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  1. GRAHAM: Scottish surname, derived from Grantham, the name of a town in Lincolnshire, composed of the Old English elements grand "gravel" and ham "home," hence "gravel home."
  2. GRAHAME: Variant spelling of the Scottish surname Graham, meaning "gravel home."
  3. GRANTHAM: Old English surname, derived from a place name composed of the elements grand "gravel" and ham "home," hence "gravel home."
  4. GRANT: Scottish surname, derived from the name of a famous clan, from Norman grand, meaning "great, large." 
  5. GRANVILLE: English surname, derived from a Norman baronial name composed of the elements grand "large" and ville "settlement," hence "large settlement."
  6. GRAY: Variant spelling of the English surname Grey, derived from a byname for someone having gray hair or a beard, from Old English græg, meaning "grey."
  7. GRAYSON: English patronymic surname, derived from Middle English greyve "steward" from Old Norse greifi "count," hence "son of a steward." 
  8. GREER: Scottish surname, derived from a contracted form of the masculine personal name Gregor, meaning "watchful; vigilant." Also spelled Grier.
  9. GREVILLE: English form of the Norman French baronial surname Gréville, meaning from the gravelly place."
  10. GRÉVILLE: Norman French baronial surname, derived from the place name Gréville in La Manche, composed of the elements grave "gravel" and ville "place, town," hence " from the gravelly place."
  11. GREY: English surname, derived from a byname for someone having gray hair or a beard, from Old English græg, meaning "grey." Also spelled Gray.
  12. GRIER: Variant spelling of the Scottish surname Greer, meaning "watchful; vigilant."
  13. GRIERSON: Scottish patronymic surname, meaning "son of Grier."
  14. GRONNOW: Variant spelling of the Anglo-Welsh surname Gronow, meaning "?-man."
  15. GRONOW (pron. gron-o): Welsh surname derived from an Anglicized form of the Celtic legend name Goronwy, meaning "?-man." Also spelled Goronw, and Gronw.
  16. GRONW (pron. grohn-oo): Variant spelling of the Anglo-Welsh surname Gronow, meaning "?-man."
  17. GROSVENOR: French surname, composed of the Anglo-Norman French elements gros "chief, great" and veneur "hunter," hence "chief hunter" or "great hunter."
  18. GROVER: English surname, derived from Old English graf "grove," hence "lives in a grove."
  19. GUARNIRE: Italian form of the French occupational surname Garnir, meaning "to warn, to call out," hence "town crier."
  20. GUIDI: Italian surname derived from the personal name Guido, meaning "of the wood."
  21. GUILLEMOT: French surname derived from the personal name Guillaume (English William), meaning "will-helmet."
  22. GUISHART: Old English surname meaning "wise heart." Concerning this name, William Arthur's, author of An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names, 1857, states: "Some ancient writers say, that Robert, son of David, Earl of Huntingdon, took on him the cross, and distinguished himself in the Holy Land, where, from his gallant exploits against the Saracens, he received the name of Guishart." Later spelled Wishart.
  23. GWYNNE: Welsh surname meaning "white."
  24. HADLEY: English surname, composed of the Old English elements hæð "heathland, heather, wasteland" and leah "clearing, field, meadow" hence "heather meadow."
  25. HADRIAN: English surname derived from Latin Hadrianus, meaning "from Hadria." Also spelled Adrian.
  26. HADWIN: English surname, composed of the Old English elements hadu "strife, war" and win(e) "friend," hence "war-friend."
  27. HAILEY: English surname, probably derived from Hailey, the name of a town in Oxfordshire, composed of the Old English elements heg "hay" and leah "field, meadow, pasture," hence "hay field." Some variant spellings include: Haily, Haley, Haly, and Hayley.
  28. HAILY: Variant spelling of the English surname Hailey, meaning "hay field."
  29. HALE: English surname, derived from Old English halh "nook, recess," hence "lives in a nook."
  30. HALEY: Variant spelling of the English surname Hailey, meaning "hay field."
  31. HALL: English surname, derived from Old English heall "hall," hence "lives at the hall."
  32. HALY: Variant spelling of the English surname Hailey, meaning "hay field."
  33. HAMILTON: Scottish surname transferred to English forename use, derived from Hameldune, the name of a place near Barkby in Leicestershire, England, from which the family took its name to Scotland, composed of the Old English elements hamel "blunt, crooked, flat-topped" and dun "hill," hence "flat-topped hill."
  34. HAMMOND: English surname, derived from Norman French Hamon, meaning "home." 
  35. HAMSTZHELM: Teutonic surname meaning "defender of his companions."
  36. HANLEY: From English O'Hanley ("descendant of Áinle"), hence "champion."
  37. HARAKKA: Finnish surname meaning "magpie."
  38. HARBERT: Variant spelling of the English surname Herbert, meaning "bright army."
  39. HARCOURT: English surname, composed of the Old English elements heafocere "falconer, hawker" and cot "hut," hence "from the falconer's/hawker's hut."
