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Many surnames are associated with the place/locality of where the family lived and in those cases the location is noted as the meaning.
Many surnames are associated with the occupation of the person given the name.

Surname Origin Meaning
Gadsby Danish              Danish From gade, a street, and by, a town
Gainnes Gaelic              Gaelic Gainne, a dart, an arrow, a shaft
Gairden Gaelic              Gaelic An inclosed or fortified place
Galbraith Gaelic              Gaelic Gall and Bhreatan
Gale A Gael or Scot; a stranger
Galgachus Gaelic              Gaelic Gald the fighter of battles, Colgach, Gaelic, fierce, furious, and ach, battle, skirmish
Gall Gaelic              Gaelic A native of the Lowlands of Scotland
Gallagher Gaelic              Gaelic From Gallach, valiant, brave, and er put for fear, a man
Galligan Gaelic              Gaelic From Gealagan, white
Gallup German              German Gottlieb
Galt A bush of hair
Ganesvoort Dutch               Dutch From Gans, a goose, and voort, advanced, forward
Gano Locality            Locality Welsh, genau, an opening of a lake, river, dale or valley
Garcia Spanish-Portuguese  Spanish-Portuguese son of Garcia Gerald
Gardener the occupation
Gardiner Gairden
Gardner the occupation
Garenneir French              French A warrener, a keeper of a warren
Garfield Saxon, Garwian, to prepare
Garnet Locality            Locality Garnedd, Welsh, a tumulus; an ancient place of Druid worship
Garnier French              French Garnir, to summons, warn, call out, furnish, supply
Garo British, signifies fierce, keen, sharp, rough, a rough place
Garow British, signifies fierce, keen, sharp, rough, a rough place
Garrah Cornish-British     Cornish-British The top of the hill
Garret Gerard
Garrison Locality            Locality A place where troops are stationed
Garrow British, signifies fierce, keen, sharp, rough, a rough place
Garry Locality            Locality A town in Scotland
Garth Welsh               Welsh A hill or promontory
Garza Spanish             Spanish heron
Gaskell Gaelic              Gaelic Gaisgeil, valorous
Gaston Locality            Locality Gastein, a town in Bavaria
Gates Locality            Locality Gate, in Scotland, means a road or way
Gaudet French              French Waldo
Gavet Locality            Locality A town in Savoy or Dauphiny, an old province of France
Gayer A gray-hound
Gaylor Geller, loud-voiced
Gear one who took charge of and superintended the gear
Gebauer German              German peasant or tiller of the field
Geddes Locality            Locality Gaeta, a town of Italy
Geer one who took charge of and superintended the gear
Geoffrey Belgic              Belgic From gau, joyful, and fred, peace
George Greek               Greek farmer
Gerard Teutonic            Teutonic From Gar, all, and ard, nature
Gerber German              German tanner
Germain German              German native of Germany
Gerry Gerard
Gervas German              German Steadfast, honorable
Getman German              German from kette, a chain, and mann
Getty Locality            Locality Gaeta, a town of Italy
Gibbon Welsh               Welsh Guiban, a fly
Gibbs Gilbert
Gibson Scottish            Scottish son of Gib or Gilbert
Giddings son of Gid or Gideon
Giffard Saxon               Saxon Liberal disposition; the giver
Gifford Saxon               Saxon Liberal disposition; the giver
Gihon Locality            Locality Gien or Gihen, a town of France, in the province of Orleans
Gilbert German              German Bright pledge
Gilchrist Gaelic              Gaelic From gille, a servant, and Chriosed, Christ
Gilkinson son of Gilkin
Gill Locality            Locality A valley or woody glen
Gillan Locality            Locality A town in Scotland
Gillespie Gaelic              Gaelic Archibald
Gillet Guillot, the French diminutive for William
Gillett Guillot, the French diminutive for William
Gillies Gaelic              Gaelic Gill-Iosa, the servant of Jesus
Gillman Gaulman, a Gael, or Brookman, from gill, a brook
Gillpatrick Gaelic              Gaelic From gille, a servant, and Patrick
Gilly Cornish-British     Cornish-British The wood or grove of hazel
Gilmour Gaelic              Gaelic Gillemore the henchman or follower of the chief
Gilroy Gile-roimh, a running footman attendant on a Highland chieftain
Gilson The son of Gil or Gilbert
Girard French              French Gerard
Girdwood Locality            Locality The green wood
Girvan Locality            Locality the river and town of Girvan in Ayrshire, Scotland
Givens Welsh               Welsh A smith
Glanville Locality            Locality A house or castle on the shore of a river or the sea
Glasgow Gaelic              Gaelic the city of Glasgow, Scotland
Glass Gaelic              Gaelic Gray, pale, wan
Glentworth Locality            Locality Glyn, a valley, and worth, a habitation, dwelling, or farm
Gliston Locality            Locality the shining hill, the mineral or mica hill
