Gunther

Gunther is the name of a historical king who appears in the Germanic saga Nibelungenlied, wanting to marry Brunhild, a shieldmaiden or valkyrie, but a fiercely strong and independent woman. She sets a series os tasks for Gunther that are impossible for him to do, so his oath-brother (and later brother-in-law) Siegfried took his place with the aid…

Graciela

Graciela is a Spanish female name, an elaborated form of Gracia meaning “grace” in Spanish which comes from Latin gratia (grace) deriving from a PIE root word. Nicknames: Gracie, Ciela Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Gracia (Spanish) Graciana (Spanish, Portuguese) Gratiana (Ancient Roman) Graziana (Italian) Gracília (Portuguese) Graça (Portuguese) Grazia (Italian) Graziella (Italian diminutive of Grazia) Gratia (German, Latin) Grace…

Garland

Garland comes from an English surname meaning “triangle land” made up of Old English gara (triangular piece of land) and land (land). It could also have originated as an occupational name for someone who sold garlands. Garland also refers to a wreath of flowers or leaves, as well as also referring to a mark of honor or…

Godelieve

Godelieve is the Dutch form of Godeliva, an Old English female name, the feminine form of Gottlieb made up of Germanic elements god (God) and lieb (love, dear) or Old High German leiba (descendant, son) via Proto-Germanic *laibō (what is left, remainder, remnant) via *lībaną (to remain, to be left) derived form a PIE root word. Nicknames: Lieve (Dutch) Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Godeliva (Ancient…

Guillermo

Guillermo (pr. gee-yehr-mo; Forvo) is the Spanish form of William, the English form of Germanic Willahelm meaning “desiring protection” or “willful protection” from Germanic elements wil (will, desire) and helm (helmet, protection). Nicknames: Memo (Spanish), Guille (pr. gee-yay; Forvo) Origin: Proto-Indo-European    

Gwenhwyfar

Gwenhwyfar is a Welsh female name, the Welsh form of Guinevere which is made up of Proto-Celtic *windos (fair, white, blessed) and sebara (specter, phantom, demon, spirit, magical being), so the name essentially means “fair phantom”, “white phantom” or “white magical being”. In Arthurian legend, Guinevere is the wife of King Arthur and ends up being his eventual downfall. Nicknames: Gwen, Gwennie/Gwenny Origin:…

Gaston

Gaston is a French male name, possibly derived from a Germanic name, either from Germanic element gasti meaning “stranger” or “guest” or it could have been given to someone who came from Gascony, a former region in southwest France. Gaston is also a French surname. Origin: Proto-Germanic Variants: Gastón (Spanish) Gastone (Italian)  

Geneva

Geneva is the name of a city in Switzerland as well as the name of several places in the U.S. The origin of the name is uncertain though it may be derived from Celtic genu meaning “bend, knee” or “mouth” referring to an estuary or a bending river, derived from a PIE root word. It’s also possible that…

Gwydion

Gwydion is a Welsh male name meaning “born of trees”, a modern form of Guidgen, made up from Welsh gwŷdd (trees; plough) which comes from Proto-Brythonic *gwɨð (wood, trees) derived form Proto-Celtic *widus (wood, trees), a cognate with Proto-Germanic *widuz (wood); and Proto-Celtic *genos (family, clan; birth) derived from a PIE root word. In Welsh mythology, Gwydion is a hero and a trickster as well as…