Submitted Surnames Starting with G

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Gandaloev Ingush (Russified)
Russified form of the Ingush clan name Гӏоандалой (Ghoandaloy), derived from the name of the ancient village of Gandaloy in present-day Ingushetia.
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 (gandhika) meaning "perfumier, perfume seller". Notable bearers include Indian civil rights leader Mohandas Gandhi (1869-1948), also known as Mahatma Gandhi, and Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi (1917-1984).
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.
Gandolfi Italian
Means "son of Gandolf".
Gandolfini Italian
Means "son of Gandolfo", which is derived from the Germanic name Gandolf... [more]
Gandolfo Italian
From the given name Gandolfo.
Ganeko Okinawan (Japanized)
Japanese reading of Japanese Kanji 我如古 (see Ganiku).
Ganeku Okinawan (Japanized, Rare)
Variant reading of Japanese Kanji 我如古 (see Ganeko).
Ganesan Indian
Indian (Kerala, Tamil Nadu): Hindu name from Sanskrit gaṇeṣa ‘lord of the army’ ( see Ganesh ) + the Tamil-Malayalam third-person masculine singular suffix -n. This is found only as a given name in India, but has come to be used as a family name in the U.S.
Gangelhoff German
Gangelhoff - German
Gangemi Sicilian, Italian
Arab origin meaning healer
Gangopadhyay Bengali
From the name of the Ganges River combined with Sanskrit उपाध्याय (upadhyaya) meaning "teacher, instructor, priest".
Ganiko Okinawan (Japanized, Rare)
Variant reading of Japanese Kanji 我如古 (see Ganeko).
Ganiku Okinawan
From Okinawan 我如古 (Ganiku) meaning "Ganeko", an area in Ginowan, Okinawa, Japan.
Ganji Indian
Derived from the Sanskrit word “ganja”, which means “cotton”.
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]
Gans German, Dutch
Meaning "goose", perhaps referring to someone who worked with geese, related to Ganser.
Ganser German
From the Middle High German word ganser meaning "gander", occupational name for a geese shepherd.
Ganta Frisian
Probably a habitational name for someone from Bant, in the 17th century an island in Friesland, now the village north of Emmeloord in the Noordoostpolder.
Gantenbein Romansh
Derived from Romansh canta bein "he or she sings well".
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.
Ganzon Filipino
From Hokkien 顏 (gân) meaning "face, colour, hue" and 孫 (sun) meaning "grandchild".
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.
Garan Japanese (Rare)
From Japanese 伽藍 (garan) meaning "sangharama".
Garand French
nickname or status name from the Old French legal term garant "guarantor". perhaps from a personal name based on the ancient Germanic element warin "protection shelter" or "guard".
Garate Basque
Habitational name from a town called Garate in Basque Country, or topographic name, possibly from a derivative of Basque gara ‘height’, ‘peak’.
Garau Italian
Possibly from a Sardinian modification of the given name Gherardo. Alternately, it may be from a Spanish surname derived from Basque garau "grain, wheat".
Garay Hungarian
Habitational name for someone from a place called Gara.
Garbai Nigerian, Kanuri, Hungarian
Meaning unknown.
Garbrandt Dutch, Low German
Comes from the former Duchy of Brabant.
Garcés Spanish
Meaning "son of García" ultimately from medieval spanish Garsea, using the patronymic suffix és/ez
Garchitorena Spanish (Philippines)
From the Basque surname Gartxitorena meaning "the house of Garchot."
Garczyńska f Polish
Feminine form of Garczyński.
Garczyński Polish
habitational name for someone from a place called Garczyn, in Gdańsk and Siedlce voivodeships.
Garde Indian
Found among the Konkanasth Brahmins, probably from Marathi gəṛda ‘belch’.
Garde French
from Old French garde "watch", "protection"; an occupational name for someone who kept watch or guard, or a topographic name for someone who lived near a vantage point or watchtower.
Gardea Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of Laudio.
Gardlin English (American, Rare)
Possibly an anglicized form of a Swedish surname like Gardelin.
Gareginyan Armenian
Means "son of Garegin".
Garfias Spanish
Nickname from the plural form of regional garfia 'claw paw' a word of Arabic origin.
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]
Garg Indian, Hindi, Punjabi
From Garga, the name of an ancient Hindu sage.
Garibai Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of Oñati in the Comarca of Debagoiena.
Garin Russian
From the given name Garya, a diminutive of Gerasim.