Gloucester Locality            Locality the city of Gloucester, England
Glouchester Locality            Locality the city of Gloucester, England
Glyn British             British The woody vale
Goadby Locality            Locality the Danish word Gode, that is, good, fair, rich, fine, and by, the Danish for a town
Godard German              German God-like disposition
Godeno French              French A Jack in the box
Godenot French              French A Jack in the box
Godfrey German              German God and frid or frede, peace, or from Gau
Godolphin Cornish-British     Cornish-British Godol, a little valley, and phin or phince, springs
Godwin God or good, Saxon, and win, conqueror,
Goff Welsh               Welsh Gof, a smith
Golburn Cornish-British     Cornish-British The holy well
Goldsmith A name of trade
Gollah Cornish-British     Cornish-British The bottom, or low place
Golly Cornish-British     Cornish-British The bottom, or low place
Gomez Spanish             Spanish personal name guma
Gonzales Spanish             Spanish son of Gonzalo
Gonzalez Spanish             Spanish son of Gonzalo
Goodall Good hall, a fine hall
Goodenough French              French A Jack in the box
Goodhue good and Hugh
Goodrich Saxon               Saxon God or good, and ric, rich
Goodsir Goodsir
Goodsire Goodsire
Goodyear Goodyear
Gookin Gaelic              Gaelic Gugan, a bud, flower, a daisy
Goon British             British Gun, a plain, a down or common
Gordon Scottish            Scottish Gurtduine, Gaelic, a fierce man
Goring Locality            Locality A battle field
Gorman A native of Germany
Gorten Gaelic              Gaelic Gairtean, a garden, a small piece of arable land enclosed
Gospatrick Patrick, a title given to the Earl of March, of Scotland
Goss Saxon               Saxon A goose
Goudy Locality            Locality Gouda, a town in the Netherlands, in South Holland
Goupil French              French An obsolete French word for fox
Gow Gaelic              Gaelic A smith
Gowan Gaelic              Gaelic A smith
Gower Welsh               Welsh Gwyr, a place in Glamorganshire
Grace Le Gros the fat or large
Graeme Gaelic              Gaelic gruaim, surly, sullen, dark, having a fierce and stern look, courageous
Graham Gaelic              Gaelic gruaim, surly, sullen, dark, having a fierce and stern look, courageous
Granger Saxon               Saxon One who superintended a large farm or Grange
Grant Gritty or Gravelly
Granville French              French A town in France on the English channel
Grasse Locality            Locality a town in Piedmont, France
Gray Scottish            Scottish A town in Burgundy, France
Greely Locality            Locality Greilly, in France
Green Locality            Locality The green hill
Greenough Locality            Locality The green hill
Greer Gregor
Gregor Gaelic              Gaelic Greigh a herd and fear a man
Gregory Greek               Greek watchful
Greig Greek               Greek Cryg, hoarse
Grew Welsh-British       Welsh-British A crane
Grey Gray
Grier Greigh a herd and fear a man
Grierson son of Greer or Gregor
Griffin Griffwn, in Welsh, is applied to a man having a crooked nose, like a hawk's bill
Griffith Cornish-British     Cornish-British Cryf, Welsh, strong, and ffyd, faith
Grimes Gaelic              Gaelic gruaim, surly, sullen, dark, having a fierce and stern look, courageous
Grimsb Locality            Locality A borough in Lincolnshire, England
Grinell French              French Grenelle, a town in France
Grissell Grisyl, in the Cornish British, signifies sharp, keen
Groat Dutch               Dutch town in Holland
Groesbeck Dutch               Dutch Groesbeck in Holland
Groot Dutch               Dutch town in Holland
Groscup German              German gross, big, and kopf, head
Gross German              German large
Grossman German              German large
Grosvenor French              French A great hunter or the grand huntsman, from Gros veneur
Grover Groover, graver, one who carves or engraves
Gualt Welsh               Welsh A bush of hair
Guelph A wolf or welf
Guey Welsh               Welsh Gwiw, good, excellent
Guiar Spanish             Spanish A guide
Guinee Welsh               Welsh Gwyn, white
Guiot son of Guy
Guiscard Normandy            Normandy A wily or crafty man, a shifter
Gunn British             British a plain, a down or common
Gunning son of Gunn
Gunsalus Spanish             Spanish son of Goncale
Gunter native of Gaunt or Ghent
Gurdin Welsh               Welsh gwrdd, strong, and dyn, a man
Gurney Locality            Locality the town of Gournay, in Normandy
Gurr Welsh               Welsh man or husband.
Guthrie Guthrie, a town in Scotland
Gutierrez Spanish             Spanish son of Gutierre
Guy term given in Gaul to the mistletoe, or cure-all
Guzman Spanish             Spanish probably from a Germanic personal name
Gwynne Welsh               Welsh Gwyn, white
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