Submitted Surnames Starting with G

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Gimpel German, Jewish
German: from a pet form of the personal name Gumprecht (see Gombert)... [more]
Gindlesperger German
Possibly a topographic name for someone who lived on a mountain near the town of Gindels in Bavaria, Germany.
Gindt German, Alsatian
From the Germanic personal name Gundo, from gund meaning "war", "battle".
Ginebra Spanish
From the Spanish word ginebra, meaning "gin," possibly ultimately from the Latin iuniperus, meaning "juniper."
Ginel Catalan
My Great Grandfather's name was Jose Maria Ginel
Ginés Spanish
From the given name Ginés.
Gingell English
Either (i) from a shortened form of the Germanic personal name Gangulf, literally "walking wolf"; or (ii) a different form of Gingold.
Gingold Jewish
An invented Jewish name, from Yiddish, literally "fine gold". Hermione Gingold (1897-1987) was a British actress.
Gingrich German (Americanized)
Potentially from German “junge” and “reich,” meaning “rich at a young age.” Anglicized by immigrants as either Gingrich or Guengerich.
Ginnane Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Gaelic Ó Cuinneáin or Ó Cuineáin.
Gino Italian
From the given name Gino.
Ginsberg Jewish
Ornamental varient of Ginsburg
Ginsburg German, Jewish
Habitational name for someone who came from Gunzberg in Bavaria, Günsburg in Swabia, or Gintsshprik (Königsburg) in East Prussia. Its origin is from the name of the river Günz, written in early Latin documents as Guntia, which was probably of Celtic origin, and Old High German burg meaning "Fortress, walled town".
Gioè Italian
This is a short form of given name Gioele used as surname.
Gioi Italian
Possibly from Sardinian angioi "lamb", a nickname for a shepherd, or from gioi "Thursday".
Giorgaina Greek (Archaic)
Andronymic meaning "wife of Georgios". This was used in early modern Greece, at which time a married woman's surname was formed from her husband's given name and the suffix -αινα (-aina)... [more]
Giorgi Italian
From the given name Giorgio.
Giorgio Italian
From the given name Giorgio
Giovanni Italian
From the given name Giovanni.
Giovanoli Romansh
Derived from the given name Giovannes.
Gipson English (American)
Variant of Gibson more commonly used in the United States.
Girai Indian (Muslim), Urdu
Indian cognate of the Turkish surname Giray.
Giraldo Italian
From the given name Giraldo.
Giraldo Spanish
Spanish: From The Ancient Germanic Personal Name Giraldo Equivalent To Gerald .
Girardot French
Diminutive of the given name Gérard.
Giray Turkish
From a form of the Mongolian title khan meaning "king, ruler". This was the name of the dynasty that ruled Crimea from 1427 to 1783.
Giresse French
Alain Giresse is a French footballer and manager... [more]
Girgenti Italian, Sicilian
Habitational name for someone from Agrigento in Sicily which was called Girgenti until 1927.
Girgin Turkish
Means "sociable, outgoing, enterprising" in Turkish.
Girip Romanian
Unknown origin, probably Turkish.
Girling English
From a medieval nickname applied to a brave man (or, with heavy irony, to a cowardly one), from Old French cuer de lion "lion heart".
Girolamo Italian
From the given name Girolamo.
Giron Spanish
Of Galician origin. Occupational name for a clothing maker.
Gironda Italian
Possibly from a variant of Italian ghironda ‘barrel-organ’.
Giroud French
Variant of Giraud.... [more]
Gisbert German
From the given name Gisbert.
Giscard French
Variant spelling of Guiscard. A famous bearer was the French president Valéry Giscard d'Estaing (1926-2020).
Gish German
From a shortened form of the Germanic personal name Gisulf, literally "hostage wolf". It was borne by American actress Lillian Gish (?1893-1993), original name Lillian de Guiche.
Gíslason Icelandic
Means son of Gísla.
Gitelman Jewish
Eastern Ashkenazic variant of Gittelman.
Gitsba Abkhaz
Abkhaz name of unknown meaning.
Gittings Welsh
From the Welsh personal name Gutyn, Guto, a pet form of Gruffydd, with the redundant addition of English patronymic -s.
Gittings Welsh
Possibly a patronymic from a byname from Welsh cethin "dusky", "swarthy".
