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100 Great G Names For Boys

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These G names for boys are absolutely golden!

Going shopping for boy names that start with G? We’ve compiled an entire grocery list of the greatest male names that start with G just for you.

Whether planning far in advance or in a last-minute rush, your goal is the same – finding that perfect G name.

We’ve researched far and wide to help you make the right choice. With almost every option imaginable, from glamorous to grounded, you’re guaranteed to feel inspired by the end of our list. Now get reading and good luck!


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100 Popular Male Names That Start with G

Here are 100 cool guy names, starting with G, to gift your son.

Gaara

Gaara is a troubled young ninja from the Naruto anime who becomes a village leader. This fictional association makes Gaara one of the coolest boy names with G. The kanji for Gaara can be broken down to “I, myself,” “love,” and “asura” or “demon.” It sounds heavy, but most pop culture buffs will get it.

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Self-loving asura, one who loves only himself
  • Pronunciation: GAH-ra, GAH-ruh
  • Popularity: Gaara is the most popular in Russia, with about 367 people bearing this name globally.
Unique, Fierce, Exotic

Gabe

Gabe is a diminutive of Gabriel that came into the mainstream as a standalone name. It’s better for parents who don’t want to reference the angel and want to keep things informal. It has a youthful but strong ring to it. For your newborn babe, go with Gabe!

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Able-bodied one of God
  • Pronunciation: GAYB
  • Namesakes: Gabe Levin, an American-Israeli professional basketball player. Gabe York, an American professional basketball player. Gabe Newell, an American businessman and president of Valve.
  • Popularity: In 1905, Gabe ranked 954th in the U.S.
Cute, Casual, Religious

Gabriel

In the Bible, Gabriel is the only other angel referred to by name, known for bringing messages to God’s servants. Historically, Gabriel is male but has occasionally been used in its masculine form for girls despite feminine versions existing. With a sturdy meaning, Gabriel seems like the perfect blessing to bestow on your little angel.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Able-bodied one of God
  • Pronunciation: GAYB-ree-ull, GAYB-ree-el
  • Variations: Gavrail, Jebreel, Gabrielle, Gabriella
  • Namesakes: Gabriel Iglesias, an American stand-up comedian. Prince Gabriel of Belgium, son of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium.
  • Popularity: Gabriel was 38th in both 2020 and 2021 in the U.S.
Biblical, Melodious, Powerful

Gad

Although Gad hasn’t found much foothold in the west, it’s hot in Africa and the Middle East. According to Bible accounts, Gad was the son of Jacob by Leah’s maidservant Zilpah. He had many half-brothers, with Asher being his only full brother. Gad is one to use when you wish the best for your baby — and what parent doesn’t?

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Good fortune
  • Pronunciation: GAD, GED
  • Namesakes: Gad Elbaz, an acclaimed Israeli-Jewish singer. Gad Elmaleh, a Moroccan-Canadian stand-up comedian. Gad Lerner, an Italian journalist, writer, and TV presenter.
  • Popularity: Gad is the most popular in Lebanon, ranking 161st in 2014.
Unique, Biblical, Powerful

Gael

Gael sounds like a gust of wind or an angelic being, depending on how you say it. It comes from the Gaelic word “Goídel,” which refers to Irishmen. Besides finding fans in the English-speaking world, Gael ranked 31st in Chile and 30th in Spain for 2021. Worried it’s too feminine sounding? Just pronounce Gael the non-western way, “GA-el.”

  • Origin: Gaelic, Breton
  • Meaning: Gaelic-speaking Celt, of Gaelic descent
  • Pronunciation: GA-el, GAYL
  • Variations: Gaël, Gaëlle
  • Namesakes: Gael García Bernal, a Mexican actor and producer. Gael Margulies, an Israeli professional footballer.
  • Popularity: Gael hit the U.S. top 1,000 names in 2002 and placed 109th in 2021.
Cute, Unique, Modern

Gaffar

Gaffar is Islamic and is a derivative of the Quranic Abdul Gaffar or Abdul Ghaffar, meaning “servant of the all-forgiving.” With such peaceable connotations, this Arabic pick is ideal for anyone that values a forgiving nature and the quality of loving-kindness. The variant, Ghaffar, is more prevalent in Iran and makes the top 1,000 names there.

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: Most merciful, constantly forgiving
  • Pronunciation: ga-FAHR
  • Variations: Ghaffar
  • Namesakes: Ali Gaffar Okkan, a Turkish police chief who was assassinated.
  • Popularity: Gaffar is most prevalent in India and Sudan but doesn’t make the top 1,000 names there.
Religious, Exotic, Cool

Gage

Gage was an occupational surname for a moneylender or someone in charge of checking weights and measures. As a modern first name, it’s usually associated with the diameter of a gun barrel or its ammunition. There was even a 1999 video game called Gungage. This 4-letter option has certainly moved past its roots and taken on an air of cool.

  • Origin: French, English
  • Meaning: Pledge, oath, measure
  • Pronunciation: GAYJ
  • Variations: Gaige
  • Namesakes: Gage Munroe, a Canadian actor. Gage Ellis Clarke, an American stage and film actor. Gage Brewer, an American band musician and guitarist.
  • Popularity: Gage was most popular in the U.S. in 2003 at 136th but fell to 569th in 2021.
Cool, Casual, Modern

Gaius

The 5-letter Gaius comes from a root meaning “earth” or “land.” Many will recognize its feminine form, Gaia, from Greek mythology. Because Gaius and Gaia were so prevalent throughout Roman society, they essentially became generic names for men and women. Think Jane and John. In the Bible, Gaius was a Macedonian who accompanied the apostle Paul on a missionary tour.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: To rejoice
  • Pronunciation: GEYE-us
  • Variations: Caius, Gaia
  • Namesakes: Gaius Marius, an ancient Roman general, politician, and consul. Gaius Julius Caesar, an ancient Roman general, statesman, and dictator.
  • Popularity: In 2014, 5,554 people were called Gaius worldwide, but it’s the most common in Nigeria.
Regal, Sophisticated

Gale

As a masculine name, Gale comes from the Middle English surname Gaile, which means “jovial.” As a feminine name, it is a short form of the Hebrew Abigail, meaning “My father has made himself joyful.” Gale is one old-school option that will blow away the competition with its upbeat atmosphere.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Jovial
  • Pronunciation: GAYL
  • Variations: Gayle, Gail
  • Namesakes: Gale W. McGee, a U.S. senator of the Democratic Party. Gale Harold III, an American actor.
  • Popularity: In the U.S., Gale last ranked in 1969 for boys at 920th and in 1970 for girls at 980th.
Cute, Casual, Vintage

Galileo

Here’s a fun one. Galileo’s forebears have made such associations unavoidable for lovers of intellectualism, exploration, and science. Galileo has the potential to outshine celebrity names due to its rarity in the west. This head-turner might just be the spark your son needs to walk among the stars.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: From Galilee, Galilean
  • Pronunciation: ga-lee-LEH-oh, ga-lih-LAY-oh
  • Variations: Galilaios
  • Namesakes: Galileo Galilei, an Italian astronomer, physicist, and engineer. Galileo Ferraris, an Italian professor, physicist, and engineer.
  • Popularity: Galileo is uncommon worldwide but mostly found in Italy and Spanish-speaking countries.
Melodious, Fancy, Formal
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Gallagher

Gallagher is much more popular as a last name, as the Anglicized form of the Irish Gaelic, Ó Gallchobhair, derived from the Old Irish “gallchobhar.” The elements “gall” means “stranger,” and “cobar” means “desiring” or “willing.” Though Gallagher looks a little long, it sounds insanely cool.

