Gaia

Gaia is the name of the primordial goddess of the earth in Greek mythology, and mother of the many Olympian gods, the Titans, and the giants. Her name means “earth” which may be derived from Ancient Greek gê (earth), of uncertain origin though perhaps deriving from a pre-Indo-European origin. Gaia is also the feminine form of Gaius,…

Gazelle

Gazelle is the name of a species of antelope, a beautiful and graceful creature that was often used in Arabic poetry as a symbol of female beauty. The name comes from Arabic gazal غَزَال (gazelle; delicate, graceful) derived from Arabic root word ḡ-z-l غ ز ل , referring to something graceful and delicate. Origin: Arabic Variants: Ghazal (Persian) Ghazala (Arabic,…

Gal

Gal is a Hebrew unisex name meaning “wave”, as well as a Slovene male name, a short form of Gallus, an Ancient Roman name meaning “rooster, cock” which ultimately derives from a PIE root word. Gal is also a Hebrew and Slovenian, Slovak, and Polish surname originating from the given names. Origin: Hebrew, Proto-Indo-European Female forms:…

Gold

Gold is the name of a precious metal with the symbol Au for gold, as well as referring to a bright yellow color. It comes from Proto-Germanic *gulþą (gold) which derives from a PIE root word. Gold is also an English and Jewish surname which could have originated as an occupational name for someone who worked with…

Germaine

Germaine is a French female name, the feminine form of Germain, the French form of Germanus, an Ancient Roman cognomen given to those who were from Germany or who came from one of the various Germanic tribes at the time. The origin of the name is uncertain; it may be derived from a Celtic or Gaulish word,…

Gilby

Gilby comes from an English surname, a locational name for someone who came from a place called Gilby. The second element comes from Old Norse byr meaning “settlement, farm”, while the first part of the name may be a diminutive of Gilbert (meaning “bright pledge” or “bright hostage”), so essentially meaning “Gilbert’s farm” or “settlement of Gilbert”. It’s…

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…