Gerald

Gerald is an English male name, as well as a surname, made up from Germanic elements ger (spear) and wald (rule) essentially meaning “ruler of the spear”. Nicknames: Gerry, Jerry Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Jerald (English) Jerold (English) Jerrold (English) Gerold (Germanic, Ancient Germanic) Gerhold (Archaic German) Gerolt (Dutch) Gérald (French) Géraud (French) Gearalt (Irish) Gearóid (Irish) Giraldo (Italian) Geraldo (Spanish,…

Gemina

Gemina is a female given name with several possible origins: it could be a variant form of Gemini,  name of the third sign of the zodiac and a constellation which represents twins Castor and Pollux, who had the same mother, Leda, but different fathers: Pollux was the son of Zeus while Castor’s father was the Spartan king Tyndareus. The name comes from Latin geminī meaning “twins” from geminus (twin; double, paired),…

Griselda

Griselda is an English female name derived from a Germanic origin meaning “gray battle” via Germanic elements gris (gray) and hild (battle). Nicknames: Zelda, Selda Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Griselde (German) Grisold (German) Grizeldisz (Hungarian) Grizelda (Hungarian, Czech, Slovak, English) Grizel (Scottish) Grissel (Medieval English) Griseldis (English) Grisilde (English)  

Gertrude

Gertrude is an English and German female given name meaning “spear strength”, made up of Germanic elements ger (spear) and thrud (strength). It was used by Shakespeare for a character in Hamlet (1600) as the mother of the eponymous character. Nicknames: Gert, Gerty/Gertie, Trudy/Trudie, Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Proto-Germanic Variants: Gertrud (German, Swedish, Ancient Germanic) Gertraud (German) Geretrudis (Latinized Ancient…

Gracie

Gracie is a nickname for Grace which comes from Latin gratia meaning “favor, kindness” and usually referring to qualities of elegance, pleasantness, charm, kindness, courteousness, and attractiveness. It derives from grātus (pleasing, acceptable, agreeable) via PIE *gʷerH- (to favor, approve; praise). I’ve also seen it listed as having originally been associated with Germanic element gris meaning “gray” though it was later…

Gershon

Gershon seems to be a variant form of Gershom, a Hebrew male name possibly meaning “exile” though it could also be derived from Hebrew ger sham meaning “a stranger there”, though it’s also been interpreted as “a sojourner there”. I’ve also seen it listed as being derived from the Hebrew verb garash meaning “to drive or cast out”….

Geir

Geir is a Norwegian and Icelandic male name meaning “spear”, derived from Old Norse element geirr (spear) via Proto-Germanic *gaizaz (spear, pike, javelin) derived from a PIE root word. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Geirr (Ancient Scandinavian) Gero (German, Ancient Germanic) Gervas (German, Ancient Germanic) Gervasius (Latinized Ancient Germanic) Gervase (English) Gervais (French) Gervasio (Italian, Spanish) Gervásio (Portuguese) Gerwazy…

Gretchen

Gretchen originated as a German diminutive of Margareta, the German and Nordic form of Margaret meaning “pearl” which comes from Ancient Greek margarítēs (pearl) which either derives from Sanskrit manyari or perhaps from an Iranian source. Origin: Sanskrit Variants: Greta (German, Italian, Lithuanian, Swedish, English) Grete (German, Danish, Norwegian) Meta (German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish) Gretel (German) Gretta (English)    

Georgina

Georgina is the feminine form of George, the English form of Greek Georgios, which means “farmer, earthworker” from georgos made up from Greek elements ge (earth) and ergon (work). Nicknames: Georgie, Gina Origin: Ancient Greek, Proto-Indo-European Variants: Georgiana (English, Romanian) Georgianna (English) Georgeanna (English) Georgia (English, Greek) Georgina (English, Dutch, German, Spanish) Georgine (English) Georgene (English) Georgette (French) Georgine (French) Georgelle (English) Jorja (English) Gergana…