  • Origin: English, Irish
  • Meaning: Foreign helper, foreign support
  • Pronunciation: GA-luh-guh, GA-luh-ger
  • Variations: Gollagher, Gallaher, Gallacher
  • Popularity: Gallagher is most prevalent in the U.S. and Ireland but doesn’t crack the top 1,000 names.
Powerful, Cool, Unique

Gan

Gan is a last name in China meaning “sweet.” From Mongolia, it’s a strictly masculine forename meaning “steel,” but it can also mean “drought.” Some of Mongolia’s most popular boy names are derived from the root “gan.” These include Gantulga, meaning “steel hearth,” and Ganzorig, meaning “courage of steel.” Go the simplest route with Gan.

  • Origin: Mongolian, Chinese
  • Meaning: Bold one, steel, sweet
Unique, Powerful, Melodious

Ganesh

From Hindu Sanskrit, Ganesha, Ganesh translates more literally to “lord of the common people” or “lord of the hordes.” Ganesh, or Ganesha, is one of the most well-known Hindu gods. He has an elephant’s head and is called the “remover of obstacles.” Spice up your list of names for boys that start with G with Ganesh.

  • Origin: Indian
  • Meaning: Lord of the multitude
  • Pronunciation: ga-NAY-sh, ga-NEH-sh
  • Variations: Ganesha
  • Namesakes: Ganesh Acharya, an Indian Bollywood choreographer, director, and actor. Ganesh Hegde, an Indian singer, director, and Bollywood choreographer.
  • Popularity: Ganesh is most common in India and Guyana, and in 2014, it was the 513th most popular name worldwide.
Exotic, Religious, Mythical

Gannon

Gannon is an Anglicized form of the Irish surname Mac Fhionnáin. It comes from the root “fionn” meaning “white” or “fair.” In pop culture, Gannon, also called Ganon or Ganondorf, is the main antagonist of The Legend of Zelda video games. It’s a strangely manly and powerful-sounding moniker with a mild meaning. Gannon’s dual nature only makes it more interesting.

  • Origin: English, Irish
  • Meaning: Fair-skinned, fair-haired
  • Pronunciation: GA-nun
  • Variations: Ganon
  • Namesakes: Gannon Nickell, an American voiceover artist, producer, and stuntman. Gannon Sinclair, an American football (gridiron) player.
  • Popularity: Gannon appeared on U.S. charts in 2002 and peaked at 414th in 2014 but disappeared in 2019.
Badass, Regal, Powerful

Ganymede

The Anglicized Ganymede stems from the Greek “ganymai,” which means “to be glad, to rejoice,” and “medea,” meaning “plans,” “counsel,” or “thoughts.” In the Greek myth, Ganymede was a young boy described as “the most beautiful of mortals.” Zeus abducted him to become a divine cup-bearer. Speaking of the heavenly realm, Jupiter’s moon, Ganymede, is the largest in our solar system.

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Glad thoughts
  • Pronunciation: gan-ee-MEED
  • Variations: Ganymedes
  • Popularity: In 2014, Ganymede was borne by 43 people worldwide and is most popular in Trinidad and Tobago and the Philippines.
Mythical, Cool, Formal

Gardner

Gardner was raised to first name status from the English surname and word “gardener.” It derives from the Old French “gardinier,” an occupational word describing the caretaker of a garden. In Ireland, Gardner is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic Mac Gairnéir. Gardner makes for an ideal outdoorsy choice without sounding ham-fisted and clunky.

  • Origin: English, Irish, Scottish
  • Meaning: Keeper of the garden
  • Pronunciation: GAARD-ner
  • Variations: Gardener, Gardenar, Gardinier
  • Namesakes: Gardner Minshew, an American football (gridiron) quarterback.
  • Popularity: Gardner last ranked in the U.S. at 970th in 1926 after reaching peak popularity in 1910.
Cool, Modern, Unique

Gareth

In Arthurian legend, Sir Gareth is a Knight of the Round Table and brother to Sir Gawain. In line with its chivalrous ties, Gareth has a surprisingly sweet etymology. Babies are known for their lovableness, and parents tend to hope it lasts. With Gareth, your tender-hearted boy could hold on to his baby-soft charm for a little longer.

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: Gentle
  • Pronunciation: GA-ruth, GAIR-uth
  • Variations: Gaheriet
  • Namesakes: Gareth Bale, a Welsh professional football player. Gareth David Lloyd, a Welsh actor, and writer. Gareth Higgins, a Northern Irish writer.
  • Popularity: Gareth last ranked in Scotland in 1992 at 92nd and a 100th in Ireland in 2003.
Sweet, Vintage, Formal

Garfield

Garfield has been synonymous with a certain orange cartoon cat for ages, but the funny connection could be a plus. Despite Garfield’s old-fashioned nature, the comics have made it almost universally famous. The first element comes from “gara,” the Old English word for a triangular-shaped object or spearhead. Thus, Garfield could also refer to a field of spears.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Triangular field
  • Pronunciation: GAH-feeld, GAAR-feeld
  • Namesakes: Garfield Blair, a Jamaican professional basketball player. Garfield Darien, a French track and field hurdling athlete. Garfield Wood, an American inventor and entrepreneur.
  • Popularity: Garfield last ranked in 1953 at 864th in the U.S.
Formal, Sophisticated, Vintage

Garrett

Garrett looks and sounds like Gareth but differs greatly from its gentler counterpart. Garrett is from Gerald, an Old High German given name. It uses the roots “gēr” meaning “spear,” and “waltan,” meaning “to rule” and “brave spearman.” It has also been posited as Norse, meaning “defender.” Of all our boy names that start with G, Garrett has serious grit.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Spear strength
  • Pronunciation: GA-reht, GAIR-reht
  • Variations: Garret
  • Namesakes: Garrett Hedlund, an American actor. Garrett Morris, an American comedian and actor. Garrett Richards, an American professional baseball player.
  • Popularity: In 2021, Garrett ranked 402nd in the U.S.
Cool, Powerful, Fierce

Garrison

Garrison has fallen out of favor in the U.S. despite its manly vibe. In military terminology, a garrison is an army outpost at a particular location manned by troops. You can’t get much tougher than that. Or if Dad’s name is Garret or Garrett, you could give him a shout-out with Garrison.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Spear-fortified stronghold, son of Garret
  • Pronunciation: GAR-ih-sun, GAIR-ih-sun
  • Variations: Garrisson, Garison
  • Namesakes: Garrison Sanborn, an American football (gridiron) long snapper. Garrison Brooks, an American professional basketball player.
  • Popularity: In 2014, Garrison ranked 999th in the U.S. before falling off the charts.
Cool, Modern, Fierce
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Garth

Garth is a five-letter option you don’t see often. Denoting one who lived near or worked in a secluded garden, it comes across as sunny and relaxed despite its harsh sound. Still, the serious tone means it will carry easily into adulthood. And as a nature name, Garth is just as interesting, but not as obvious, as Gardner.

