Submitted Surnames Starting with G

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GOJKOVIĆ Serbian
Serbian patronymic surname, derived from the masculine given name GOJKO.
GÖKÇE Turkish
Means "celestial, heavenly, sky" in Turkish.
GOLA Italian
Topographic name from gola "mountain hollow, cavity".
GOLAB Polish
Nickname for a mild-mannered or peace-loving man, from Polish golab "dove".
GOLAN Jewish
Israeli ornamental name from the Golan Heights in Israel.
GOŁAŃCZ Polish
It denotes that a family originated in the eponymous Greater Polish town.
GOLD English, German
From Old English, Old High German gold "gold", applied as a metonymic occupational name for someone who worked in gold, i.e. a refiner, jeweler, or gilder, or as a nickname for someone who either had many gold possessions or bright yellow hair.
GOLD Jewish
Ornamental name from modern German Gold, Yiddish gold "gold". In North America it is often a reduced form of one of the many compound ornamental names of which Gold is the first element.
GOLD English
From an Old English personal name Golda (or the feminine Golde), which persisted into the Middle Ages as a personal name. The name was in part a byname from gold "gold", and in part a short form of the various compound names with this first element.
GOLDBERG German, Jewish, Danish
From German gold 'gold' and -berg, meaning 'gold-mountain'.
GOLDEN English
From the English word golden which is the yellow color.
GOLDMAN German, Jewish
Possibly meaning goldsmith in German, from Gold and Mann.... [more]
GOLDRING German, English, Jewish
This surname was probably given to someone who wore a gold ring.
GOLDRING Scottish
Scottish: habitational name from Goldring in the bailiary of Kylestewart.
GOLDSCHMID German
Variant spelling of GOLDSCHMIDT.
GOLDSCHMITT German
Variant of GOLDSCHMIDT, meaning "gold smith" in German.
GOLDSMITH English
Occupational name for a worker in gold, a compound of Old English gold "gold" and smið "smith". In North America it is very often an English translation of German or Jewish GOLDSCHMIDT.
GOLDSTEIN Jewish
Ornamental name composed of German Gold "gold" and Stein "stone".
GOLDSWORTHY Cornish
Means "field of feast," from the Cornish gol-erewy.
GOLDWASSER German
German form of the anglicised surname GOLDWATER.
GOLDWATER German (Anglicized), Jewish (Anglicized)
This name is an Anglicized form of the German or Ashkenazic ornamental surname 'Goldwasser', or 'Goldvasser'. The name derives from the German or Yiddish gold', gold, with 'wasser', water, and is one of the very many such compound ornamental names formed with 'gold', such as 'Goldbaum', golden tree, 'Goldbert', golden hill, 'Goldkind', golden child, 'Goldrosen', golden roses, and 'Goldstern', golden star.
GOLOMB Polish
Variant of GOLAB.
GOLOMB Jewish
Ornamental name from Polish golab "dove" (from Latin columba "dove").
GOLOVKIN Russian
Masculine form of Golovkina
GOLSTON English
The Gol part has uncertain meaning, but Ton means "Town".
GOLUB Croatian
Means "pigeon".
GOLUBOVEC Croatian
From golub meaning ''pigeon''.
GOŁYŃSKI Polish
This indicates familial origin within the Masovian village of Gołyń.
GOMBERT French, German
French and German: from GUNDBERT, a Germanic personal name composed of the elements gund ‘battle’ + berht ‘bright’, ‘famous’... [more]
GONCHAROV Russian
From gonchar, meaning "potter".
GONDEK Polish
From the given name GODZISŁAW.
GONELLA Italian
Means "short skirt," in Italian, as in a piece of armor.
GONGORA Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of Aranguren in the Navarrese comarca of Iruñerria.
GOÑI Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Navarrese municipality.
GONYEAU French
Respelling of French GAGNON, found predominantly in New England, possibly also of GAGNEAU, from a diminutive of GAGNE.
GONZAGA Spanish, Portuguese
Habitational name for someone from a location called Gonzaga in Mantua, Italy. This was the name of an Italian family that ruled Mantua from 1328 to 1708.