  40. HARDING: English surname, derived from the Anglo-Saxon personal name Hearding, meaning "descended from the hard one." 
  41. HARDY: English surname, derived from a byname for a courageous man, from Middle English/Old French hardi, meaning "brave, hardy, strong." 
  42. HARLAN: English surname, derived from the Anglo-Saxon surname Harland, meaning "hare's land."
  43. HARLAND: Anglo-Saxon surname, which may have derived from any of various places in England called Harland, composed of the Old English elements hara "hare" and land "land," hence "hare's land."
  44. HARLER: Probably from the Norman French byname for someone given to stirring up trouble, itself from hareler "to create a disturbance," hence "trouble-maker."
  45. HARLEY: English surname, derived from Old English hær "rock" and leah "meadow, pasture," hence "rocky meadow." 
  46. HARLIN: English surname transferred to forename use, from the Norman French personal name Herluin, meaning "noble friend" or "noble warrior."
  47. HARMON: English surname, derived from the German personal name Harman, meaning "bold/hardy man."
  48. HARPER: English occupational surname meaning "harp player."
  49. HARRAD: Variant spelling of the English surname Harrod, meaning "army ruler."
  50. HARRIS: A derivative of the English surname Harrison, meaning "son of Harry." 
  51. HARRISON: English patronymic surname meaning "son of Harry."
  52. HARROD: English surname, derived from the Anglo-Saxon personal name Hereweald, meaning "army ruler."
  53. HARTLEY: English surname, derived from the name of numerous places in England, many of which are composed of the Old English elements heorot "hart, male deer" and leah "meadow, pasture," hence "deer meadow."
  54. HARVARD: American English surname, derived from the Old Norse personal name Hervarðr, meaning "army-guard."
  55. HARVEY
    1. English surname, derived from Breton Haerveu, meaning "battle worthy."
    2. Irish Anglicized form of the Gaelic surname Ó hAirmheadhaigh ("descendant of Airmheadhach," a byname possibly meaning "cattle-herder."
  56. HASCALL: English surname, possibly meaning "a covert, a sheltered place."
  57. HAVELOCK: English surname meaning, "sea war."
  58. HAVERHILL: English surname derived from the name of a town in Suffolk, England, composed of Dutch hyver "oats" and English hill "hill," hence "the hill sown with oats."
  59. HAWK: Variant spelling of the English surname Hawke, meaning either "hawk," denoting a rapacious individual with predatory traits, or "breeder/trainer of hawks." 
  60. HAWKE: English surname, derived either from the Anglo-Saxon personal name Hafoc, meaning "hawk," denoting a rapacious individual with predatory traits, or, it may be an occupational name for a "breeder/trainer of hawks." Also spelled Hawk.
  61. HAWKIN: English surname transferred to forename use, originally a medieval diminutive form of English Hawk, meaning "little hawk."
  62. HAWKING: English patronymic surname, meaning "son of Hawk."
  63. HAWKINS: English patronymic surname, meaning "son of Hawkin," a personal name meaning "little hawk."
  64. HAYDEN: English surname, composed of the Old English elements heg "hay" and denu "valley," hence "hay valley." Also spelled Haydon. In use in Scotland.
  65. HAYDN: German surname, derived from a respelling of the German byname Heiden, meaning "heathen."
  66. HAYDON: Variant spelling of the English surname Hayden, meaning "hay valley."
  67. HAYLEY: Variant spelling of the English surname Hailey, meaning "hay field."
  68. HAYWOOD: English surname, composed of the Old English elements (ge)haeg "enclosure" and wudu "wood," hence "enclosed wood."
  69. HEADLEY: Variant spelling of the English surname Hedley, meaning "heather meadow."
  70. HEATH: English surname meaning "heath."
  71. HEDLEY: English surname, derived from the name of various places in England, composed of the Old English elements hæð "heather" and leah "clearing, field," hence "heather field" or "heather meadow." Also spelled Headley.
  72. HENDERSON: Scottish surname meaning "son of Hendry."
  73. HERBERT: English surname derived from Anglo-Saxon Herebeorht, meaning "bright army." Also spelled Harbert.
  74. HERLIHY: Irish Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hIarfhlatha "descendant of Iarfhlaith," hence "lord of the west."
  75. HERMAN: English surname derived from the personal name Herman, meaning "army man."
  76. HÉROUARD: French surname, derived from the Old Norse personal name Hervarðr, meaning "army-guard."
  77. HERRICK: German surname, originally a personal name, composed of the elements hari/heri "army" and ric "power," hence "army power."