  • Origin: English, Old Norse
  • Meaning: Garden, enclosed yard
  • Pronunciation: GAATH, GAARTH
  • Namesakes: Garth Brooks, an American country music singer and songwriter. Garth Ennis, Northern Irish comic book writer. Garth Christian, English nature writer and conservationist.
  • Popularity: Garth has ranked in the U.S. since 1915, and in 1993, Garth ranked 969th.
Cute, Sophisticated, Formal

Gary

Gary is a derivative of names that start with the Germanic element “gēr” meaning “spear.” For a moniker teetering on the edge of obscurity, it certainly lives up to its fighting spirit — at least in the U.S. In England and Wales, Gary fell out of touch after 2014, where it ranked 889th. Maybe Gary deserves another chance to shine.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Spear
  • Pronunciation: GA-ree, GAIR-ee
  • Variations: Garry
  • Namesakes: Gary Dourdan, an American actor. Gary Oldman, a British actor, filmmaker, and musician.
  • Popularity: In 1954, Gary was at the height of popularity in the U.S. at 9th, but in 2021 fell to 904th.
Powerful, Vintage, Casual

Gaspard

Gaspard is the French form of Jasper derived from the Latinized Gaspar. Ultimately, the root of these names is the Persian word “ganzabara.” Though it probably won’t produce good nicknames, Gaspard is on the more refined end of G names for boys. Why not give your petit croissant all the silver and gold with this treasure?

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: Treasurer
  • Pronunciation: gas-PAAR, GEH-spaar
  • Variations: Gaspar, Jasper
  • Namesakes: Gaspard Ulliel, a French actor. Gaspard II de Coligny, a French nobleman, admiral, and military leader. Gaspard Glanz, a French video-journalist.
  • Popularity: In 2021, Gaspard ranked 52nd in Belgium and 46th in France.
Fancy, Sophisticated, Exotic

Gaston

Gaston stems from the Germanic, Gasto, which derives from the word “gast” meaning “guest” or “foreigner.” Disney popularized Gaston with their 1991 on-screen version of Beauty and the Beast, but it didn’t help — Gaston still didn’t make U.S. charts. All hope is not lost for Gaston as, besides France, it saw a resurgence in Belgium for 2021, ranking 49th.

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: Stranger, guest
  • Pronunciation: ga-STO, gas-TON
  • Variations: Gastón, Gastone
  • Namesakes: Gaston Salmon, a Belgian Jewish fencer. Gaston Browne, the prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda. Bruno Paulin Gaston Paris, a French writer and scholar.
  • Popularity: Gaston was last ranked in the U.S. in 1936 but continued to rank in France at 213th in 2021.
Exotic, Sophisticated, Fancy

Gaten

Gaten could be an Anglicized form of the Italian, Gaetano, from the Latin, Caietanus, which meant “from Caieta,” a town in ancient Italy. Another source for Gaten is the Normans, who may have brought the word to England during their conquest. Because of Stranger Things star Gaten Matarazzo, the west now has Gaten on its radar.

  • Origin: Norman, Italian
  • Meaning: Watchman, from Caieta
  • Pronunciation: GAY-tn
  • Variations: Gaetano
  • Namesakes: Gaten Matarazzo III, an American actor known for his role in Stranger Things.
  • Popularity: Gaten is very uncommon worldwide.
Powerful, Fierce, Unique

Gatsby

The Great Gatsby put this one on the map. The transferred use of the surname Gatsby, a rare form of Gadsby, is a modern trend. From Old Norse, it can be broken down into “gaddr” meaning “spur (of land),” and “býr” meaning “farm” or “settlement.” Not as glamorous as the novel and movie make Gatsby out to be.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: From the village of Gaddesby
  • Pronunciation: GATS-bee
  • Variations: Gadsby
  • Namesakes: Gatsby Richard Smith, son of American actor and singer Rex Smith.
  • Popularity: In 2014, about 114 people were named Gatsby worldwide.
Fancy, Modern, Formal

Gautam

Gautam and its other transliterations are of Sanskrit origin, from the roots “go” meaning “darkness” and “tama” meaning “light.” This holy-sounding epithet was a perfect fit for the wandering ascetic Gautama Buddha. We think Gautam will suit the light of your life too.

  • Origin: Indian
  • Meaning: One who dispels darkness
  • Pronunciation: GAW-tum, GOHW-tum
  • Variations: Gautama, Gauthama, Gotama
  • Namesakes: Gautama Buddha, born Siddhartha Gautama, a South Asian nomadic religious teacher. Gautam Adani, an Indian billionaire industrialist and founder of Adani Group.
  • Popularity: Gautam ranked 276th in India in 2014 and is also highly popular in Nepal.
Powerful, Exotic, Cool

Gauthier

Gauthier is the French form of Walter, which comprises the Germanic elements “wald” meaning “rule” and “hari” or “heri” meaning “army.” Besides its strong meaning, Gauthier is like a cheat code for poshness. The musical artist, Gotye, made the pronunciation mainstream enough in the west that friends and family won’t struggle to say it.

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: Army ruler
  • Pronunciation: GOH-tee-ay, GOH-tee-yay
  • Variations: Gautier, Gotye
  • Namesakes: Gauthier Mvumbi, a French handball player of Congolese descent. Gauthier Grumier, a French left-handed fencer.
  • Popularity: Gauthier is popular in many francophone countries and ranked 302nd in France in 2021.
Fancy, Melodious, Powerful

Gavin

Gavin is a variation of the medieval Welsh moniker Gawain, which paired either “little” or “white” with “hawk” or “falcon.” It also possibly means “God-send,” which is fitting for such a special arrival. If Gawain is too medieval for you, Gavin is a more modern option.

  • Origin: Scottish, Welsh
  • Meaning: White hawk, little falcon
  • Pronunciation: GA-vin, GA-vun
  • Variations: Gawain
  • Namesakes: Gavin Newsom, an American politician, businessman, and the 40th governor of California. Gavin Rossdale, an English musician and actor.
  • Popularity: In 2021, Gavin was 173rd in the U.S. and 92nd in Canada for 2019.
Sweet, Casual, Cute

Gavril

It might not look like it, but Gavril is a form of Gabriel. This unique take on the angelic moniker is a Slavic invention that hasn’t yet made the U.S. top 1,000 names. Like Gabriel in the west, Gavril is highly popular in its homeland. Get the best balance of familiar and foreign with Gavril.

  • Origin: Slavic, Hebrew
  • Meaning: Able-bodied man of God
  • Pronunciation: GA-vrihl, guh-VREEL, GA-Vreel
  • Variations: Gavrail
  • Namesakes: Gavril Dejeu, a Romanian politician and former minister. Gavril Krastevich, a Bulgarian politician and historian. Gavril Serfözö, a Romanian professional footballer.
  • Popularity: Gavril is most prevalent in Romania, Moldova, and Russia.
Religious, Unique, Exotic
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Gawain

In the Arthurian tales, Gawain is both a prince and a knight, though the character was around in Welsh mythologies long before then. The pseudo-historical figure has found fame in many modern media adaptations since his appearance in the 1100s. Knight your little one with Gawain, and watch him grow into a gallant young man fit to be a prince!

