50 Baby Names that Begin With G

Learn the meaning and origins of popular baby names that start with "G."

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You want to name your baby after your aunt Geraldine, but the name itself just does not appeal to you. Why not pay homage to your favorite aunt by choosing a name that starts with G that you actually like?

The letter G has two main sounds in the English language: the "hard G" like in the world gold and the "soft G" like in the word gentle. Baby names starting with the hard G tend to sound strong and serious, like Gregory or Gabriella. The soft G sound in Gemma or Gino comes across and more gentle and whimsical.

Here is our list of baby names that start with G.

Although many baby names are separated by gender, Verywell Family believes that sex does not need to play a role in your name selection process. It’s important to select a name that you feel suits your new baby the best.

Gabriel

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: God is my strong man
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Gavriel, Gavril, Jabril
  • Peak Popularity: Gabriel has been a top 100 name since the '70s and a top 50 name since the year 2000. It was most popular in 2010 at No. 21.

Gabriella

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: God is my strong man
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ella, Gabby, Gabriela, Gabrielle
  • Peak Popularity: Gabriella has been a top 100 name for more than 20 years. It was most popular in 2009 and 2010 when it sat at No. 33.

Gaetana

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: From Caieta
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Caetana, Gaetane
  • Peak Popularity: Gaetana is not listed in the top 1,000 names in the U.S.

Gaetano

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: From Caieta
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Cajetan, Gaetan, Cayetano
  • Peak Popularity: Gaetano dropped off the top 1,000 name chart in 1930 and hasn't made a reappearance since.

Gaia

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Earth
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Gaea, Gaja, Kaja
  • Peak Popularity: Gaia is not listed in the top 1,000 names in the U.S.

Gale

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: My father's joy
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Gail, Gayle
  • Peak Popularity: Gale dropped off the charts in 1971 and hasn't made it back on the list since.

Galen

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Calm
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Galenos
  • Peak Popularity: Galen dropped off the top 1,000 baby name chart in 1997.

Galia

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Wave from God
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Gal, Galya
  • Peak Popularity: Galia is not listed in the top 1,000 names in the U.S.

Garland

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Triangle land
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Garlind
  • Peak Popularity: Garland is not listed in the top 1,000 U.S. baby names.

Garrett

  • Origin: Germanic
  • Meaning: Ruler of the spear
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Garet, Garritt
  • Peak Popularity: Garrett is a top 500 name. It was in the top 100 names from 1990 to 2002. Its peak popularity in the year 2000 at No. 74.

Garth

  • Origin: Old Norse
  • Meaning: Garden
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Gareth
  • Peak Popularity: Garth is not in the top 1,000 names in the U.S.

Gaultier

  • Origin: Germanic
  • Meaning: Ruler of the army
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Gutierre, Valter, Walter
  • Peak Popularity: Gaultier is not listed in the top 1,000 U.S. baby names.

Gemma

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Gem
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Gema, Jemma
  • Peak Popularity: Gemma first came onto the charts in 2008 and it has risen it popularity since. Gemma is currently at its peak popularity at No. 191, and it looks like this name will become more and more popular.

Genesis

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Origin
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Genesys
  • Peak Popularity: Genesis has been a top 100 name since 2008. Its peak was at No. 55 in 2013 and it is currently at No. 75.

Genette

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Yaweh is gracious
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Jeanette, Jeannette
  • Peak Popularity: Genette is not listed in the top 1,000 names in the U.S.

Genevieve

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: Unknown
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Genovefa, Genoveva
  • Peak Popularity: Genevieve has seen rises and falls in its popularity over time. Its peak was from 1914 to 1916 when it sat at No. 76. It experienced a gradual fall after that before rising again and hitting a second peak in 2021 at No. 155.

Gennifer

  • Origin: Celtic
  • Meaning: Fair, white, blessed
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Genifer, Jenifer, Jennifer
  • Peak Popularity: Gennifer is not listed in the top 1,000 names in the U.S.

Geoffrey

  • Origin: Germanic
  • Meaning: Peaceful territory
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Geffrey, Jeffery, Jeffrey
  • Peak Popularity: Geoffrey has been sharply declining in popularity. In 1976 it peaked at No. 167 and it is not at No. 990 and poised to fall off the charts. It's alternate spelling, Jeffrey, is much more common but also in a decline

George

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Farmer
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: George, Giorge, Giorgio, Jorge
  • Peak Popularity: George has been steadily declining in popularity over the years, but it is still a popular name. It was a top 10 name until 1938 and a top 100 name until 1933. It is currently at No. 134.

Georgina

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Farmer
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Georgeanna, Georgette, Georgia
  • Peak Popularity: Georgina fell off the top baby name charts in 1993.

Gerald

  • Origin: Germanic
  • Meaning: Ruler of the spear
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Geraldo, Gerhold, Gerold, Jerald, Jerold
  • Peak Popularity: Gerald has been on a steady decline since the 1970's and it fell off the charts in 2021.

Gessica

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: To behold
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Jesca, Jessica, Jessika, Yesica
  • Peak Popularity: Gessica a rare name and not listed in the top 1,000 names. Its alternate spelling, Jessica, is much more common and even sat as the No. 1 name during the 1980's and 1990's.

Gia

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Yaweh is gracious
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Giannina, Nina
  • Peak Popularity: Gia recently saw a surge in popularity and it is currently at its peak at No. 278.

