Submitted Surnames Starting with G

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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.
Graziano Italian
From the given name Graziano.
Grbavac Croatian
Derived from grbavo, meaning "bumpy" or "hunchbacked".
Grdinić Montenegrin
Derived from grdan (грдан), meaning "ugly".
Grealish English
The name derives from the Old Norman French word "greslet", meaning pitted or scarred, and is itself derived from the very early Germanic word "gresle", or hailstone.
Greany Irish
The surname Greany comes from the original Irish Ó Gráinne, from the female Christian name Gráinne... [more]
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.
Greay English (Rare)
The name Greay originated when a family matriarch changed the name to differentiate between the two families with the same name Grey. There was a wedding between the two families and it was easier if the name was changed.
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.
Greco Portuguese
Portuguese for Greco.
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).
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 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.
Greenburgh German, Jewish
The surname Greenburgh is anglicized for the German Jewish surname Greenberg which translates into English as green mountain.
Greenfeld English
Partly Americanized form of the Ashkenazic Jewish ornamental name Grun(e)feld or Grinfeld, a compound of Yiddish grin + German Feld 'field', or of German Grünfeld (see Grunfeld).
Greengrass English
Notable bearers include film director Paul Greengrass and baseball player Jim Greengrass.
Greenhill English
The name is derived from a geographic locality, "at the green hill", or rather, more specifically of "Greenhill". The surname could also derive from the liberty on the wapentake of Corringham in Lincolnshire, or a hamlet in the parish of Harrow in Middlesex... [more]
Greenidge English
From Greenhedge Farm in Aslockton, Nottinghamshire, itself derived from Old English grene “green” + hecg “hedge”.
Greening English
Meaning unknown.
Greenland English (Germanized)
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 "Green 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.
Greet German
Americanized form of German Fried.
Gregerson English
Means "son of Gregory/Greg"
Gregg English
Variant of Greg.
Grégoire French
From the given name Grégoire.
Gregori Italian
Patronymic or plural form of Gregorio.
Gregorič Slovene
Means "son of Gregor".
Gregoriou Greek (Cypriot)
Alternate transcription of Greek Γρηγορίου (see Grigoriou) chiefly used in Cyprus.
Gregson English
Means "son of Greg"
Gregurić Croatian
Possibly patronymic, meaning "son of Gregor" or "son of Grgur".
Greif German
Means "Griffin" in German. From the mythological creature.
Greig Scottish
From the given name Greig
Greiner Upper German, German (Swiss)
Nickname for a quarrelsome or cantankerous person, derived from Middle High German grīner meaning "squabbler, quarreler" (ultimately an agent derivative of grīn meaning "loud, cry, screaming, shouting")... [more]
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.
Gresham English
From a place name meaning "grazing homestead" in Old English.
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.
Greyeyes Indigenous American
A notable bearer is the Canadian actor Michael Greyeyes.
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
Grieser Upper German
topographic name for someone living on a sandy site, from Middle High German griez ‘sand’ + -er suffix denoting an inhabitant.
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.
Grignon French
From French 'grignard' meaning "angry" and "contemptuous", and Old French (of Germanic origin) 'grignier' "to grit the teeth" or "curl the lips".
Grigore Romanian
From the given name Grigore.
Grigoriadis Greek
Means "son of Grigorios" in Greek.
Grigorian Armenian
Alternate transcription of Grigoryan.
Grigoriev Russian
Variant transcription of Grigoriyev.
Grigoriyev Russian
Means "son of Grigoriy".
Grigoryev Russian
Means "son of Grigoriy".
Grijalva Spanish
Spanish: habitational name from any of various places called Grijalba in particular the one in Burgos province. The placename is from iglesia 'church' + Old Spanish alva 'white'.
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]
Grimaldo Spanish, Italian
From the given name Grimaldo.
Grimes English
Patronymic derived from Grime.... [more]
Grimké German (Americanized)
Americanised form of the German surname Grimk or Grimke with French inspiration. This was the name of a prominent American family of abolitionists.