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: White hawk, little falcon
  • Pronunciation: guh-WAYN, GAH-win
  • Variations: Gavin
  • Namesakes: Gawain Vincent, a British handball player. Gawain le Boteler of Wem, a person of the English peerage. Gawain Christopher Jones, an English chess player.
  • Popularity: Gawain is somewhat rare globally but is most common in Northern Ireland and the U.S.
Regal, Cool, Mythical

Gelar

The Australian aborigines Gelar is an unusual option on our list of guy names that start with G. If you’re on boy number two or three, consider Gelar. You can’t go wrong with a straightforward descriptor. Since it’s rare, there won’t be much competition, so you can freely brag to your friends before the baby gets here.

  • Origin: Australian
  • Meaning: Male sibling, brother
  • Pronunciation: geh-LAAR, GEH-lr
  • Popularity: Gelar is most popular in Indonesia but is rare worldwide.
Exotic, Cool, Unique

Gen

Gen is not said like the English Jen, as the “g” is pronounced as in girl. Many kanji spellings are possible, so look around for your favorite. Fictional namesakes include a protagonist in the Dr. Stone anime and the title character of the movie, Barefoot Gen. Gen is also a Chinese surname, but in this case, it is pronounced: “GOON.”

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Origin, spring
  • Pronunciation: GEHN
  • Namesakes: Gen Hoshino, a Japanese singer-songwriter, actor, and musician. Gen Urobuchi, a Japanese novelist, visual novelist, and anime screenwriter. Gen Satō, a Japanese voice actor.
  • Popularity: Gen is most common in China and Japan, and in 2014, it made the top 100 names in Singapore.
Casual, Cute, Sweet

Gene

We’re not talking about DNA here. Gene is a diminutive of Eugene, and it works as both a given name and a pet name. Gene might be a great nod to your passions if you’re a fan of Gene Wilder’s comedy or music by Kiss.

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Well-born, noble
  • Pronunciation: JEEN
  • Namesakes: Gene Simmons, an Israeli-American musician and bassist for the rock band Kiss. Jerome Silberman, known as Gene Wilder, an American actor, comedian, and filmmaker.
  • Popularity: Gene last ranked in the U.S. at 923rd in 1999.
Cool, Regal, Casual

Genesis

Genesis is the Greek word for “birth” or “origin,” which is pretty fitting for the arrival of your new baby. The Bible book of Genesis is called Bere’shith’ in Hebrew and means “in the beginning.” For the biblical epithet, Genesis sounds perfect for new life and new beginnings.

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Origin, birth
  • Pronunciation: JEN-uh-sihs
  • Variations: Jenesis
  • Namesakes: Genesis Potini, a New Zealand speed chess player of Maori descent. Genesis Williams, an American TikTok and social media personality.
  • Popularity: Although more popular for girls, Genesis has been in the U.S. top 100 for boys since 2018, and in 2021 ranked 973rd.
Biblical, Unique, Religious

Genghis

Do you have a conqueror-in-the-making on your hands? Genghis comes from Chinggis and is, sadly, often mispronounced. If you’re unsure how to say it, just watch an episode or two of Netflix’s Marco Polo. With so much power and history behind Genghis, it might feel somewhat intimidating to bestow it on a baby — but do it anyway.

  • Origin: Mongolian
  • Meaning: Universal ruler
  • Pronunciation: JENG-iss, CHING-uss
  • Variations: Chinggis
  • Namesakes: Genghis Khan, the founder and first Khan of the Mongol Empire.
  • Popularity: In 2014, about 431 people were called Genghis worldwide.
Badass, Regal, Exotic

Gennady

The most notable bearer of Gennady is the animator and director Genndy Tartakovsky. Not sure who that is? He’s the man who made Samurai Jack and Primal. Talk about accolades! Gennady comes from the Greek given name Gennadios, Latinized as Gennadius. All this to say, Gennady’s background is as noble as it appears.

  • Origin: Russian, Greek
  • Meaning: Noble
  • Pronunciation: geh-NA-dee
  • Variations: Genndy, Gennadi, Gennadiy
  • Namesakes: Gennady Tartakovsky, known as Genndy Tartakovsky, a Russian-American animator, filmmaker, and artist. Gennady Padalka, a Russian Air Force officer and Roscosmos cosmonaut.
  • Popularity: Gennady and its variants are most popular in Russia, Estonia, and surrounding nations.
Exotic, Regal, Unique

Geoffrey

Brought to France via the Normans, Geoffrey consists of Germanic elements. The first element could either be “gawia,” meaning “territory,” or “walha” meaning “foreign,” while the second is “frid” meaning “peace.” During the Middle Ages, Geoffrey was conflated with Godfried, though this is a separate and distinct name. Cute diminutives you can choose from include Geoff and Jeff.

  • Origin: English, French
  • Meaning: Foreign peace
  • Pronunciation: JOFF-ree, JEFF-ree
  • Variations: Jeffery, Jeffrey, Jeffry, Joffrey, Geoffroy, Geffrey
  • Namesakes: Geoffrey Cox, a British politician. Geoffrey Rush, an Australian actor. Geoffrey Kondogbia, a French professional footballer of Central African descent.
  • Popularity: Geoffrey ranked 990th in 2005 before falling off the U.S. charts.
Fancy, Cool, Casual

George

George derives from the Greek Geōrgios, meaning “earth-worker,” which is a “farmer.” Popular worldwide, there are too many variants to list! From George Clooney to George R. R. Martin, we also could compile a long list of remarkable forebears for this down-to-earth moniker. George is the clear winner if you prefer a tried-and-true option with countless celebrity ties.

  • Origin: English, Greek
  • Meaning: Farmer
  • Pronunciation: JORJ
  • Variations: Georges, Jorge
  • Namesakes: George R. R. Martin, an American novelist, screenwriter, and short story writer. George Miller, known as Joji and Filthy Frank, a Japanese comedian, singer-songwriter, and former Youtuber.
  • Popularity: George maintained a spot in the U.S. top ten to top 100 between 1900 and 1992, ranking 134th in 2021.
Modern, Casual, Powerful

Gerald

Made up of the Germanic elements “gēr” meaning “spear” and “wald” meaning “rule,” Gerald might have sounded rebellious back in its heyday. But it’s losing its spark in the U.S. despite its cool meaning and famous namesakes. Perhaps this vintage direction could give Gerald a mature appeal that will serve your son well past the thumb-sucking stage.

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: Ruler of the spear
  • Pronunciation: JAIR-uld, JEH-ruld
  • Variations: Jerald, Jerrold, Gerold, Gerolt
  • Namesakes: Gerald Green, an American professional basketball player. Gerald Ratner, a British businessman. Gerald Anderson Jr., a Filipino-American actor.
  • Popularity: Gerald was highly popular in the U.S. but saw a rapid decline from the 1990s, last ranking 954th in 2020.
Fierce, Formal, Vintage
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Geralt

Geralt is a form of the Old German name, Gerwald, an antiquated version of Gerald. The real reason it’s on this list is because of Geralt of Rivia. The Witcher books, games, and Netflix adaptation shone a huge spotlight on this little-known variant. If you were considering Gerald but wanted something more contemporary, Geralt is the perfect sidestep.

