Gilgamesh

Origin: Akkadian, Sumerian Meaning: though the meaning is not clear, I’ve seen it listed as meaning something to the effect of “the ancestor is a young man” or “may the (mature) man become a young man again”. Variants: Bilgamesh (Sumerian); Gilgamos (Greek) The eponymous hero of the Epic of Gilgamesh, an epic poem believed to be…

Gilead

Origin: Hebrew גִּלְעָד (Ancient Hebrew) Gil’ad Meaning: the name of a place in the Old Testament, located east of Jordan, I’ve seen it meaning “monument of testimony”; “harsh”, rude” from Arabic jal’ad; “perptual fountain”, “heap of stones” or “camel hump”. Variants: Gilad It’s pronounced gil-ee-uhd and I’ve posted a link below. http://forvo.com/search/gilead/

Graciela

Origin: Spanish Meaning: an elaborate form of Gracia meaning “grace”. Gracília is the Portuguese equivalent of Graça.

Gillian

Origin: English, Irish Meaning: a medieval English feminine form of Julian, derived from Julius, which either means “downy-bearded” or else is related to Jupiter, composed from elements dyeus meaning “shine” or “sky” and pater “father”. It’s also an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Gileáin meaning “son of Gileán”, the latter derived from personal name Gealán, a diminutive of geal meaning…

Gyatso

Origin: Tibetan རྒྱ་མཚོ (Tibetan) Meaning: from a Tibetan name, Rgya-mtsho, meaning “ocean”

Godfrey

Origin: Germanic, English Meaning: from Germanic Godafrid meaning “peace of God” from Germanic elements god “god” and frid “peace”.

Gabriel

Origin: Hebrew גַּבְרִיאֵל (Gavri’el) Hebrew Γαβριηλ (Gabriel) Ancient Greek Meaning: from Hebrew Gavri’el meaning “God is my strong man”, “strong man of God”, “God is my strength”. Gabe is a diminutive form of the name. Gabrielle and Gabriela/Gabriella are feminine forms of the name. Masculine forms: Gabriele (Italian); Gábor (Hungarian); Gavriil (Russian); Jabril, Jibril (Arabic); Kaapro…

Garrett

Origin: English Meaning: from an English surname either derived from Gerald meaning “ruler of the spear” or Gerard, meaning “brave as a spear”. Variants: Garet, Garret

Gaston

Origin: French Meaning: It could be derived from Germanic element gasti meaning “stranger” or it could mean “Gasconi” or “of Gascony” referring to someone who came from the Gascony region in Southern France.  

Georgina

Origin: English Meaning: feminine form of George which comes from Greek georgos (γεωργος) meaning “farmer, earthworker”, from Greek elements ge (γη) “earth” and ergon (εργον) “work”. Georgina Orwell is one of the antagonists in Book 4 (The Miserable Mill), an associate of Count Olaf’s who tries to help him steal the Baudelaire fortune. She meets a particularly gruesome end. Georgina…

Gunther

Origin: German Meaning: from Germanic Gundahar meaning “war, army/warrior” from Germanic elements gund (war) and hari (army, warrior) In the Germanic saga Nibelungenlied Gunther is a king who wants to marry Brunhild, a shieldmaiden or valkyrie, but someone who is very strong and fierce. She sets a series os tasks for Gunther that are impossible for him to do, so his…

Godelieve

Origin: Dutch Meaning: Dutch form of Godeliva, itself a feminine form of Gotelieb meaning “god, dear/beloved” from Germanic elements god “god” and leub “dear, beloved” Lieve is a short form of the name Variants: Godeliva

Galatea

Pinterest Origin: Greek ( Γαλατεια ) Meaning: goddess of calm seas from galene γαλήνη (calm, gentle sea) or milky white from gala γάλα (milky white) Though there are a few Galateas in Greek mythology, the most famous one I know is Pygmalion and Galatea. Pygmalion was a sculptor who carved such a beautiful figure out of ivory that…

Guiomar

Origin: Germanic Meaning: derived from Germanic name Wigmar, from elements wig “war, battle” and meri “famous”. According to Wikipedia, it’s a surname ranging from Portuguese, French and Swedish. It was also the name of a male cousin of Guinevere’s in the Lancelot-Grail cycle. In modern Portugual and Spain, it is used as a feminine name.

Gretchen

Origin: German Meaning: diminutive form of Margareta, from English Margaret meaning “pearl”

Gary

Origin: English Meaning: comes from Germanic element ger meaning “spear” Variants: Garry

Guillermo

Origin: Spanish Meaning: Spanish form of William meaning comprised from Germanic elements wil “will, desire” and helm “helmet, protection” Pronounced gee-yer-mo

Gracie

Origin: English Meaning: a diminutive form of Grace, from Latin gratia meaning “gracious”

Giselle

Origin: French Meaning: hostage, pledge Variants: Gisele, Gisela, Gisella

Gilbert

Origin: English, French, Dutch, German Meaning: bright pledge or shining pledge