Grimm English, German, Danish, Swedish (Rare), Norwegian (Rare)
From a nickname for a stern and forbidding individual, derived from the Old High German word grim "stern, severe". Or possibly from the given name Grímr derived from Old Norse gríma "mask, helmet"... [more]
Grimme German
Variant of Grimm.
Grimmie English
American variant of Grimm.
Grindstaff German (Anglicized)
Americanized form of German Frenzhof or Grenzhof, a place near Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg or Granzow, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Germany.
Grindy German (Modern), French
I have seen elsewhere explanations about this name being German or French in origin. Sorry, I do not have the sources to hand
Griner German (Anglicized), Jewish
Americanised form of German Greiner. It could also denote a person who came from various German places called Grüna or Grünau. In Jewish, it is a topographic name for someone who lived in a green of leafy area, derived from Yiddish grin meaning "green" or Middle High German gruene meaning "greenery".
Grinfelder Croatian
Derived from German grün, "green", and feld, "field".
Grisch Romansh
Derived from Romansh grisch "grey".
Grischott Romansh
Variant of Grisch by way of combining it with the diminutive suffix -ott.
Griscom Welsh
from phrase gris-y-cwm, welsh for 'steps of the valley'. Root word 'grisiau' meaning steps or stairs. A place name from an extant village in Wales.
Grishin Russian
From the given name Grisha.
Grissom English
From a diminutive of Grice, which was originally a nickname for a grey-haired man, derived from Middle English grice, gris meaning "grey" (itself from Old French gris, apparently of Germanic origin).
Griswold English
meaning: from the gray forest.
Grīva Latvian
Means "creek".
Grixti Maltese
Grixti is entirely of Maltese origin and is thought to mean "rough".
Grjotheim Norwegian (Rare)
Combination of Norwegian (Nynorsk) grjot "stone, rock" and heim "home".
Grob Jewish, Yiddish
From Yiddish grob. May also mean "fat".
Grob German
A nickname for a strong, heavy man, or for a lout, from Middle High German g(e)rop "coarse".
Grodsky Polish, Jewish
Altered spelling of Polish Grodzki, a habitational name from Grodziec or Grodzie, places named with gród ‘castle’, ‘fortification’ (cognate with Russian grad)... [more]
Groen Dutch, Low German
Dutch nickname for someone who habitually dressed in green, from Middle Dutch groene ‘green’. ... [more]
Grogan Irish
Derived from the native Gaelic O'Gruagain Sept that was initially located in County Roscommon but which became widely dispersed. The name is derived from a Gaelic word meaning 'fierceness'.
Grohl German
Meaning uncertain, but likely a variant of Groll.
Groll German
Derived from grollen, 'to be angry', often used as a nickname for an angry or sulky individual.
Grond Romansh
Variant of Grand.
Gronkowski Polish
Originally indicated a person who came from Gronków, a village in southern Poland.
Grönlund Swedish, Finnish
Combination of Swedish grön "green" and lund "grove".
Groot Dutch
Groot means "big" in Dutch and the surname was originally a nickname for a tall person.
Groover English (American)
Americanized form of German Gruber.
Grosch German
Either a metonymic occupational name for a moneyer or possibly a nickname for an avaricious person from Middle High German Middle Low German grosche "groschen" a medieval thick silver coin its name ultimately derived from medieval Latin denarius grossus literally "thick coin".
Grosjean French, French (Belgian)
Derived from French gros "large" and the given name Jean 1. As a nickname, it is sometimes applied to a person who is perceived as stupid.
Großkreutz German
From German "groß" meaning big and "kreutz" meaning cross.
Grossman Jewish
Jewish nickname for a large man.
Grosvenor English
English surname of Norman origin meaning ‘the master huntsman’. Derived from Le Grand Veneur, this title was held by Hugh d'Avranches who accompanied William the Conqueror in the Norman invasion of England in 1066.
Groulx French
French spelling, often found in Canada, of Groult, Grould, possibly reduced forms of Gréoul, a personal name of Germanic origin, composed of the elements gred "hunger" + wolf, wulf "wolf".
Grove German
Form of Grob.
Grove English, American
Americanized spelling of the French surname Le Grou(x)or Le Greux (see Groulx)
Grove German
Variation of Graf.