Gianna

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Yaweh is gracious
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Giana, Janina, Jeanna
  • Peak Popularity: Gianna is at its all-time most common at No. 13 on the charts.

Gift

  • Origin: Old Norse
  • Meaning: Gift
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Gifty
  • Peak Popularity: Gift is not listed in the top 1,000 names in the U.S. It is more common in English-influenced parts of Africa.

Gilbert

  • Origin: Germanic
  • Meaning: Bright pledge
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Gilberte, Giselbert, Gisilbert
  • Peak Popularity: Gilbert dropped off the charts in 2016 after declining in popularity since the 1940's.

Gilead

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Heap of witness
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Galaad, Galahad, Gilad
  • Peak Popularity: Gilead is not listed in the top 1,000 names in the U.S.

Gilroy

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Servant's son
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Gilroi
  • Peak Popularity: Gilroy is not listed in the top 1,000 names in the U.S.

Ginny

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Virgin
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Gena, Gina, Ginnie
  • Peak Popularity: Ginny dropped off the top 1,000 baby name charts in 1982.

Gino

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Farmer
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Giorgino
  • Peak Popularity: Gino spent some time on the charts but was never more popular than No. 603. It dropped off in 2014.

Giovanna

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Yahweh is gracious
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Giovanetta, Vanna
  • Peak Popularity: Giovanna is a moderately popular name and it was most common in the early 2000's.

Giselle

  • Origin: Germanic
  • Meaning: Pledge
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Gisele, Gisella, Gisselle
  • Peak Popularity: The name Giselle saw a surge in popularity in the mid-nineties around the time that Gisele Bundchen became a top model. Giselle has remained a common name for girls since. It's most popular year was 2009 when it reached No. 134.

Giuseppina

  • Origin: Ancient Hebrew
  • Meaning: He will add
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Giuseppa, Josepha, Josipa
  • Peak Popularity: Giuseppina is not listed in the top 1,000 names in the U.S.

Giulia

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Bearded father
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Giulietta, Julia, Julie, Juliya, Yulia
  • Peak Popularity: Giulia is not listed in the top 1,000 names in the U.S. Its alternate spelling, Julia, is much more popular in the U.S.

Giuliana

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Downy-bearded
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Iuliana, Juliana, Liana, Yuliana
  • Peak Popularity: Giuliana first appeared on the charts in 2007. After five years of increased popularity, it started to decline. Its alternate spelling, Juliana, is much more popular in the U.S.

Glen

  • Origin: Gaelic
  • Meaning: Valley
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Glenn, Gleanne
  • Peak Popularity: Glen fell off the charts in 2003 after a steady decline in popularity.

Glinda

  • Origin: Literature
  • Meaning: Glinda was the name of a good witch in Frank L. Baum's "The Wizard of Oz".
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Glenda, Glynda
  • Peak Popularity: Glinda is currently a rare name but it did make a brief appearance on the charts from 1944 to 1955. This is most likely related to the release of the "Wizard of Oz" film in 1939.

Gloria

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Glory
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Gloriana, Glory
  • Peak Popularity: Gloria is a moderately popular name. It was a top 100 name during the earlier half of the 20th century, but it has seen a steady decline since.

Godfrey

  • Origin: Germanic
  • Meaning: Peace of God
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Godafrid, Godfried
  • Peak Popularity: Godfrey is not listed in the top 1,000 names in the U.S.

Godric

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: God's ruler
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Godrik
  • Peak Popularity: Godric is not listed in the top 1,000 names in the U.S.

Goldie

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Gold
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Golda, Goldi
  • Peak Popularity: Goldie made a sudden resurgence in 2021 after having fallen off the charts back in 1958. It was most popular in 1907.

Golshan

  • Origin: Persian
  • Meaning: Rose garden
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Gulshan
  • Peak Popularity: Golshan is not listed in the top 1,000 names in the U.S.

Gordan

  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning: Spacious fort
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Gorden, Gordyn
  • Peak Popularity: Gordon has been steadily declining in popularity and it is poised to fall off the charts soon. It was most common in the U.S. in the '30s and '40s.

Grace

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Thanks
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Gracia, Gracie, Grazia
  • Peak Popularity: Grace is a top 50 name. It has been very popular during the past 30 years. Grace was also quite common in the early part of the 20th century.

Graham

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Gravely homestead
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Gram, Gramme
  • Peak Popularity: Graham has historically been a popular name in the U.S.

Grant

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: Great, large
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Garnet
  • Peak Popularity: Grant has historically been a popular name in the U.S.

Grayson

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Son of the steward
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Greysen, Greyson
  • Peak Popularity: Grayson is a very common name. It is at its peak popularity, and it has been a top 100 name for the past 10 years in the U.S.

Gregory

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Watchful, alert
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Grego, Gregoire, Gregorio
  • Peak Popularity: Greory is a fairly common name and it is currently at No. 486 on the charts. Its heyday lasted pretty long, from the 1940s to the 1990s, during which it was a top 100 name.

Gunther

  • Origin: Germanic
  • Meaning: Warrior guard
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Gundahar, Gunnar, Gunner, Gunter
  • Peak Popularity: Gunther is not listed in the top 1,000 names in the U.S.

Guy

  • Origin: Ancient Germanic
  • Meaning: Wood
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Guido
  • Peak Popularity: Guy fell off the charts in 2006 after a steadily decline in popularity.
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  1. Social Security Administration. Popularity of name.