Giudice Italian
Occupational name for an officer of justice, Italian giudice " judge" (Latin iudex, from ius "law" + dicere "to say"). In some cases it may have been applied as a nickname for a solemn and authoritative person thought to behave like a judge.
Giugno Italian
Derived from Italian giugno meaning "June", perhaps indicating a person who was baptized in that month.
Giuliano Italian
From the given name Giuliano
Giuntoli Italian
Comes from a derivative of Giunta.
Giusti Italian
Means "son of Giusto"
Giustino Italian
From the given name Giustino
Giusto Italian
From the given name Giusto
Gizzatullin Bashkir
From the given name Izzatullah.
Gjessing Norwegian, Danish (Rare)
Used in Norway and Denmark since the 1600s. Probably of German origin.
Gjonaj Albanian
Means "descendant of Gjon" in Albanian.
Glad Swedish
Swedish soldier name meaning "happy". ... [more]
Glad English
From a short form of the various Old English personal names with a first element glæd "shining, joyful". Compare Gladwin.
Glad English, Scandinavian
Nickname for a cheerful person, from Middle English, Scandinavian glad "merry, jolly".
Gladding English
Given as a nickname to someone who is glad, in high spirits, and happy.
Gladney English
Probably means "bright island", from the Old English element glæd "bright" (cf. Glædwine) and the English element ney "island" (cf.... [more]
Gladstone Scottish
Habitational name from a place near Biggar in Lanarkshire, apparently named from Old English gleoda meaning "kite" + stān meaning "stone".
Glæpur Popular Culture
Means "crime" in Icelandic. Glanni Glæpur, or Robbie Rotten as he is called in English, is a fictional character in the Icelandic children's TV-show 'LazyTown' played by Stefán Karl Stefánsson... [more]
Glaessel German (Anglicized)
Anglicized spelling of German Gläßel.
Glandt German
Nickname from Middle High Geman glander meaning "gleam", "sparkle", "shine", for someone with such a temperament.
Glaros Greek
Shiny eyes .
Glas Welsh
Nickname meaning "gray, green, silver-haired".
Glasgow English (American), English (British)
Derived from the city of Glasgow in Scotland.
Glasnović Croatian
Derived from glasno, meaning "loud".
Glass Irish, Scottish
Anglicized form of the epithet glas "gray, green, blue" or any of various Gaelic surnames derived from it.
Glauber Jewish
Derived from German glauben "to believe" and the suffix -er. It was originally given either to an elder of the tribe, one renowned for his counsel, or to a layman who kept 'the faith'.
Glaus German (Swiss)
Derived from a late medieval short form of Niklaus.
Glauser German (Swiss)
Patronymic form of Glaus.
Gleason Old Irish (Anglicized)
Irish (Munster): reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Glasáin, from a diminutive of glas ‘green’, ‘blue’, ‘gray’.
Gleave English
Means either "sword-maker" or "sword-seller", or else from a nickname applied to a skilled swordsman (in either case from Middle English gleyve "sword").
Glebov Russian
Means "son of Gleb".
Glendenning Scottish
Habitational name from a place in the parish of Westerkirk, Dumfries, recorded in 1384 as Glendonwyne. It is probably named from Welsh glyn meaning "valley" + din meaning "fort" + gwyn meaning "fair", "white".
Glendon Scottish, English
From the first name, which means "from the dark glen" in Scottish Gaelic.
Gliott Romansh
Derived from a diminutive of the given name Gagl.
Glissen English, Irish
Possible British version of the Irish surname Glasson from the the Gaelic word O’Glasain. Meaning green from the counties of Tipperary.
Glock German
Meant "person who lives by a church bell-tower or in a house with the sign of a bell", "bell-ringer" or "town crier" (German Glocke "bell"). It was borne by Sir William Glock (1908-2000), a British music administrator.
Gløersen Norwegian (Rare)
Means ”son of Gløer”.
Gloff German
German and Swiss German: from the Germanic personal name Egilolf, composed of the elements agi(l) ‘edge’, ‘point’ (of a sword) + wolf ‘wolf’, cognate with Old English Ecgwulf. This was the name of several Lombard kings (ancestors of the Bavarian ducal line of the Agilolfinger), who introduced the name to Italy.