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: Ruler of the spear
  • Pronunciation: GEH-rult
  • Variations: Gerald
  • Popularity: Geralt is rare globally but is most prevalent in Albania and the Netherlands.
Modern, Cool, Fierce

Gerard

Gerard is associated with too many heart-throbs not to be on your list. It’s from the Germanic elements “gēr” meaning “spear,” and “hard” meaning “brave” or “hardy.” Gerard is a sturdy pick with refined European flair.

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: Brave spear, spear hardy
  • Pronunciation: JER-ud, JER-aad, jer-AARD
  • Variations: Gerrard, Jerrard, Gerhard, Gerhardt, Gérard
  • Namesakes: Gerard Way, an American singer-songwriter for My Chemical Romance, and a comic book writer. Gerard Butler, a Scottish actor and film producer. Gerard Piqué, a Spanish professional footballer.
  • Popularity: Gerard had been highly popular in the U.S. until its last appearance in 2002 at 999th.
Powerful, Cool, Fierce

Germain

The French Germain means “from Germany” and derives from a Latin cognomen, Germanus, meaning “brother.” Germaine is a feminine form but has also been used for boys over the years. In 1972, Germaine was most popular in the U.S. for boys at 629th but fell off after ranking 925th in 1980. Feel free to try out the uncommon Germain.

  • Origin: French, Latin
  • Meaning: From Germany, brother
  • Pronunciation: ZHUR-maan, ZHUR-mayn
  • Variations: Germaine, Jermaine
  • Namesakes: Germain Derycke, a Belgian road bike racer. Saint Germain, a bishop of Paris.
  • Popularity: Germain ranked 478th in France in 2000 but hasn’t appeared since.
Vintage, Cute

Germanicus

Germanicus was a nickname awarded posthumously to Germenicus Julius Caesar’s father, in honor of his victories in Germania. Your baby hasn’t conquered a city, but perhaps he could conquer his dreams in the future. Germanicus is a bit long, so it may be more suited to middle name status.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: (Victory over) Germania
  • Pronunciation: jer-MAN-ih-cuss, jer-MAN-ee-coos
  • Namesakes: Germanicus of Smyrna, a saint and martyr. Germanicus Julius Caesar, an ancient Roman general. Germanicus Mirault, a French surgeon who pioneered cleft lip surgery.
  • Popularity: Germanicus is most common in the U.S. but is rare worldwide.
Formal, Regal, Fancy

Geronimo

Geronimo is usually what you hear kids at the pool shouting before a cannonball. This form of Jerome comes from the Greek Hieronymos, composed of “hieros” meaning “holy” or “sacred,” and “onoma,” meaning “name.” An intense name, no matter how you slice it, Geronimo is quite the attention-grabber.

  • Origin: Italian, Spanish, Greek
  • Meaning: Sacred name
  • Pronunciation: juh-RO-nih-moh
  • Variations: Gerónimo
  • Namesakes: Geronimo Meynier, an Italian film actor. Goyaałé, known as Geronimo, a Chiricahua Apache medicine man, and leader.
  • Popularity: Geronimo is popular in Spanish-speaking countries
Cool, Powerful, Badass

Gershom

Gershom might not look like it would be popular, but there are enough present-day forebears to justify its use. In the Bible, there were three people called Gershom, one of whom was Moses’ son, and another a son of Levi. The meaning doesn’t seem inviting, but it could be a way to acknowledge your baby’s heritage.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Foreign resident, alien resident
  • Pronunciation: GER-shum, GER-shom
  • Variations: Gershon
  • Namesakes: Gershom Mott, a U.S. Army officer and Union Army general. Gershom Gorenberg, an American-born Israeli journalist and blogger. Gershom Scholem, a German-born Israeli philosopher and historian.
  • Popularity: Gershom is the most popular in Zambia.
Unique, Biblical, Powerful

Gervais

Gervais is the French version of Gervasius, a Latinized form of a Germanic name. Unlike in French-speaking territories, it hasn’t appeared on U.S. charts where Jarvis is more popular. As with English comedian Ricky Gervais, Gervais is also occasionally used as a surname.

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: Spear servant, skilled with a spear
  • Pronunciation: JER-vays, ZHER-vay, ZHAH-vay
  • Variations: Gervaise, Gervasius, Gervase
  • Namesakes: Gervais Martel, a French businessman and former football club president. Gervais Emmanuel Ducasse, a Haitian painter.
  • Popularity: In 1971, Gervais was 493rd in France.
Fierce, Fancy, Cool

Geun

Build a rock-solid foundation for your newborn with Geun. In modern times, it is rarely used on its own, as most Koreans prefer to pair it with another first name to get a two-syllable sound. This Korean pick can also mean “near” or “close.” What else will suffice for the one closest to your heart but Geun?

  • Origin: Korean
  • Meaning: Foundation, root
  • Pronunciation: KOON, GOON
  • Variations: Keun, Gun, Kun
  • Namesakes: Geun Gwon, a Joseon dynasty Neo-Confucian scholar. Won-geun Lee, a South Korean actor.
  • Popularity: Geun is most common in the U.S. and South Korea, and in 2014 was borne by about 482 people worldwide.
Exotic, Powerful, Unique

Giancarlo

Giancarlo is a combination of Gianni and Carlo, which are Italian forms of John and Charles. As far as combination names go, Giancarlo is the fanciest. Most Americans will know this double-danger option through the Breaking Bad actor Giancarlo Esposito. That’s one high bar, but we’re confident baby Giancarlo will surpass expectations.

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Jehovah has been gracious, manly
  • Pronunciation: jee-un-KAR-loh, zhun-KAR-loh
  • Namesakes: Giancarlo Esposito, a Danish-born American actor and director. Giancarlo Giannini, an Italian actor.
  • Popularity: In 2008, Giancarlo ranked 169th in Italy, and in 2017 ranked 992nd in the U.S.
Fancy, Religious, Exotic

Gianni

Gianni is a diminutive of the Italian Giovanni and a cognate of John. It hasn’t been popular in Italy since 2005, where it placed 200th. Still, Gianni is an easy Italian option for lovers of the letter G.