GONZE French
My family surname originated in southern French-speaking Belgium. There is a tiny village called Gonzeville in northern France near the Belgian border which you can find on Wikipedia. Many surnames from French speaking Belgium have 5 or 6 letters and end in -ze, such as Gonze and Meeze... [more]
GOODALL English
Habitational name from Gowdall in East Yorkshire, named from Old English golde "marigold" and Old English halh "nook, recess".
GOODALL English
From Middle English gode "good" and ale "ale, malt liquor", hence a metonymic occupational name for a brewer or an innkeeper.
GOODCHILD Anglo-Saxon
A name used from the middle ages around the Anglo-Saxon period. It is also the surname of basketball player Miela Goodchild (DOB Unknown).
GOODENOUGH English
From a medieval nickname probably applied either to someone of average abilities or to an easily satisfied person; also, perhaps from a medieval nickname meaning "good servant".
GOODERHAM Danish
It is derived from a personal name, originally "Gudormr", which has the rather unusual translation of "battle-snake".
GOODFELLOW English
Generally explained as a nickname meaning 'good fellow' or 'good companion'.
GOODFRIEND English
Nickname for a reliable friend or neighbor, from Middle English gode meaning "good", and frend meaning "friend". It is an English translation and cognate of German Gutfreund, from Middle High German guot meaning "good" and vriunt meaning "friend".
GOODING English
The name Gooding comes from the baptismal name for "the son of Godwin"
GOODKIND English (Rare)
From the English words "good kind".
GOODLOE English
Goodloe traces back to the English GIDLOW. The first recorded use of the name is from 1291; Robert de Gidlow was a freeholder in Aspull, Lancanshire, United Kingdom and the name occurs frequently down to the 17th century... [more]
GOODSON English
Nickname for a dutiful son, from Middle English gode ‘good’ + sone ‘son’.
GOODY Medieval English
From Middle English god dai ‘good day’, possibly applied as a nickname for someone who frequently used this greeting.... [more]
GOODYEAR English (American), English (Canadian)
Derived from the Medieval English phrase goodyeare, literally meaning "good year".
GOOS German
See: http://www.houseofnames.com/goos-family-crest... [more]
GOOT English
Variant of GOOD.
GÓRA Polish
A Polish and Jewish name that means; ‘mountain’, ‘hill’, hence a topographic name for someone who lived on a hillside or in a mountainous district, or perhaps a nickname for a large person
GORBACHEV Russian
From Russian горбач (gorbach) meaning "hunchback, humpback". A notable bearer is Mikhail Gorbachev (1931-), a former Soviet politician.
GORBACHYOV Russian
Alternate transcription of GORBACHEV.
GORDILLO Spanish
Derived from the Spanish pet form of fat, "gordito"
GOREN Jewish
Jewish (Ashkenazic) altered form of HORN (5), under Russian influence; since Russian has no h and alters h in borrowed words to g. In Israel the name has been reinterpreted by folk etymology as being from Hebrew goren 'threshing floor', which is in fact etymologically and semantically unrelated.
GORGA Italian
Topographic name from Sicilian gorga, Catalan gorg(a) ‘place where water collects’, ‘mill pond’, ‘gorge’.
GORHAM English
A name originating from Kent, England believed to come from the elements gara and ham meaning "from a triangular shaped homestead." Compare GORE.
GÖRING German
German surname most commonly associated with Nazi Party leader, HERMANN Göring.
GÖRLITZ German
The name of a small town in Saxony. Derived from old Sorbian word "Zgorelc" meaning "settlement on a burned-out forest."
GORMLEY Irish (Anglicized)
Anglicised form of Ó Gormghaile meaning "descendant of Gormghal," Gormghal, a personal name, being derived from gorm meaning "noble, (dark) blue" and gal meaning "valour, ardour."
GORRINGE English
Derived from the name of the village of Goring-by-the-Sea in Sussex
GORRITI Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Navarrese locality.
GORSKY Russian
Russian form of Gorski.