Gloop Literature (Rare)
Surname of a character (Augustus Gloop) in Roald Dahl's book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Glorioso Spanish (Philippines), Italian
Means "glorious" in Spanish and Italian.
Glowczenski American
This is my surname. My cousin Steve Glowzenski, had the C dropped along the way somewhere, probably the military.
Głownia Polish
Derived from Polish word głownia which means "blade".
Gluhak Croatian
Derived from gluh, meaning "deaf".
Gluhek Croatian
Derived from gluh, meaning "deaf".
Glukhov Russian
From glukhoi, meaning "deaf".
Glushkov Russian
Derived from Russian глухой (glukhoy) meaning "deaf" or "remote, out-of-the-way", either used as a nickname for a deaf person or for someone originally from a remote place.
Go Korean
Variant romanization of Ko.
Goan Northern Irish
Northern Irish form of Gowan.
Gobara Arabic (Egyptian, Anglicized), Arabic
In Egypt and Sudan the surname Jabbar is pronounced with a ‘G’ sound in English. It is also feminine form hence the additional ‘A’ at the end of the name.
Gober English, French
The surname Gober was first found in Warwickshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Norman influence of English history dominated after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed.
Gobert French, German, English
From the given name Gobert a compressed form of Godebert composed of the ancient Germanic elements gōd "good" or god got "god" and berht "bright famous".
Goble English
From “Gobble”, meaning “to gorge, to guzzle”
Gochadze Georgian
Means "son of Gocha".
Goda Hungarian
From the old Hungarian secular personal name Goda, probably from a short form of Godimir, Godislav, or some other Slavic name.
Goda Japanese (Rare)
Go ("Connected to") + Da ("Rice Paddy"). This is mostly on Shikoku Island.
Godefroy French
From the given name Godefroy.
Godek Polish
Variant of Gondek.
Gödel German
From an Old German personal name, Godilo, Godila.German (Gödel): from a pet form of a compound personal name beginning with the element god ‘good’ or god, got ‘god’.Variant of Godl or Gödl, South German variants of Gote, from Middle High German got(t)e, gö(t)te ‘godfather’.
Godil English
English: habitational name for someone from Gadshill in Kent, either of two places called Godshill in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, or Godsell Farm in Wiltshire, which were all originally named Godeshyll ‘God's hill’.
Godin English
Comes from the Germanic personal name Godin-, a pet form of any of various compound names beginning with god, got ‘god’. Compare Godbold, Goddard, and Godfrey.
Godínez Spanish
Patronymic from the personal name Godino.
Godolphin Cornish
From Godolphin, in Cornwall; alternatively, a patronymic from the rare given name Dolfin.
Godoy French, Spanish
It is derived from the personal name Gaudi.
Godwin English
Derived from the first name Godwine.
Godwinson English
Means "Son of Godwin". First born by Harold Godwinson. From his father Godwine, Earl of Wessex... [more]
Goe Korean
Varient of Ko.
Goebbels German, History
Originally an occupational name for a brewer. Paul Joseph Goebbels was a German politician and Reich Minister of Propaganda in Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945.
Goedeke Low German
Low German surname composed of the element gode and the diminutive suffix -ke. Gode can mean either "good", "God" or "a Goth".
Goedel German
Variant of Gödel.
Goeman German
Patronym from a Germanic name: good or god + man.
Goertze German
Probably a variant of Göretz, a reduced form of Gerhards (see Gerhardt), or a variant of Goertz.
Goertzen German
German: probably a variant of Göretz, a reduced form of Gerhards (see Gerhardt), or a variant of Goertz.
Goethe German
From a short form of the personal name Godo, formed with the Germanic element god, got 'god', or from Middle High German göte 'godfather'.
Goettel German
From a pet form of Gottfried, or any of the other personal names formed with Got(t)-.
Goettems German, Brazilian
Brazilian adaptation of the German surname Goedems; altered for easier comprehension by the Portuguese-speaking population of Brazil. All members of the Goettems family in Brazil are descendants of Johann Goedems, born in Oberlöstern, Saarland, on September 17, 1798.
Goetz German
Originally a hypocorism of the given name Gottfried. Variants include the surnames Getz, Götz and the given name Götz.