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Jehovah has been gracious
  • Pronunciation: JEE-a-nee, JA-nee
  • Variations: Gian
  • Namesakes: Gianni Moscon, an Italian professional bike racer. Gianni Russo, an American actor known for his role in The Godfather.
  • Popularity: Gianni was 126th in France and 390th in the U.S. in 2021.
Religious, Melodious, Casual
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Gideon

Gideon was an Israelite judge and deliverer in the Bible. God called him to stand against the Midianites, and he was known for great achieving victory despite being outnumbered more than four to one. Beyond these impressive feats, Gideon just sounds cool. It’s for good reason that Gideon is popular in the Netherlands at 451st and England and Wales at 939th in 2021.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Feller, one who cuts down
  • Pronunciation: GIH-dee-un
  • Variations: Gidon
  • Namesakes: Gideon Jung, a German football player of Ghanaian descent. Gideon Klein, a Czechoslovakian composer and pianist. Gideon Raff, an Israeli director and screenwriter.
  • Popularity: Gideon has increased in popularity in the U.S. since the 2000s and ranked 310th in 2021.
Powerful, Fierce, Biblical

Gilbert

Gilbert is specifically of Norman-French origin. It uses the elements “gīsil” meaning “arrow shaft,” or “gisal” meaning “pledge” or “hostage,” and “bert” meaning “bright” or “famous.” Some cute nicknames for your little Gilbert are Gil and Berty. Bert is fine too, but it might be slightly outdated.

  • Origin: German, French
  • Meaning: Bright pledge, famous arrow
  • Pronunciation: GILL-bert
  • Variations: Guilbert, Gilberto
  • Namesakes: Gilbert Gottfried, an American stand-up comedian. Gilbert Melki, a French actor.
  • Popularity: Gilbert had been highly popular in the U.S. since the 1900s but ranked 964th in 2016 before disappearing from the charts.
Fancy, Sophisticated, Formal

Gilead

Gilead makes for an unusual but interesting pick. It comes from “gal” meaning “heap” or “mound,” and “êd” meaning “witness” or “testimony.” Translated more literally, Gilead means “heap (of stones) of testimony.” In the Bible, Gilead referred to a fertile area east of the Jordan river where three tribes of Israel once resided.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Witness heap
  • Pronunciation: GILL-ee-ud
  • Variations: Gilad, Ghil’ad
  • Namesakes: Gilead Sher, an Israeli attorney and former member of congress.
  • Popularity: In 2014, about 555 bore the name Gilead worldwide.
Biblical, Unique, Cool

Gilles

Gilles is a French variant of the English Giles, both deriving from Aegidius, a Latinization of the Greek word “aigidion.” A small goat might seem a strange inspiration for a child’s name, but there’s something adorable about it too. Goat kids are awfully cute, getting up to mischief on those short, prancing legs. Perhaps that’s the sentiment Gilles tries to capture.

  • Origin: French, English
  • Meaning: Small goat
  • Pronunciation: ZHEEL, JEYE-ls
  • Variations: Giles
  • Namesakes: Gilles Lellouche, a French actor and film director. Gilles Muller, a professional tennis player from Luxembourg.
  • Popularity: In France, Gilles ranked 480th in 2000 but hasn’t appeared on the charts since.
Cute, Sweet, Sophisticated

Gilmer

Gilmer comes from Gilmore, which has many proposed meanings and origins. From Scottish Gaelic and Irish Gaelic, respectively, Mac Gille Mhoire and Mac Giolla Mhuire, means “servant of (the virgin) Mary.” From a diminutive of an ancient Germanic forename, it bears the element “gīsil,” meaning “pledge” or “hostage.” If your son is like your right-hand man, give Gilmer a go.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Pledge, bearer of the broadsword to a chief
  • Pronunciation: GILL-mur, GILL-muh
  • Variations: Gilmore
  • Namesakes: Gilmer Hernandez, an American former sheriff’s deputy.
  • Popularity: Gilmer is most prevalent in Peru and ranked 957th in the U.S. in 1907.
Unique, Formal, Cute

Gin

In Japan, Gin means “silver” or “silvery,” whereas it refers to money or gold in China. In the west, the spelling of this epithet could imply an alcoholic beverage, but its pronunciation and meaning are unrelated. Gin Ichimaru is a popular character with silvery white hair from the anime BLEACH. Have your boy shine brightly with Gin.

  • Origin: Japanese, Chinese
  • Meaning: Silver, gold, money
  • Pronunciation: GEEN, JEEN
  • Variations: Chin, Jin
  • Namesakes: Gin Maeda, a Japanese actor. Gin Shinga, a Japanese manga creator.
  • Popularity: Gin is most prevalent in China and Myanmar.
Casual, Regal, Cute

Gino

Gino is so Italian he could be the third secret Mario brother. It packs a punch with only four letters. Despite its nobler etymology, it may also be a diminutive of the Italian version of George, which means “farmer.” Gino could still find space on the birth certificate as a second name if you’d like a meatier option.

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Ever-living, well-born, noble
  • Pronunciation: JEEN-oh
  • Variations: Geno
  • Namesakes: Gino Mäder, a Swiss professional cyclist. Gino Caviezel, a Swiss alpine skier.
  • Popularity: In 2014, Gino ranked 939th in the U.S. and 429th in the Netherlands in 2015.
Fancy, Cute, Sweet

Giorno

Not everything is a Jojo reference — but this is! Giorno Giovanna is the protagonist of the fifth installment of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure. The sunny epithet is from the medieval Italian name and word “Bongiorno,” meaning “good day.” Keep your face to the sun with the cheerful-sounding Giorno.

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Day
  • Pronunciation: JOR-noh
  • Popularity: Giorno is borne by about 27 people worldwide as a forename.
Exotic, Cool, Sophisticated

Giovanni

Giovanni is a form of the Latin, Iohannes. It’s popular in the U.S. and its homeland, Italy, ranking 17th in 2020. Nicknames for Giovanni could include Gianni, Giovan, or Gio. We don’t have to mention how fancy Giovanni is with Giovanni Versace doing all the heavy lifting. High fashion speaks for itself.

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Jehovah has been gracious
  • Pronunciation: JOH-van-ee, JEE-oh-van-ee
  • Variations: Geovanni, Giovanna
  • Namesakes: Antonino Giovanni Ribisi, an American film and TV actor. Giovanni Versace, an Italian fashion designer, and socialite.
  • Popularity: Giovanni has blown up in the U.S. since 1907 and ranked 124th in 2021.
Formal, Religious, Sophisticated

Giuseppe

Giuseppe will forever be tied up in Pinocchio’s tale. And with countless adaptations, it looks like that connection won’t go anywhere soon. If that doesn’t bother you, then you’re in luck! Giuseppe is an Italian form of Joseph, from the Hebrew Yosef. Giuseppe, like Joseph, is a bounty that promises to keep giving.

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Jah has added/increased
  • Pronunciation: juh-SEH-pee, joo-SEH-pehy
  • Namesakes: Giuseppe Verdi, an Italian composer. Giuseppe Colombo, an Italian scientist, mathematician, and engineer.
  • Popularity: In 1975, Giuseppe peaked in the U.S. at 735th but fell off the charts after 1986.
Vintage, Fancy, Religious
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Glen

Glen means what it says and says what it means. From Gaelic “gleann,” which is a narrow valley, Glen is a nature name that often gets overlooked. The world seems to be over it, but you can’t deny the practicality of keeping things simple.

  • Origin: Scottish, Irish
  • Meaning: Valley
  • Variations: Glenn
  • Namesakes: Glen Powell Jr., an American actor. Glen Drover, a Canadian heavy metal guitarist.
  • Popularity: In 2003, Glen was 970th in the U.S. but hasn’t ranked since.
Formal, Vintage

Godric

Godric is such an awesome pick just for how it sounds. Its elements include the Old English “god” and “ric” or “rice,” meaning “might,” “power,” or “rule.” Sadly, after the Norman Conquest, Godric lost its power. The wizard, Godric Gryffindor, is a famous fictional namesake from the Harry Potter series. So maybe Godric still has a little magic left.

