spear".
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.
This is an old Germanic name meaning "spear wolf" (ger "spear" and wulf "wolf.")
Meaning: Hill, valley.... [more]
GHANNOUCHIArabic (Maghrebi)
Meaning unknown. A notable bearer is Mohamed Ghannouchi (1941–), the former Prime Minister of Tunisia.
Meaning "black eye".
GHARBIArabic (Maghrebi)
From Arabic غَرْب (ḡarb) meaning "stranger" or "west, Occident" (chiefly Tunisian).
Derived from the given name Ghasem.
GHAZARIANArmenian (Expatriate)
Variant of Ghazaryan used by Armenians living outside Armenia.
Means "son of Lazar".
Means "ice."
Patronymic or plural form of a nickname from Old Italian ghezzo ‘dark’