GORSUCH English
Habitational name from the hamlet of Gorsuch, Lancashire, earlier Gosefordsich, derived from Old English gosford meaning "goose ford" and sic meaning "small stream".
GÖSCHEN German, North German
Patronymic from the German given name GOTTSCHALK.
GOSCINNY Polish
Derived from Polish adjective gościnny from word gość meaning 'guest'.
GOSHEN Jewish
Variant of German Goschen.
GOSLING English
1. variant of Joslin - see JOCELYN, JOCELYN. ... [more]
GOSWAMI Indian, Bengali, Hindi, Assamese, Marathi
Hindu surname derived from Sanskrit गो (go) meaning "cow, ox" or "earth" combined with स्वामी (svāmī) meaning "master, lord".
GOTHAM English
English: habitational name from Gotham in Nottinghamshire, so named from Old English gat ‘goat’ + ham ‘homestead’ or hamm ‘water meadow’.
GOTLIBE Yiddish
Yiddish form of GOTTLIEB.
GOTO Japanese
It is written three ways: Go meaning "Behind", To meaning "Wisteria", or Go meaning "Five" and To meaning "Island". This is considered a common Japanese surname. The Wisteria part is thought to be linked to the FUJIWARA clan... [more]
GOTOH Japanese
The same as GOTO.
GÖTZE German
In the 15th century used in the sense of "fool, stupid person", presumably influenced by Götz, a short form of the given name GOTTFRIED.
GOUDIER German
Germanic patronym from "godhari" meaning "army of God".
GOUGH Welsh
Nickname for a red-haired person, from Welsh coch "red".
GOUGH Irish
Reduced form of MCGOUGH.
GOULDING English
From the late Old English personal name GOLDING, which was derived from GOLDA (or the feminine form GOLDE) and the patronymic suffix -ing.... [more]
GOULTER English (Rare)
This very unusual name has long been recorded in England but perhaps surprisingly as a Norman personal name. The first recording in England was as "Galterii" which appears in the Domesday Book of 1086 for London as a French form of the Olde German "Walter" translating as "Mighty Army".
GOURKUÑV Breton
Breton combination of gour and kuñv meaning "a charming, affable, gentle or conciliatory man". The digraph -ff was introduced by Middle Ages' authors to indicate a nasalized vowel.
GOURMAUD French
A famous bearer is a journalist well known from the educational TV, JAMY Gourmaud
GOUWELEEUW Dutch (Rare, Archaic)
Surname from the Netherlands meaning 'Golden Lion'
GOVANI Indian
The meaning of the word is made up of two parts i.e. Go and vani ... [more]
GOW Scottish
Occupational name from Gaelic gobha "smith".
GOWAN Irish
Reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Gobhann ‘descendant of the smith’.
GOYA Japanese (Rare)
This may be wrong---- This is variously written. It is usually written with characters meaning "Barbarian Room" or "Give Room". This is mostly in the Ryukyu Islands. ... [more]
GOYAL Indian
Variant of GOEL.
GOYCOECHEA Basque (Spanish)
Castilianized form of GOIKOETXEA.
GOYENECHE Basque (Spanish)
Castilianized form of GOIENETXE.
GOZAR Filipino
A filipino surname from the Spanish word "gozar," meaning "to enjoy."
GOZON Chinese (Filipino)
From Min Nan 五孫 (gō͘-sun) or 五孙 (gō͘-sun) meaning "fifth grandchild".
GRAAF Dutch
proper noun: Count
GRABAREK Polish
Occupational name from a diminutive of grabarz ‘grave digger’.
GRĄBCZEWSKI Polish
It indicates familial origin within the Masovian village of Grąbczewo.
GRABE German
Topographic name for someone who lived by a dike or ditch, or habitational name from either of two places in Thuringia named with this word: Grabe and Graba.
GRABENSTEIN German
Habitational name from Grafenstein near Wohlau, Silesia.
GRABLE German
Means "digger of ditches or graves" (from a derivative of Middle High German graben "ditch"). A famous bearer was US actress, dancer and singer Betty Grable (1916-1973).