  • Origin: Anglo-Saxon
  • Meaning: God’s power, God’s ruler
  • Pronunciation: GOD-rik
  • Variations: Godrich, Godrick
  • Namesakes: Godric of Mappestone, an Anglo-Saxon thane (landowner).
  • Popularity: Godric and Godrick are rare among male names that start with G.
Badass, Cool, Religious

Goliath

If you hope your baby grows as tall and sturdy as a tree, you could use Goliath. It stems from the root “galah,” and the meanings “uncover” and “reveal” was likely meant in the vein of “conspicuous.” Beyond the connotations of great height, being called Goliath nowadays might already be too conspicuous.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Uncover, reveal
  • Pronunciation: guh-LEYE-uth
  • Variations: Golyat
  • Namesakes: Goliath, a Philistine giant and military champion.
  • Popularity: Goliath is most prevalent in Israel and Zambia but doesn’t make the top 1,000 names.
Biblical, Powerful, Unique

Gomer

Gomer is a rare gender-neutral biblical choice. The two forebears of Gomer in the Bible include Noah’s grandson and the wife of Hosea. While Gomer can also be used as a surname, it sounds much better as a first. Complete your naming wishlist with Gomer and finally put it on U.S. charts.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: To complete
  • Pronunciation: GOH-muh, GOH-mer
  • Namesakes: Gomer Griffith Smith, an American politician. James Gomer Berry, 1st Viscount Kemsley, a Welsh business owner, and publisher.
  • Popularity: Gomer doesn’t rank on U.S. charts and is most common in the Philippines.
Unique, Biblical, Formal

Gon

At only three letters, Gon should be easy to say, yet somehow, it gets fumbled quite often. Besides “spirited man,” in Aboriginal Australian, Gon could also mean “friendly.” Anime buffs will recognize Gon as the main character of Hunter x Hunter. Although fictional, he makes for a charming namesake with his high spirits and positive nature.

  • Origin: Australian, Japanese, Korean
  • Meaning: A spirited man, authority, strong, respect
  • Pronunciation: g-ON
Cute, Sweet, Powerful

Gonzalo

Gonzalo is most popular in Mexico and Uruguay and ranked 21st in Spain for 2021. It stems from Gundisalvus, a Latinized Germanic name, and uses the roots “gund” meaning “war” and possibly “salvus,” meaning “safe.” Another suggested meaning is “battle soul,” making Gonzalo unexpectedly awesome.

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: Saved from battle
  • Pronunciation: gun-ZA-loh, gun-ZAH-loh, gon-SA-loh
  • Variations: Gonzálo, Gonçalo
  • Namesakes: Gonzalo Higuaín, an Argentine professional football player. Gonzalo P. Curiel, a U.S. district judge.
  • Popularity: Gonzalo had a turbulent time on U.S. charts and ranked 963rd in 2007 before falling off.
Unique, Melodious, Casual

Goodluck

Goodluck has to be the world’s luckiest name. It’s simply an English word used as a first name in some African nations. Goodluck seems like a weird choice for westerners, but politicians and presidents carry it without issue. Wish your baby good luck in a more permanent sense with Goodluck.

  • Origin: African, English
  • Meaning: Fortunate, one having good luck
  • Namesakes: Goodluck Jonathan, a Nigerian politician and former president. Goodluck Ole-Medeye, a Tanzanian politician and a member of Parliament.
  • Popularity: Goodluck is most common in Nigeria and Tanzania, and in 2014 ranked 590th and 273rd, respectively.
Unique, Modern, Exotic

Gopal

Gopal is from Indian Sanskrit “Gopala,” meaning “cow-protector” in the sense of a “cowherd.” The Hindu god Krishna is called Gopala-Krishna in his child form, giving context to Gopal’s meaning as “protector of the world.” The Gopaul variant is most popular in Mauritius, Trinidad and Tobago, and Guyana but is rare in India.

  • Origin: Indian
  • Meaning: Cow-protector, protector of the world
  • Pronunciation: GOH-pal
  • Variations: Gopaul, Gopala
  • Namesakes: Gopal Bose, an Indian cricketer. Gopal Dutt, an Indian actor, and writer.
  • Popularity: In 2014, Gopal ranked 61st in India and 76th in Nepal.
Religious, Powerful, Mythical

Goran

Mountaineers and hikers should adore Goran, but you don’t need to love high altitudes to use it. It comes from the south Slavic “gora” meaning “mountain,” and is popular in Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia, and North Macedonia. Goran is easy on the ears and should be able to fit into the western aesthetic with ease.

  • Origin: Slavic
  • Meaning: Mountain man, highlander
  • Pronunciation: GOR-an
  • Variations: Goranka, Göran, Gøran
  • Namesakes: Goran Ivanišević, a Croatian tennis coach and former tennis player. Goran Višnjić, a Croatian actor. Goran Marković, a Serbian film and theater director, screenwriter, and playwright.
  • Popularity: Goran ranked in the top ten in Serbia in 2014.
Powerful, Cool, Exotic

Gordon

Gordon is a Scottish surname but is used as a first in the English language. Gordon Ramsey made this one a household name for sure. Nicknames could include Gordy or Gordie, Gordo, and Gor.

  • Origin: Scottish, English
  • Meaning: Spacious fort
  • Pronunciation: GAWR-dun, GOR-dn
  • Namesakes: Gordon Ramsay, a renowned British chef, restaurateur, and TV personality. Gordon Lightfoot Jr., a Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist.
  • Popularity: Gordon was 925th in the U.S. for 2021.
Formal, Powerful
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Gore

Gore is from Old English “gara,” a derivative of “gār” meaning “spear.” It is topographic and refers to a triangular piece of land. As in the case of Al Gore, former U.S. vice president, it was originally a surname.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Wedge-shaped, triangular piece of land
  • Pronunciation: GAWR, GOR
  • Namesakes: Gore Vidal, an American author.
  • Popularity: Gore is the most popular in India and Nepal.
Badass, Cool, Unique

Gorislav

Gorislav is made up of the south Slavic elements “gora” meaning “mountain” or “heap” and “slava” meaning “glory,” “fame,” or “honor.” This mountain name takes it a step further. Gorislav feels exotic and gives a sense of how much you prize your special boy.

  • Origin: Russian, Croatian
  • Meaning: Glory of the mountains
  • Pronunciation: GOR-ih-slev, GOR-ih-slaav
  • Variations: Gorislava, Goroslav
  • Popularity: Gorislav is most prevalent in Russia and Croatia but is rare worldwide.
Regal, Cool, Exotic

Goro

Goro sounds strong as a boulder. Its popularity in Japan could turn into popularity in the west as long as it’s brought to parents’ attention. If you have a full nest and struggle to remember which hatched first, Goro will help you keep track.

