Submitted Surnames Starting with G

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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.
Gomaa Arabic (Egyptian)
Derived from the given name Juma.
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]
Gong Chinese
From Chinese 龚 (gōng) referring to the ancient state of Gong (written as 共), which existed during the Shang dynasty possibly in what is now Henan province. This name was adopted in place of 共 by future descendants to flee persecution.
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.
Gonnaimueang Thai
End with the word "ในเมือง"(nai - mueang), which is the name of a sub-district in the northeastern region of Thailand.
Gonnynge English (Rare)
A variant of the given name Gunwyn, which is derived from the Old English word gundwein, meaning "battle friend".
Gonsalves English (British), Portuguese, Indian (Christian)
Variant of Gonçalves more commonly used in Britain and western India.
Gonthier French
Derived from the given name Gonthier.
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, Italian (Archaic)
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.
Gonzague French (Rare)
Gallicized form of Italian Gonzaga.
Gonzalez Spanish (Americanized), Filipino
Unaccented form of González primarily used in America and the Philippines.
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.
Goodarzi Persian
From the given name Goodarz.
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"
Goodliffe English
Derived from the Middle English feminine given name Godlieve, composed of the Germanic elements god meaning "good" or gud meaning "god", and liub meaning "dear, beloved".
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]
Goodluck English
Early Anglo Saxon name from 6-7th century. Derived from Guolac,meaning battle play.
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]
Goods English
Variant of Good.
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]
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: [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
Gorbachenko Russian
From Russian горбач (gorbach) meaning "hunchback, humpback"
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.
Gorst Russian
Meaning "handful" in Russian.
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, Low German
Patronymic from the German given name Gottschalk.
Goscinny Polish
Derived from Polish adjective gościnny from word gość meaning 'guest'.
Gosden English
From the name of a lost place in the village and civil parish of Slaugham in West Sussex, England, derived from Old English gos meaning "goose" and denn meaning "woodland pasture".
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.
Gotou Japanese
Variant transcription of Goto.
Gotovina Croatian
Derived from gotovina, meaning "cash".
Gotówko Polish
Derived from Polish gotówka "cash".
Gottfried German, Jewish
Derived from the given name Gottfried. A famous bearer was the American comedian and actor Gilbert Gottfried (1955-2022).
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.
Gou Chinese
From Chinese 苟 (gǒu) meaning "careless, casual, indifferent".
Gou Chinese (Rare)
From Chinese 勾(góu) means “tick mark”.
Goudier German
Germanic patronym from "godhari" meaning "army of God".
Gould English
Variant of Gold.
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]
Goulet French (Quebec), French
Of uncertain origin and meaning. Theories include a derivation from Old French goule "mouth" (combined with a diminutive suffix), in which case this name would have been a nickname for a glutton.
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".
Goupil French
nickname for someone with red hair or for a cunning person from Old French goupil "fox" Late Latin vulpiculus a diminutive of classical Latin vulpes a distant cognate of Wolf . This was replaced as a vocabulary word during the Middle Ages by Renard originally a personal name.
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
Gousset French
It is derived from the Old French word gousset, which means "purse" or "wallet". It is likely that this surname was originally given to someone who was a purse maker or a merchant who dealt in small items.
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 is variously written, but is usually written with the characters meaning "Barbarian Room" or "Give Room".
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
Graceffa Italian
Meaning uncertain, possibly from a southern Italian place name in the comune of Aragona in the province of Agrigento, Sicily, Italy.
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".
Grainville French
Original French form of Granville, from locations in France from the given name Guarin and ville "town" meaning "Guarin's town".
Grämlich German
Nickname for an irascible person, derived from Middle High German gramelich, gremlich meaning "angry".
Grammer German, English
Variant of Krämer or a habitational name for someone possibly from German places called Gram or Grammen. It can also be an English occupational name for a scholar or an astrologer, derived from Old French gramaire meaning "grammarian, scholar, astrologer"... [more]
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".
Grand French, Romansh
Derived from Old French grand, grant and Romansh grand "tall; large".
Grand English
Variant of Grant.
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.
Grandison English
A habitational name from Grandson on Lake Neuchâtel in Switzerland.... [more]
Grandjean French, French (Swiss)
Derived from French grand meaning "tall, large" and the 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 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".
Grano Italian, Spanish
from grano "grain" (from Latin granum) probably applied as a metonymic occupational name for a farmer or grain merchant.
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.
Grass Romansh
Derived from Romansh grass "fat".
Grassi Italian
Variant of Grasso.
Grässli Romansh
Derived from Romansh grass "fat" in combination with the diminutive suffix -li.
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.
Graupman German
Occupational name for someone who produced or dealt with grits and legumes, from early modern German graupe "pot barley" (bohemian krupa) and man "man".
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".
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]