GRABOWSKI Polish
From grab "hornbeam" or grabarz "gravedigger".
GRACE English
From the given name GRACE
GRADEN Scottish
Habitational name from the lands of Graden in Berwickshire.
GRADOWSKA Polish
Feminine for GRADOWSKI, this surname is only used by females.
GRADOWSKI Polish
Habitational name for someone from a place called Gradowo in Włocławek voivodeship.
GRADY Irish
From the Gaelic Gráda meaning "noble."
GRAEF Dutch, German
Name used to denote the chairman of a town council. Compare GRAF.
GRAF Jewish, Yiddish
Ornamental name selected, like HERZOG and other words denoting titles, because of their aristocratic connotations.
GRAFF English
Metonymic occupational name for a clerk or scribe, from Anglo-Norman French grafe "quill, pen" (a derivative of grafer "to write", Late Latin grafare, from Greek graphein).
GRAHAMSON Scottish
Means "son of GRAHAM".
GRAN Swedish
Variant of GRAHN.
GRANADO Spanish
Nickname from Spanish granado "mature", "experienced", "distinguished".
GRANADO Spanish
Occupational name for a grower or seller of pomegranates, or a topographic name for someone who lived near a pomegranate tree, from granado "pomegranate tree" (cf. GARNETT).
GRANADOS Spanish
Occupational name for a grower or seller of pomegranates, or a topographic name for someone who lived near a pomegranate tree, from granado "pomegranate tree" (cf. GARNETT).
GRANAROLO Italian
It means bread baker.
GRANATA Italian
Granata is an Italian word for a shade of red (maroon), and the Latin name of the city of Granada.
GRANATH Swedish
Swedish soldier name meaning "grenade". ... [more]
GRANATO Italian
Occupational name for a jeweler or lapidary, from granato "garnet".
GRANDA Spanish
Spanish form of the surname Grand.
GRANDE Spanish, Italian, Portuguese
Nickname for someone of large stature, from grande "tall, large".
GRANDJEAN French, French (Swiss)
Derived from French grand "tall, large" and the male given name JEAN (1), hence possibly a nickname for a tall or large person.
GRANGE English, French
English and French topographic name for someone who lived by a granary, from Middle English, Old French grange (Latin granica ‘granary’, ‘barn’, from granum ‘grain’)... [more]
GRANOFF Jewish
Short form of GRANOVSKY.... [more]
GRAÑÓN Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Riojan municipality.
GRANOV Jewish, Bosnian
Habitational name from Granov, Ukraine.... [more]
GRANOVSKY Jewish
From the town of Granov, Ukraine (cf. GRANOV).
GRANQVIST Swedish
Combination of Swedish gran "spruce" and kvist "twig, branch".
GRANT English, Scottish
From a medieval personal name, probably a survival into Middle English of the Old English byname Granta (see GRANTHAM).
GRANTAIRE Literature
This is the name of a minor character in Victor Hugo's novel 'Les Misérables' (1862), a follower of the revolutionary ENJOLRAS.
GRANTHAM English
Habitational name from Grantham in Lincolnshire, of uncertain origin. The final element is Old English hām "homestead"; the first may be Old English grand "gravel" or perhaps a personal name Granta, which probably originated as a byname meaning "snarler"... [more]
GRAP Low German
Variant of GRAPE.
GRAPE Low German
Metonymic occupational name for a maker of metal or earthenware vessels, from Middle Low German grope "pot".
GRAS French
Means "fat" in french.
GRASS English, German
Topographic name for someone who owned or lived by a meadow, or a metonymic occupational name for someone who made or sold hay, from Middle English gras, Middle High German gras "grass, pasture, grazing".
GRASS Scottish
Occupational name, reduced from Gaelic greusaiche "shoemaker". A certain John Grasse alias Cordonar (Middle English cordewaner "shoemaker") is recorded in Scotland in 1539.
GRATO English
From a nickname given to somebody with grass-like hair, making this surname’s meaning “he with grass-like hair.”