Grove German
Name from any of several places named Grove or Groven, which derive their name from Middle Low Germany grove ‘ditch’, ‘channel’. In some cases the name is a Dutch or Low German form of Grube.
Grove English
Name for someone who lived by a grove or thicket, Middle English grove, Old English graf.
Grow English
Likely from the English word "grow".
Grozdanova Bulgarian, Macedonian
Feminine form of Grozdanov, which means "son of Grozdan".
Grube German
Name for someone who lived in a depression or hollow, from Middle High German gruobe "pit", "hollow". See also Gruber.
Grube German
From the personal name Grubo.
Gruber Jewish
A nickname from an inflected form of Yiddish dialect grub meaning ‘rude' or 'impolite’.
Gruezo Catalan, Spanish (Latin American)
From Catalan meaning "thick".
Gruffudd Welsh
Derived from the Welsh name Gruffudd
Grumbach German (Swiss), Alsatian
From the name of various places in Switzerland and Germany, for example the municipality of Grumbach in Rhineland-Palatinate.
Grundin Swedish
Combination of Swedish grund "shallow (water)" and the surname suffix -in.
Grundy English
Probably a Middle English metathesized form of the Old French personal name Gondri, Gundric (see Gundry).
Grunwald German, German (Swiss), Jewish
German and Swiss German (Grünwald): habitational name from any of various places named Grün(e)wald, from Middle High German gruene ‘green’ + walt ‘wood’, ‘forest’. ... [more]
Grushkin Russian
From grushka, meaning "pear tree".
Gruszka Polish
Means "pear".
Gruzinsky Russian, Georgian
Means "Georgian" in Russian.
Grylls English (Rare)
There was an old and distinguished family of Grylls of Tavistock (Devon) and Lanreath (Cornwall) in the 17th century; two high sheriffs of the county then bore the name. The manor of Gryils (commonly mispronounced Garles), near the rocks called the Gryils or Garles, from which they probably derive their name, is in the parish of Lesneweth in that county.
Grynszpan Polish
Polish form of Greenspan.
Grzegorczyk Polish
Derived from the given name Grzegorz.
Grzegorzewski Polish
habitational name for someone from Grzegorzowice or Grzegorzewice, both named with the personal name Grzegorz, Latin Gregorius
Grzyb Czech, Polish
means "mushroom" in polish
Gschwendtner German (Austrian)
From the German word "schwenden", which means "swidden agriculture" in English
Gu Korean (Anglicized)
A Korean surname, meaning "tool, device, utensil". Derived from the Chinese surname 具, (Jù)
Gu Chinese
From Chinese 顾 (gù) referring to the ancient state of Gu, which existed during the Xia dynasty in what is now Henan province.
Gu Chinese
From Chinese 辜 (gū) meaning "crime, wrong, sin".
Gu Chinese
From Chinese 谷 (gǔ) referring to the ancient fief of Qin Gu, which existed in what is now the province of either Gansu or Shaanxi. Alternately it may come from the name of the fief of Jia Gu, which was part of the state of Qi during the Zhou dynasty.
Gu Chinese
From Chinese 古 () possibly derived from Kucheng (古成 or 苦城), the name of an ancient fief that may have existed during the Zhou dynasty in what is now Henan province... [more]
Guadagnino Italian
It came from Italian word guadagno which means "earnings" and has a diminutive suffix ino which is also an occupation suffix.
Guadalajara Spanish
habitational name from Guadalajara in Castile named with Arabic wādī-al-ḥijāra (واد الحجرة o وادي الحجرة) "river of the stones".
Guajardo Spanish
Spanish: unexplained. Perhaps a habitational name from a place so named in Estremadura. This name is common in Argentina, Chile, and Mexico. ... [more]
Gualtieri Italian
From the given name Gualtiero.
Guanzon Filipino
From Hokkein 关孫 (guān-sun), derived from 关 (guān) meaning "frontier pass" and 孫 (sun) meaning "grandchild."
Guaporá Popular Culture
The surname of a fictional Amerindian family in the telenovela Bicho do Mato.