Garington English
Possibly from the given name Gareth.
Garison English
Means “son of Gary”.
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"
Garmendia Basque, Spanish
Garmendia is the surname of a family of the Basque Country region of Guipuzcoa, in Spain. The surname means "wheat mountain" in Basque from gar meaning "wheat" and mendi meaning "mountain"... [more]
Garneau French
From a pet form of the Germanic given name Warinwald, composed of the elements war(in) meaning "guard" and waldan meaning "to govern".
Garnica Spanish
The surname is of local origin, derived from the name of the place where a man once lived or held land. In this instance the surname, Garnica, is derived from the place-name Guernica. Thus, the name Garnica signifies "one who hails from Guernica".
Garrick English
From the first name Garrick.
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.
Garson Scottish, French, English, German (Anglicized), Spanish, Jewish
Variant of Scottish Carson and Corston, French Garçon, Spanish-Jewish Garzon and English Garston, or an Americanised form of German Gerson... [more]
Garten German, Jewish
metonymic occupational name for a gardener or overseer of a garden or enclosure. Originally the term denoted the keeper of an enclosure for deer later of a vineyard or smallholding from Middle High German garte "garden enclosure"... [more]
Gartmann German (Swiss)
Derived from Middle High German garte "garden; yard" and German Mann "man", this was occupational name for a gardener. In some cases it may have been a status name referring to the owner of a small (enclosed or fenced) farm or an occupational name for a worker at a deer preserve.
Garton English
habitational name from Garton or Garton on the Wolds in the East Yorkshire or from various minor places so named from Old English gara "triangular plot of land" and tun "farmstead".
Garufi Italian
Meaning uncertain, possibly related to the Germanic given name Garulf, or to Arabic qaruf "hard, cruel".
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".
Garzia Italian
Italian variant of García.
Gascoigne English
Originally denoted a person from the province of Gascony in France. A famous bearer is the English former soccer player Paul Gascoigne (1967-). Another was the television host and author Bamber Gascoigne (1935-2022).
Gascoine English
Variant form of Gascoigne.
Gascón Spanish
Spanish cognitive of Gascoigne. Habitational name for someone from the province of Gascony Old French Gascogne (see Gascoigne).
Gascon French
French cognitive of Gascoigne. Habitational name for someone from the province of Gascony Old French Gascogne (see Gascoigne).
Gascoyne English
Variant of Gascoigne, which was originally a regional name for someone from the province of Gascony, via Old French Gascogne.
Gascueña Spanish
It indicates familial origin within either of 2 Manchego municipalities: Gascueña or Gascueña de Bornova.
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.
Gąsiorowska f Polish
Feminine form of Gąsiorowski.
Gąsiorowski Polish
Name for someone from a place called Gąsiorowo or Gąsiorów, both derived from Polish gąsior meaning "gander".
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.
Gasmi Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from the given name Qasim.
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.
Gašpar Croatian, Slovene, Czech, Slovak
From the given name Gašpar.
Gasparian Armenian
Alternate transcription of Gasparyan.
Gašparić Croatian
Patronymic, meaning "son of Gašpar".
Gašparini Istriot
Croatian (Istria) cognate of the Italian surname Gasparini.
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.
Gassaway German
From the word gasse meaning "alley, street".
Gasser German (Swiss)
Occupational name for a goat herd from Middle High German geiz meaning "Goat" and (n)er an agent suffix.
Gassie Scottish
A pet form of Cass.
Gassmann German, Jewish
From German Gasse or Yiddish גאַס (gas), both from Middle High German gazze, meaning "street", denoting someone who lived in a street of a city, town or village.... [more]
Gast German, Germanic
From the Ancient Germanic name element gast.
Gastelum Spanish
Hispanic (Mexico): Probably An Altered Form Of Basque Gaztelu (See Gastelo ).
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.
Gatdula Filipino, Tagalog
This surname honors Lakan Dula, the last ruler of the Kingdom of Tondo, via his alternative name Gat Dula. In it, the word or prefix Gat is a shortened version of the Tagalog honorific Pamagat, which at the time meant "nobleman," while Dula possibly means "palace." Altogether, it means "Nobleman of the Palace."
Gatenby English
Derives from the place of Gatenby in North Yorkshire, which comes from an Old Norse personal name "Gaithen", likely from Old Norse geitin "goats" (later influenced by Old English gāt "goat") and the suffix býr "farm, settlement", referring to a settlement with goats... [more]
Gäthje German
Variant of Gathje.