GRATTÀ Late Greek (Italian, Modern, Archaic, Expatriate)
Historical origins of Grattà are found in The Southern Region of Italy in The Province of Catanzaro, Calabria; predominately in the Comune of Girafalco and Palermiti. There is also at least one Coat of Arms that place the name being used in the The Commune of Lucca, Region of Tuscany in Central Italy.
GRAU German, Jewish
Nickname for someone with gray hair or a gray beard, from German grau "gray".
GRAUDIŅŠ Latvian
Derived from the word grauds meaning "grain".
GRAUE German
Habitational name from a place so named near Hannover.
GRAUE German
Variant of GRAU.
GRAVE English
Occupational name from Middle English greyve "steward", from Old Norse greifi or Low German greve
GRAVE English
Topographic name, a variant of GROVE.
GRAVE French
Topographic name for someone who lived on a patch of gravelly soil, from Old French grave "gravel" (of Celtic origin).
GRAVE German
Either from the northern form of GRAF, but more commonly a topographic name from Middle Low German grave "ditch", "moat", "channel", or a habitational name from any of several places in northern Germany named with this word.
GRAVENOR Welsh
meaning, "great hunter"
GRAVES English, French, German
Derives from someone who had an occupation as a grave digger or a caretaker for a graveyard.
GRAVES French, English
Topographic name from the plural of Old French grave "gravel"
GRAVES English, French
English: patronymic from GRAVE.
GRAWERT Low German, German (East Prussian)
As a Low German name, Grawert is derived from Middle High German grā and Old High German grāo "gray" (originally "shimmery, gleaming"). As a surname, it was a nickname given to someone with gray hair.... [more]
GRAYDEN Irish
Variation of GRADEN.
GRAYLING English (British)
Uncommon surname of unclear origin; possible medieval locational name, or a derivative of the French surname Grail or the diminutive Graillon.... [more]
GRAYSON Scottish, Irish
Means "son of GRAY".
GRAZER English
Not available.
GREASBY English
One who came from Greasby, a parish on the Wirral Peninsula, in Cheshire, now Merseyside.
GREAVES Popular Culture
Borne by Lucien Greaves, a social activist and the spokesman and co-founder of The Satanic Temple.
GREBENSTEIN German
Means "stone from the cliff or ridge" from German greben, (cliff or ridge) and stein (stone).... [more]
GRECKI Polish
Polish form of GRETZKY.
GREELEY English, Norman
English (of Norman origin): nickname for someone with a pock-marked face, from Old Northern French greslé ‘pitted’, ‘scarred’ (from gresle ‘hailstone’, of Germanic origin).
GREEN Swedish
Variant of GREN.
GREENALL English
From Lincolnshire in England, meaning "green hill".
GREENBERGER German, Jewish
Anglicized form of the German surname Grünberger, which is formed from the words grün "green", Berg "mountain", and the habitational suffix -er. This name indicated a person who lived on or near a forest-covered mountain.
GREENBLATT Jewish, Ashkenazi Jewish
Ashkenazi Jewish Surname incorporating Yiddish/German elements meaning “Greenleaf.” Writer and storyboard artist C. H. Greenblatt (born 1972) most known for SpongeBob SquarePants is a famous bearer of this name.
GREENGRASS English
Notable bearers include film director Paul Greengrass and baseball player Jim Greengrass.
GREENING English
Meaning unknown.
GREENLAND English (German)
Greenland Name Meaning. English: topographic name for someone who lived near a patch of land left open as communal pasturage, from Middle English grene 'green' + land 'land'. Translated form of German Grönland, a topographic name with the same meaning as 1, from Low German grön 'green' + Land 'land'.
GREENLAW English
From one of two placenames, located near the Anglo-Scottish border. Named with Old English grēne, 'green' and halw, 'hill, mound'.
GREENLEAF English
From Old English grēne "green" and lēaf "leaf", presumably applied as a nickname, the significance of which is now lost.