Goetzinger German
Originally denoted a person who came from an place called Götzing, Götzingen or Goetzingen.... [more]
Goff Welsh
A variant of Gough.
Goffredo Italian
From the given name Goffredo.
Gofigan Chamorro
Chamorro for "very hot climate". Gof- is an amplifier which means very. Figan is a word for "hot", implying the climate
Goforth English
Probably given to someone who likes to lead
Goglia Italian
Nickname or a metonymic occupational name for a person who used leaves from a kind of plant to bind grafts, derived from the Italian dialectal goglia.
Gognon French, Occitan
Nickname for an aggressive or belligerent man, from Old French Gagnon ‘ mastiff’, ‘guard dog’. Possibly from Occitan ganhon ‘young pig’, applied as an offensive nickname. See also Gonyeau.
Gogoi Indian, Ahom
Means "younger brother" or "king" in Ahom.
Gogol Ukrainian, Polish, Jewish
Means "Common goldeneye (a type of duck)" in Ukrainian. Possibly a name for a fowler. A famous bearer was Nikolai Gogol.
Gogula Indian, Telugu
Possibly from Telugu గోగు (gōgu) "hemp plant".
Goh Chinese (Hokkien)
Hokkien romanization of Wu 1.
Gohar Persian, Urdu, Pashto
From the given name Gohar.
Gohrband German (Rare)
Contained in a Latin land deed granted to a German for a castle-keep dated February 21, 1308. It is believed to be the first written record and original spelling of the name, generally understood to mean in German, "he who lives by the marsh"... [more]
Gojković Serbian
Serbian patronymic surname, derived from the masculine given name Gojko.
Gok Korean
From Sino-Korean 谷 (Gog) meaning "Valley".
Gökçe Turkish
Means "celestial, heavenly, sky" in Turkish.
Gokhale Indian, Marathi
Derived from Sanskrit गवाक्ष (gavaksha) meaning "round window" (literally "cow eye"), from गो (go) meaning "cow" and अक्षि (akshi) meaning "eye"... [more]
Gokongwei Filipino
From the surnames Goh, Kong, and Wei.
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.
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.
Goldenberg Jewish
Ornamental name from a compound of German golden literally meaning "golden" and berg meaning "mountain, hill".
Golder German
Meaning "gold worker, jeweller".
Goldfarb English, German, Jewish
Goldfarb is a Jewish occupational name that was originally derived from the Old German word gold.
Goldfeder Jewish
Ornamental name composed of Old High German gold literally meaning "gold" and feder meaning "feather pen".
Goldfinger Jewish
Ornamental name composed of Old High German gold literally "gold" and finger "finger". It may perhaps also be a nickname for someone who wore a prominent gold ring on their finger.
Goldman German, Jewish
Possibly meaning goldsmith in German, from Gold and Mann.... [more]
Goldner German
"Gold maker, gilder".
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.
Goldschneider German
Means "gold cutter" in German, from the elements gold "gold" and snithan "to cut".
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
Means "gold stone" in German.
Goldstern Yiddish (Germanized, Rare)
It is a Jewish surname that means (Gold Star), which in Hebrew is כוכב המלך דוד the star of King David. This surname has its origins in Hungary, Austria and Germany, this surname was bought by the Jews who worked as sellers of gold, diamonds, emeralds and jewels... [more]
Goldsworthy Cornish
Means "field of feast," from the Cornish gol-erewy.
Goldthwaite English
Possibly derived from Guilthwaite in South Yorkshire, which is named from Old Norse gil meaning "ravine" and þveit meaning "clearing". However, the modern surname is associated with Essex, suggesting some other source, now lost.
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.
Goldwyn English, Jewish
Derived from the Old English given name Goldwine, composed of the elements gold meaning "gold" and win meaning "friend".
Golomb Polish
Variant of Golab.
Golomb Jewish
Ornamental name from Polish golab "dove" (from Latin columba "dove").
Golovanov Russian
Means "son of the head chief".
Golovin Russian
From Russian голова (golova) meaning "head, chief", probably used as a nickname for the head of a household or village.
Golovkins Latvian
Latvian form of Golovkin.
Golovsky Belarusian, Russian
From Russian голова (golova) meaning "head, chief".
Golston English (Rare)
Meaning uncertain.
Golubev Russian
From Russian голубь (golub) meaning "dove, pigeon".