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,…

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…

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…

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…

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    

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)  

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…

Garvin

Garvin comes from an Irish surname, an anglicized form of Irish Ó Gairbhín meaning “descendant of Gairbhín”, the latter a given name made up from Irish garbh (rough; coarse) via Old Irish garb which derives from a Proto-Celtic root; the second element of the name could be made up from the diminutive suffix -an though I’ve also seen it…