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…

Gia

Gia is a female given name, a diminutive of Gianna, itself an Italian diminutive of Giovanna which is the feminine form of Giovanni, the Italian form of John meaning “Yahweh is gracious” from Hebrew. Gia 嘉 is also a Vietnamese male name meaning “praise, auspicious; excellent” which derives from Sino-Vietnamese. Spelled giá it’s a Vietnamese word meaning “price” 價. Origin: Hebrew, Sino-Vietnamese  

Grey

Grey is another spelling of Gray, an English name which originated as a nickname for someone who had gray hair or a gray beard. It comes from Old English græg (grey) via Proto-Germanic *grēwaz (grey) which derives from PIE root *gʰreh₁- (to grow). Grey could also be derived from a Roman-Gallo name, Gratus, meaning “pleasing, acceptable, agreeable, welcome” from Latin gratia (favor, kindness) and…

Guadalupe

Guadalupe is a Spanish unisex name which comes from the Spanish title “Our Lady of Guadalupe” from the name of a river in Spain. The name is made up of Arabic wadi (valley, river) and Latin lupus (wolf) essentially meaning “valley of the wolf” or “wolf’s river”. Nicknames: Lupe, Lupita Origin: Arabic, Proto-Indo-European  

Genteel

Genteel is an English word, an adjective meaning “refined, well-mannered or polite; belonging or suited to polite society; affectedly proper or refined” which comes from Old French gentil (helpful, kind; pleasant, amiable, nice; noble family, well-born) via Latin gentilis (tribesman, clansman; of the same family or clan) which ultimately derives from a PIE root word *ǵenh₁- (to produce, to beget, to…

Guiomar

Guiomar is a Spanish and Portuguese name, possibly deriving from Wigmar, a Germanic name meaning “famous in battle” made up from wig (war, battle) and māri (famous, renowned). It was the name of a male cousin of Guinevere‘s in the Vulgate cycle who becomes the lover of Morgan le Fay. Guiomar is also a surname likely derived from the given name. In…

Grayer

Grayer is an English surname of uncertain meaning and origin. It could be an anglicized form of Grauer, a German surname meaning “gray”, originally starting out as a nickname for someone who had gray hair or a gray beard. The etymology of the name comes from German grau (gray) derived from Proto-Germanic *grēwaz (gray). Grayer may also have arisen as…

Gael

Gael (pr. ga-el or gale) is an anglicized spelling of Gaël, a Breton male name of uncertain origin and meaning. It could be derived from a contracted form of Gwenaël, a French name meaning “generous” or “white +genereous” from Breton gwenn (white, fair, blessed) derived from Proto-Celtic *windos (white); and hael (generous). I’ve also seen it linked to Gael, the ethonym of an ethnic group related to Ireland,…

Gemini

Gemini is the 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), possibly deriving from PIE *yem- (to pair, match). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Male forms: Geminus (Ancient Roman)…