  78. HESKETH: English surname, derived from the name Hesketh in the county Palatine of Lancaster, composed of the Old Norse elements hestr "horse, stallion" and skeiðr "a kind of fast warship."
  79. HILL: English habitational surname, derived from Old English hyll ("hill"), meaning "lives on a hill."
  80. HILTON: English surname, derived from the name of various places, composed of the Old English elements hyll "hill" and tun "settlement, town," hence "hill town."
  81. HOBKINS: English patronymic surname, meaning "son of Hob."
  82. HOFFMAN: Dutch surname, composed of the elements hof "court" and man "man," hence "man of the court."
  83. HOLBERT: English surname derived from the Middle English personal name Holbert, meaning "bright friend." Also spelled Holdebert, Hulbert, Huldebert, Hulburd, Hulburt.
  84. HOLDEBERT: English surname derived from the Anglo-Saxon personal name Holdbeorht, meaning "bright friend."
  85. HOLDEN: English surname, composed of the Old English elements hol "deep, hollow, sunken" and denu "valley," hence "deep valley."
  86. HOLLIS: English surname, derived from Old English holegn "holly" denoting someone who "lives near holly trees."
  87. HOOVART: Variant spelling of the Dutch surname Hovart, meaning "army-guard."
  88. HOPKIN: English surname, derived from the medieval personal name Hobkin, meaning "little Hob." 
  89. HOPKINS: English patronymic surname, meaning "son of Hob."
  90. HOVARD: Scottish surname, derived from the Old Norse personal name Hervarðr, meaning "army-guard."
  91. HOVART: Dutch surname, derived from the Old Norse personal name Hervarðr, meaning "army-guard." Also spelled Hoovart.
  92. HOWARD: English surname, derived from the personal name Haward, an Anglicized form of Danish/Norwegian Håvard, meaning "high guard."
  93. HOWELL: English surname, derived from the Welsh personal name Hywel, meaning "eminent, conspicuous."
  94. HOYT: English surname derived from a byname for a tall, skinny person, from Middle English hoit, meaning "long stick."
  95. HUBBARD: English surname, derived from the Old French personal name Hubert, meaning "bright mind."
  96. HUBEROWITZ: German-Jewish surname, meaning "son of Heber."
  97. HUBERT
    1. Abbreviated form of the Yiddish surname Hubertz, meaning "son of Heber."
    2. From the Old French personal name Hubert, meaning "bright heart/mind/spirit." 
  98. HUBERTZ: Yiddish form of the German-Jewish surname Huberowitz, meaning "son of Heber."
  99. HUDSON: English surname meaning "son of Hudde."
  100. HUGHES: Welsh surname, derived from the personal name Huw, meaning "inspiration, fire."
  101. HULDEBERT: Variant form of the English surname Holbert, meaning "bright friend."
  102. HULBERT: Variant form of the English surname Holbert, meaning "bright friend."
  103. HULBURD: Variant form of the English surname Holbert, meaning "bright friend."
  104. HULBURT: Variant form of the English surname Holbert, meaning "bright friend."
  105. HUMBOLDT: German surname, composed of the elements hun "bear cub, giant, Hun" and bold "brave, commanding," hence "giant command."
  106. HUMPHREY: English surname derived from the personal name Humphrey, meaning "giant peace." 
  107. HUNTER: English occupational surname, meaning "hunter."
  108. HUNTLEY: English surname, composed of the Old English elements hunta "hunter" and leah "clearing, wood," hence "hunter's wood."
  109. HURLEY: Possibly a contracted form of the English Herlihy, meaning "lord of the west."
  110. HUXLEY: English surname derived from the name of a place in Cheshire, composed of the Old English personal name Hucc and the word leah "clearing, wood," hence "Hucc's clearing/wood."
  111. IBN EZRA (’b’n-ez´rä̤): Jewish patronymic surname, meaning "son of Ezra," a personal name meaning "help." Variant: Abenezra. Rabbi Abraham ben Meir ibn Ezra, a distinguished Jewish scholar of the Middle Ages, born in Tudela, Islamic Spain, he excelled in philosophy, medicine, linquistics and much more. He was known as Avenare by other scholars of his time, which is said to be a corruption of Abraham Judæus
  112. INGRAM: English surname, derived from the personal name Ingram, meaning "Ing's raven."
  113. IRVINE: Scottish surname, thought to have been derived from the Celtic name of a river, composed of the Welsh elements ir/yr "fresh, green" and afon "water," hence "fresh water" or "green water."
  114. IRVING: Scottish surname, of the same origin as Irvine, hence "fresh water" or "green water."
  115. IRWIN: English surname, derived from the medieval English personal name Erwin, from Anglo-Saxon Eoforwine, meaning "boar friend."