GREENLEE English
habitational name from any of various minor places, for example in Staffordshire, so named from Old English grene ‘green’ + leah ‘woodland clearing’.
GREENSTEIN Jewish
From German, means "Gold Stone".
GREENWALD American
Partly Americanized form of German and Jewish Grün(e)wald (see GRUNWALD). ... [more]
GREENWAY English
Originally given to a person who lived near a grassy path, from Middle English grene "green" and weye "road, path" (cf. WAY).... [more]
GREENWAY Welsh
Derived from the given name GORONWY.
GREENWOOD English
Topographic name for someone who lived in a dense forest, from Middle English grene "green" and wode "wood", or a habitational name from a minor place so named, as for example Greenwood in Heathfield, East Sussex.
GREGERSON English
Means "son of Gregory/Greg"
GREGG English
Variant of Greg.
GREGORI Italian
Patronymic or plural form of Gregorio.
GREGORIČ Slovene
Means "son of GREGOR".
GREGSON English
Means "son of GREG"
GREIF German
Means "Griffin" in German. From the mythological creature.
GRELL German
Nickname for an irritable or irascible person, from Middle High German, Middle Low German grellen "to be angry".
GRELL German
Habitational name from a place named Grelle.
GRELLE German
Variant of GRELL.
GREN Swedish
Means "branch" in Swedish.
GRENIER French
Occupational name for a grain merchant (from Latin granarius), or a topographic name for someone who lived by a granary (from Latin granarium) or a metonymic occupational name for someone who supervised or owned one.
GRETZINGER German
Habitational name for someone from any of three places named Grötzingen (Old High German Grezzingun) in Baden-Württemberg.
GRETZKY Russian, Belarusian
Originally derived from an old Russian word that meant "Greek", though in modern times, the word means "Greek nut" (walnut). A notable bearer is Wayne Gretzky, a former Canadian ice hockey player.
GREWE German, Low German
Low German form of GRAF via Middle Low German grave / greve.
GRGURIĆ Croatian
Means "son of GRGUR".
GRIBBEN Irish
This surname is of Old Gaelic origin, and is a variant of "Cribben", which itself is the Anglicized form of the Gaelic name "MacRoibin", meaning "son of (mac) Robin", a patronymic from the Anglo-Norman French given name "Robin"... [more]
GRIEG Norwegian
Derived from the Scottish surname of Greig.
GRIEGO Spanish
Means "from Greece" in Spanish
GRIEZMANN German (Rare)
This is the surname of French professional footballer Antoine Griezmann.
GRIFF Welsh
Short form of GRIFFITH.
GRIFFETH Welsh
Altered spelling of GRIFFITH.
GRIFFIN Irish (Anglicized)
Anglicized (part translated) form of Gaelic Ó Gríobhtha "descendant of Gríobhtha", a personal name from gríobh "gryphon".
GRIFFO Italian
From grifo "gryphon" (Latin gryphus, Greek gryps, of Assyrian origin), hence a nickname for someone thought to resemble the mythical beast.
GRIFFON French
From a diminutive of Old French griffe "claw", hence a nickname for a grasping or vicious person, or perhaps for someone with a deformed or otherwise remarkable hand.
GRIGAHCINE Berber (Rare, ?)
Meaning unknown, perhaps of Kabyle origin. A known bearer is DJ Snake, who was born WILLIAM Grigahcine (1986-), an Algerian-French musician.
GRIGGS English
Means "son of Grigg", Grigg being a short form of GREGORY.
GRIGORIAN Armenian
Alternate transcription of GRIGORYAN.
GRIGORIEV Russian
Variant transcription of GRIGORIYEV.
GRIGORIYEV Russian
Means "son of GRIGORIY".
GRIGORYEV Russian
Means "son of GRIGORIY".
GRILL German
From a nickname for a cheerful person, from Middle High German grille "cricket" (Old High German grillo, from Late Latin grillus, Greek gryllos). The insect is widely supposed to be of a cheerful disposition, no doubt because of its habit of infesting hearths and warm places... [more]
GRIMES English
Patronymic derived from GRIME.... [more]
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