Baby Names: Names Starting with G

 

GASPAR: Persian for "treasure bearer." Gaspar was one of the three wise men; his gift to the Christ child was frankincense, representing divinity. Relatives: Gasper, Jasper.

GAVIN: Welsh for "hawk." A proper name for a future pilot. Relatives: Gavan. Namesakes: Gavin McLeod, Gavin Maxwell, John Gavin.

GAWAIN: Welsh for "courteous." Brave knight of the Round Table who tried to find and recover the Holy Grail. Relatives: Gawaine, Gawen.

GAY: From the Old French for "merry." Relatives: Gaye, Gae, Gai, Gaea, Gaia (Greek for "the earth"). Namesakes: Gay Talese, Gae Exton, John Gay.

GAYLORD: From the Old French for "brave." Relatives: Gaylard, Gayelord, Gay. Namesakes: Gaylord Perry.

GELSEY: A variety of jasmine (gelsemium). One of the more unusual floral names. Relatives: Gelsi, Gelsy. Namesake: Gelsey Kirkland.

GEMMA: Latin for "precious stone." A lovely name more popular in Britain than in the United States. Try pronouncing it with a soft "g," as in "gemstone." Relative: Jemma.

GENEVA: From the Old French for "juniper berry." An interesting change from Jennifer. Relatives: Genevia, Genny. Namesake: Geneva (Switzerland).

GENEVIEVE: Old Welsh for "white wave." Exquisite. A truly lovely-sounding name. Relative: Genny. Namesake: Genevieve Bujold.

GEORGE: Greek for "farmer." Saint George is the patron saint of England and is commonly depicted as the mighty dragon-slayer and damsel-saver. Relatives: Georg, Georges, Georgio, Giorgio, Giorgis, Georgius, Georgie, Georgi, Georgy, Geordie, Goran, Jorge, Jorges, Jorgen, Jerzy, Jiri, Juro, Jurik, Jur, Jeorg, Juergen, Jurgen, Jurek, Jorrin, Jurgi, Yegor, Yura, Yurchik, Yurik, Yusha, Yurko, Yoyi, Yuri, Egor, Zhorka, Seiorse. Namesakes: King George III, George Washington, George Bernard Shaw, George M. Cohan, George Gershwin, George Balanchine, George Burns, McGeorge Bundy, Jorge Amado, "Curious George."

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