Gathje German
Meaning unknown.
Gatica Medieval Spanish
The name appeared sometime after the War of the Bucket and is assumed to mean "bestowed spiritual recognition".
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.
Gatoh Japanese
Variant transcription of Gato.
Gatou Japanese
Variant transcription of Gato.
Gattini Italian
Means "kitten, little cat" in Italian.
Gatto Italian
Derived from Old Italian gatto meaning "cat", ultimately from Late Latin cattus. This was a nickname for a person who resembled a cat in some way.
Gatton English
Gat means "goat" and ton from tun means "enclosure".
Gattuso Italian, Sicilian
Sicilian and Calabrian variant of Gatto, notably borne by the Italian former soccer player Gennaro Gattuso (1978-).
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.
Gätzi German (Swiss)
Derived from a short form of the given name Pancratius.
Gau German
Habitational name from any of various places named with Middle High German gau, göu ‘area of fertile agricultural land’.
Gaubert French
From the given name Gaubert.
Gaucher French
Means "left-handed" in French.
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]
Gaudenz Romansh
Derived from the given name Gaudenz.
Gaudet Louisiana Creole
Derived from the Germanic personal name Waldo (from waldan ‘to govern’).
Gaudin French
From the Old French personal name Gaudin Norman French Waldin Waudin a pet form of ancient Germanic names based on the element wald "rule power".
Gaudioso Italian, Spanish
From the given name Gaudioso.
Gaudreault French (Quebec)
Diminutive of Gaudier, a variant of Gauthier.
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 Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Punjabi, Nepali
From the given name Gautama.
Gauvain French
From the given name Gauvain.
Gavazansky Belarusian
Means "from the town of Gavezhno". Gavezhno is a town in Belarus.
Gavazzi Italian
Means "revelry, merrymaking, riot" in Italian.
Gavilán Spanish
It literally means "Eurasian sparrowhawk".
Gavin Scottish, English
From the given name Gavin.
Gavino Italian
From the given name Gavino.
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.
Gavrailov m Bulgarian
Means "son of Gavrail".
Gavrailova f Bulgarian
Feminine form of Gavrailov.
Gavran Croatian, Serbian
Means "raven".
Gavriel Greek
Variant transcription of Gavriil.
Gavriil Greek
From the given name Gavriil.
Gavriiloglou Greek
Patronymic meaning "son of Gavriil", from the given name Gavriil combined with the Turkish suffix -oğlu meaning "son of".
Gavriilov Russian
Variant transcription of Gavriilov.
Gavril Romanian
From the given name Gavril.
Gavrilescu Romanian
Means "son of Gavril" in Romanian.
Gavrilin Russian
From the given name Gavriil.
Gavrilov Russian
Means "son of Gavriil".
Gavrilova f Russian
Feminine form of Gavrilov.
Gawel Polish, English (Americanized), German (Germanized)
Variant of Gaweł, particularly outside of Poland.
Gaweł Polish
From the given name Gaweł.
Gawkrodger English
From a medieval nickname meaning "clumsy Roger".
Gawoł Polish (Rare)
Silesian variant of Gaweł.
Gawrych Polish
Variant of the given name "Gabriel".
Gawthrop English
habitational name from any of several places in Yorkshire and Lancashire called Gawthorpe or Gowthorpe all of which are named from Old Norse gaukr "cuckoo" and þorp "enclosure" meaning "village where cuckoo's frequented".
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]
Gayakwad Indian, Marathi
From a nickname derived from Marathi गाय (gay) meaning "cow" and कवाड (kavad) meaning "door".
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).
Gayen Bengali
Occupational name for a singer or bard of traditional Bengali music, ultimately derived from Sanskrit गै (gai) meaning "to sing".
Gayer German
Derived from Slavic gaj "grove", this name denoted a forest warden.
Gayheart German (Anglicized), French (Anglicized)
Americanised form of German Gerhardt or possibly French Jolicoeur. A famous bearer is American actress Rebecca Gayheart (1971-).
Gayler English (American)
Variant of Gaylord
Gaylord English
Derived from Old French gaillard meaning "high-spirited, boistrous".
Gazaev Ossetian (Russified)
Russified form of an Ossetian name most likely derived from Ossetian гæзæмæ (gæzæmæ) meaning "few, little, rare".