  116. ISARDO: Italian form of the German surname Ishard, meaning "hard as iron."
  117. ISART: Old French form of the German surname Ishard, meaning "hard as iron."
  118. ISBEL: Spanish surname, derived from a contracted form of the personal name Isabel, meaning "God is my oath." 
  119. ISHARD: German surname, probably composed of the elements Is- from isen/eisen "iron," and hard "hard, strong," hence "hard as iron."
  120. JACKSON: English patronymic surname meaning "son of Jack."
  121. JACOX: English surname derived from Jackcock, an old pet form of John, meaning "God is gracious."
  122. JAGER: Danish and German surname meaning "huntsman." Also spelled Yager.
  123. JAGGER: English occupational surname, derived from Middle English jag ("load, pack"), meaning "hawker, peddlar."
  124. JAGO: Cornish surname derived from the personal name Jago, meaning "supplanter."
  125. JAMARD: French surname, derived from German Gamhard, meaning "happy and healthy." 
  126. JAMES: English surname of the same origin as the personal English and French name, which is a vernacular form of Late Latin Jacomus, meaning "supplanter." 
  127. JAMESON: English patronymic surname transferred to forename use, meaning "son of James."
  128. JAMIESON: English and Scottish patronymic surname, meaning "son of Jamie."
  129. JARRETT: Variant spelling of the English surname Garrett, meaning "spear ruler" and "spear firm." 
  130. JARVIS: English surname, which was originally as a Middle English form of Norman French Gervaise, meaning "spear servant." 
  131. JEAVON: Medieval English surname, derived from the Norman French term of endearment jovene, meaning "young one." Also spelled Jevon.
  132. JERVIS: Variant spelling of the English surname Jarvis, meaning "spear servant."
  133. JEFFERSON: English surname meaning "son of Jeffrey."
  134. JENKIN: English surname, derived from the Middle English personal name Jankin/Jenkin, meaning "God is gracious." Common in Wales.
  135. JENKINS: English surname, meaning "son of Jenkin." Common in Wales.
  136. JERROLD: English surname, derived from the personal name Gerald, meaning "spear ruler."
  137. JEVON: Variant spelling of the Medieval English surname Jeavon, derived from the Norman French term of endearment jovene, meaning "young one." 
  138. JOCELYN: English surname, derived from the Old French personal name Joscelin, meaning "Gaut." 
  139. JOYCE: Irish surname, derived from the Middle English personal name Josse, from Norman French Josce, meaning "lord." 
  140. JORDAN: English surname derived from the medieval personal name Jordan, a biblical name, meaning "flowing down." 
  141. JUDGE
    1. Irish Anglicized translation of the Gaelic patronymic surname Mac an Bhreitheamhnaigh, meaning "son of the Judge."
    2. Jewish Anglicized form of the Norman French surname Juge, meaning "judge," especially a rabbinic judge. This is a translation of the Hebrew surname Dayan.
  142. JUGE: Norman French surname derived from the vocabulary word juge, meaning "judge." Usually appears in the form de Juge, "the judge." It is uncertain whether this was originally an occupational name or a byname for someone having the qualities of a judge.
  143. JUNIPER: English matronymic surname, meaning "descendant of Jennifer," a personal name meaning "white and smooth." 
  144. KAYLEY
    1. English surname derived from the name of a town in county Lancashire, composed of the Anglo-Saxon personal name Cæga and the Old English element leah "clearing, farm, settlement," hence "Cæga's clearing or farm." 
    2. Irish Anglicized form of the Gaelic surname Ó Caollaidhe, meaning "descendant of Caolladhe," a personal name meaning "slender."
  145. KEARNEY: Irish Anglicized form of the Gaelic surname Ó Cearnaigh, meaning "descendant of Cearnaigh," a personal name meaning "victor, winner."
  146. KEATON: English surname, probably derived from the place name Keaton in Ermington, Devon, composed of the Cornish word kee "bank, hedge" and Old English tun "settlement," hence "settlement on the bank."
  147. KEEFE: Irish Anglicized form of the Gaelic surname Ó Caoimh, meaning "descendant of Caomh," a personal name meaning "beloved, comely."
  148. KEEGAN: Irish Anglicized form of the Gaelic surname Mac Aodhagáin, meaning "son of Aodhagán," a personal name meaning "burning, fiery."
  149. KEELAHAN: Irish Anglicized form of the Gaelic surname Ó Céileacháin, meaning "descendant of Ceileachain," a personal name meaning "little companion."
  150. KEELAN: Contracted form of the Anglo-Irish surname Keelahan, meaning "little companion."
  151. KEENAN: Irish Anglicized form of the Gaelic surname Ó Cianáin, meaning "descendant of Cianán, a personal name meaning "little ancient one."
  152. KEELEY: Irish Anglicized form of the Gaelic surname � Caollaidhe, meaning "descendant of Caolladhe," a personal name meaning "slender."

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