Guapurú Popular Culture
The surname of a fictitious Amerindian family in the Brazilian telenovela Uga Uga.
Guardado Spanish
The surname Guardado means save, protect, and guard in Spanish
Guàrdia Catalan, Spanish, Italian
Catalan, Spanish, and Italian from Catalan guàrdia, Spanish and Italian guardia ‘guard’, ‘watch’, a topographic name for someone who lived by a watch place, an occupational name for a member of the town guard, or a habitational name from any of the numerous places named (La) Guardia.
Guardiola Catalan
Habitational name from any of the numerous places named Guardiola, from guardiola, a diminutive of guàrdia meaning "guard".
Guarino Italian
From the given name Guarino.
Guarracino Italian
Nothing is known of this family name other then they grew up in Manhattan, New York, other states and cities too but most can from boats and had to be quertied at Ellis Island, New York
Guasti Italian
Meaning uncertain, may denote someone from the town of Guasto. Alternately, it may be an occupational name from gastaldo "chamberlain", from Latin gastaldus "manager, bailiff, steward", or be a nickname from guasto "broken, crippled".
Gubanov Russian
From guban, meaning "big lips".
Gubler German (Swiss)
Means "Of the Mountains"... [more]
Gucci Italian
From the given name Guccio a nickname from the names Arriguccio and Uguccio... [more]
Gucciardo Italian
From the personal name Gucciardo, a revival of French Guichard, of Germanic origin, probably composed of the elements wig 'battle' or wisa 'experience' + hard 'strong', 'brave', 'hardy'.
Guccione Italian, Sicilian
Derived from the given name Guccio, a diminutive of Arriguccio, Uguccio and other names ending in guccio.
Guchetl Adyghe (Russified)
From Circassian гъукӏэ (ġ°č̣̍ă) meaning "blacksmith" and лӏы (ḷə) meaning "man".
Guchol Micronesian
Means "turmeric" in a Micronesian language.
Güçlü Turkish
Means "powerful, strong" in Turkish.
Gudaitis Lithuanian
Ethnic name from gudas meaning "Belorussian".
Gudgeon English
from Middle English gojon, gogen, Old French gougon ‘gudgeon’ (the fish) (Latin gobio, genitive gobionis), applied as a nickname or perhaps as a metonymic occupational name for a seller of these fish... [more]
Gudkov Russian
From gudok, meaning "hooter".
Guendica Basque (Hispanicized)
Castilianized form of Gendika.
Guengerich German (Americanized)
Potentially from German “junge” and “reich,” meaning “rich at a young age.” Anglicized by immigrants as either Guengerich or Gingrich.
Guenther German
German: from a Germanic personal name composed of gund ‘battle’ + hari, heri ‘army’.
Guercio Italian
Probably a variant of Guerzoni, though it may derive from a Germanic given name.
Guereña Basque (Hispanicized)
Castilianized form of Gereña.
Guerino Italian
From the given name Guerino.
Guerlain French
Derived from the given name Guerlain.
Güero Spanish (Latin American, Rare)
A given nickname in latin America of a person with light features.... [more]
Guerre French
French Cognitive of Guerra, from the element werra "war".
Guerrer Catalan
It literally means "warrior".
Guerrier French
Nickname for an aggressive person or occupational name for a soldier, from Old French guerrier "warrior". Making it a cognitive for Guerrero and Guerriero.
Guerry French
From the Germanic given name Wigric derived from the elements wig "battle" and ric "powerful".
Guerzoni Italian
From guercio "cross-eyed, one-eyed; blind in one eye".
Guest English
Nickname for a stranger or newcomer to a community, from Middle English g(h)est meaning "guest", "visitor" (from Old Norse gestr, absorbing the cognate Old English giest).
Guevara Spanish
Hispanicized form of Gebara. A notable bearer was Argentine revolutionary Che Guevara (1928-1967), who was born Ernesto Guevara.
Guevarra Spanish (Philippines)
Variant of Guevara primarily used in the Philippines.
Guevera Spanish
means "protector"
Gug Korean
From korean hanja 國, 菊, or 鞠. A surname for 19 000 koreans