Submitted Surnames Starting with G

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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".
Goldfinger Jewish
Ashkenazic Jewish ornamental name composed of gold and finger.
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
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.... [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.
Golovkin Russian
Possibly a variant of Golovin.
Golovsky Belarusian, Russian
From Russian голова (golova) meaning "head, chief".
Golston English
The Gol part has uncertain meaning, but Ton means "Town".
Golubev Russian
From Russian голубь (golub) meaning "dove, pigeon".
Golubov Russian
From golub, meaning "dove".
Golubovec Croatian
From golub meaning ''pigeon''.
Gołyński Polish
This indicates familial origin within the Masovian village of Gołyń.
Golyshkin Russian
Uncertain meaning.
Gombert French, German
French and German: from Gundbert, a Germanic personal name composed of the elements gund ‘battle’ + berht ‘bright’, ‘famous’... [more]
Gomelsky Belarusian
Refers to the region in Belarus named "Gomel".
Gomez Spanish (Americanized), Filipino
Unaccented form of Gómez primarily used in America and the Philippines.
Gonçalo Portuguese
From the given name Gonçalo.
Goncharov Russian
Derived from Russian гончар (gonchar) meaning "potter".
Gonda Japanese
From Japanese 権 (gon) meaning "right" and 田 (Tạ) meaning "field, rice paddy".
Gondek Polish
From the given name Godzisław.
Gonella Italian
Means "short skirt," in Italian, as in a piece of armor.
Gong Chinese
Gong means palace.... [more]
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.
Gonsalves English (British), Portuguese, Indian (Christian)
Variant of Gonçalves more commonly used in Britain and western India.
Gonthier French
composed of the Germanic elements gund 'battle' + hari, heri 'army'
Gonthier French
From the given name Gonthier which is the French form of Gunther.
Gontsov Russian
From gonets, meaning "courier".
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.
Gonzalez Spanish (Americanized), Filipino
Unaccented form of González primarily used in America and the Philippines.
Gonzalo Spanish
From the given name Gonzalo.
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.
Goodbar German (Anglicized), English
Possibly an altered spelling of English Godber, derived from the medieval given name Godebert, or an occupational name for a beer brewer and a nickname for a toper... [more]
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]
Goodrich English
Derived from the Middle English given name Goderiche (itself derived from the Anglo-Saxon given name Godric), composed of Old English god meaning "good" and ric meaning "ruler, mighty, god's ruler, power"... [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".
Goof English (American, Rare)
The name has been Anglicized from the Dutch short form Goof, from Govert, with its roots from the Dutch and Limburgish cognate Godfried... [more]
Goos German
See: http://www.houseofnames.com/goos-family-crest... [more]
Goose English, Norman
Occupational name for a goose-herd (a person who tends to geese) or a medieval nickname for a person who resembled a goose in some way. It could also be a English (of Norman French origins) cognate of Gosse.
Goot English
Variant of Good.
Gopinath Tamil, Malayalam
From the given name Gopinath.
Gopuansuy Filipino
From the surnames Goh, Pua, and Suy.
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.
Gorbunov Russian
From Russian горбун (gorbun) meaning "humpback".
Gordeev Russian
Means "son of Gordei".
Gordillo Spanish
Derived from the Spanish pet form of fat, "gordito"
Gordinho Portuguese
Diminutive of Gordo.
Gordo Spanish, Portuguese
Means "fat" in Spanish and Portuguese.
Gorelick Jewish
A name given to people whose homes were burnt down. Americanized form of Gaerlick.
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.
Gorets Russian
Derived from Russian горец (gorets) meaning "highlander".
Goretzka Polish
Meaning "female highlander" in Polish.
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'.
Goshawk English
Probably referring to a breeder of Eagle-Owls or an eagle-tamer. Shares its name with the Wizarding World author, Miranda Goshawk.
Goshen Jewish
Variant of German Goschen.
Gosling English
1. variant of Joslin - see Jocelyn, Jocelyn. ... [more]
Goswami Indian, Bengali, Hindi, Assamese
Derived from Sanskrit गोस्वामिन् (gosvamin) meaning "religious mendicant" (literally "owner of cows" or "lord of cows"), from गो (go) meaning "cow" and स्वामिन् (svamin) meaning "owner, lord, master".
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
Alternate transcription of Gotō.
Gotō Japanese
From Japanese 後 (go) meaning "behind, back" and 藤 () meaning "wisteria".
Gotoh Japanese
The same as Goto.
Gotovina Croatian
Derived from gotovina, meaning "cash".
Gottlob German
From the given name Gottlob.
Götz German
Originally a hypocorism of Gottfried, which is derived from an Old High German given name. Variants include the surnames Getz and Goetz, as well as the given name Götz.
Götze German
From the given name Götz.
Goudier German
Germanic patronym from "godhari" meaning "army of God".
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".
Gourcuff Breton
Variant of Gourkuñv. ... [more]
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]
Gove Scottish
Scottish form of Goffe.
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, Hindi, Punjabi
Meaning uncertain, possibly a form of Agarwal.
Gozar Filipino
A filipino surname from the Spanish word "gozar," meaning "to enjoy."
Gozon Filipino
From Min Nan 五孫 (gō͘-sun) or 五孙 (gō͘-sun) meaning "fifth grandchild".
Graaf Dutch
proper noun: Count
Grabar Croatian
Derived from grabiti, meaning "to grab".
Grabarek Polish
Occupational name from a diminutive of Polish grabarz meaning "gravedigger".
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).
Grabowska Polish
Feminine form of Grabowski.
Grace English
From the given name Grace
Graciano Spanish, Portuguese
From the given name Graciano.
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".
Grämlich German
Nickname for an irascible person, derived from Middle High German gramelich and gremlich meaning "angry".
Gran Swedish, Norwegian
Means "spruce" in Swedish and Norwegian.
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
Means "tall, large" in Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, used as a nickname for a person of large stature.
Grandin French
Diminutive of Grand.
Grandin Italian
Derived from Grande.
Grandjean French, French (Swiss)
Derived from French grand meaning "tall, large" and the male given name Jean 1, hence possibly a nickname for a tall or large person.
Grandpierre French
Derived from French grand meaning "tall, large" and the male given name Pierre.
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]
Granlund Swedish
Combination of Swedish gran "spruce" and lund "grove".
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.
Grassi Italian
Variant of Grasso.
Grasso Italian
Means "fat" in Italian, used as a nickname for a stout person.
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 (Italianized, 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.
Gratz German
From a short form of a Germanic personal name reflected by Old High German gratag 'greedy'
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]
Graybill English (American)
Anglicized form of Swiss German Krähenbühl, meaning "crow hill".