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: Fifth son
  • Pronunciation: GAW-roh
  • Variations: Gorō, Gorou
  • Namesakes: Goro Noguchi, a Japanese singer, and actor. Goro Inagaki, a Japanese actor, and musician formerly with the group SMAP. Gorō Miyazaki, a Japanese anime director and son of Hayao Miyazaki.
  • Popularity: Goro is the most popular in Japan, ranking 354th in 2014.
Powerful, Casual, Unique

Gottfried

Gottfried is from Old High German, Godafrid, brought to the English by the Normans as Godfrey. From the moment a baby is born, parents worldwide want to keep them safe. The way you choose a name reflects the preferred cultural practice of protection. Gottfried could be a snug fit for your beloved gift.

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: God’s peace, God’s protection
  • Pronunciation: GOHT-freed, GOT-freed
  • Variations: Godfrey, Godefroy
  • Namesakes: Gottfried John, a German stage, film, and voice actor. Gottfried von Cramm, a German tennis champion.
  • Popularity: Gottfried is most common in Germany and Austria, ranking in the top 1,000 names for 2014.
Religious, Regal, Badass

Grady

Grady was transferred from an Irish surname to an English first. Ultimately, it comes from an Irish nickname, Gráda. Grady is an easy name for a little one to learn and should make meeting new people a breeze. Crown your young lord with Grady.

  • Origin: Irish, English
  • Meaning: Renowned, noble
  • Pronunciation: GRAY-dee
  • Namesakes: Grady Tate, an American jazz musician, and vocalist. Grady Booch, an American software engineer. Grady Sutton, an American actor.
  • Popularity: Grady was most popular in the U.S. in 1911 and ranked 428th in 2021.
Casual, Modern

Graham

Graham isn’t just a healthy snack. It stems from Old English elements “grand” meaning “gravel” and “ham” meaning “hamlet.” Though once more common on European charts, Graham has taken off in the U.S., and we don’t see it slowing down. Graham is practical-sounding and has an established place in celebrity culture.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Gray home, gravel homestead
  • Pronunciation: GRAY-um, GRAM
  • Variations: Grahame, Graeme
  • Namesakes: Graham McTavish, a Scottish actor, and author. Henry Graham Greene, an English novelist, and journalist.
  • Popularity: Graham has risen steadily on U.S. charts since 1900, and in 2021 ranked 161st.
Cool, Sophisticated

Granger

Previously an occupational surname, Granger comes from Old French “grangier,” which stems from the Latin word “granum,” meaning “grain.” Granger has the word “ranger” in it, and guys with guns that protect the forests are pretty cool.

  • Origin: English, French
  • Meaning: Fram bailiff, granary overseer
  • Pronunciation: GRAYN-jer
  • Variations: Garner
  • Namesakes: Granger Smith, an American radio host, and country musician.
  • Popularity: Granger ranked for the first time in the U.S. at 953rd in 2021.
Unique, Cool, Modern

Granit

Granit is also occasionally a surname mostly used in Finland and the U.S. It is ultimately from the Latin word “granum,” meaning “grain.” Raise a boy as tough as stone with Granit.

  • Origin: Albanian, Latin
  • Meaning: Granite
  • Pronunciation: GRAN-it
  • Variations: Granite, Granito
  • Namesakes: Granit Xhaka, a Swiss professional football player. Granit Rugova, a Kosovan professional basketball player for the Kosovo national team.
  • Popularity: In 2014, 2,856 people were called Granit worldwide, but it’s most common in Kosovo and Albania.
Powerful, Unique, Cool

Grant

Grant is derived from Norman French “grand,” meaning “great” or “large.” This is a no-brainer for anyone with a tall kid. It’s also only five letters and fairly popular. With the sophistication of a surname, Grant is just right for standing out while fitting in.

  • Origin: French, English, Scottish
  • Meaning: Big, large
  • Variations: Grante, Grandt
  • Namesakes: Grant Imahara, an American electrical engineer, roboticist, and TV host. Grant Achatz, an American chef, and restaurateur.
  • Popularity: In Scotland, Grant last ranked in 2003 at 96th, and in the U.S. maintained consistent popularity at 212th in 2021.
Sophisticated, Powerful

Granville

Granville is from a Norman town called Grainville, meaning “Guarin’s town.” This ultimately comes from a Germanic element meaning “guard” or “protect.” Granville is a classic from the 50s with the potential to be great again.

  • Origin: English, French
  • Meaning: Guard’s town, big town
  • Pronunciation: GRAN-vill
  • Namesakes: Sir Granville Bantock, an English composer, and conductor. Granville Adams, an American actor.
  • Popularity: Granville last ranked in the U.S. at 989th in 1952.
Unique, Formal, Fancy
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Grayson

Grayson is a chilled-out English option making waves in the U.S. Its counterpart, Greyson, ranked 83rd in the U.S. for 2021. Whichever version you choose, just know that Dad doesn’t need salt and pepper hair for it to work.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Son of the gray-haired man, son of a steward/bailiff
  • Pronunciation: GRAY-sn, GRAY-sun
  • Variations: Greyson, Graysen
  • Namesakes: Grayson Perry, an English artist, writer, and broadcaster. Grayson Boucher, an American streetball player, and actor.
  • Popularity: Grayson boomed in the U.S. and ranked 35th in 2021.
Cool, Casual, Modern

Gregor

Gregor isn’t in the U.S. top 1,000 but it’s been on TV screens since 2011. Gregor Clegane was a terrifying knight from George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire books and the Game of Thrones TV adaptation. Gregor does seem a bit formal for a young man, but it can always be shortened to Greg.

  • Origin: German, Scottish, Slovak, Greek
  • Meaning: Watchful, alert
  • Pronunciation: GREH-gr, GREH-gor, GREE-gawr
  • Variations: Grigor, Griogair
  • Namesakes: Gregor Meyle, a German singer-songwriter. Gregor Schlierenzauer, an Austrian ski jumper.
  • Popularity: Gregor was 94th in Scotland for 2009 and 83rd in Slovenia for 2011.
Cool, Formal, Sophisticated

Gregory

Gregory is the English form of the Latin Gregorius, which stems from the Greek Grēgórios. Gregory has been popular among popes, with 16 taking up the moniker. It might have something to do with the biblical admonition to remain watchful. Or maybe the folk associated with the Latin “grex” meaning “flock” or “herd,” spurred their choice.

  • Origin: English, Greek
  • Meaning: Watchful, alert
  • Pronunciation: GREH-guh-ree
  • Variations: Grigor, Gregor, Greggory, Gregorio
  • Namesakes: Matthew Gregory Wise, an English actor and producer. Gregory Davies, a Welsh stand-up comedian, and actor. Gregory Bear, an American writer, and illustrator.
  • Popularity: Gregory peaked in the U.S. between 1962 and 1963 at 21st and ranked 486th in 2021.
Formal, Vintage

Grey

Grey is a handsome color name suited to guys. It officially outperformed its cousin in the U.S., as the last time Gray ranked was 990th in 1901. The Fairy Tail ice mage, Gray Fullbuster, bears the less popular variant with style. Increased usage in media could see Grey and its counterpart rise through the ranks together.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Gray-haired
  • Pronunciation: GRAY
  • Variations: Gray
  • Namesakes: Grey Damon, an American actor. Grey Neville of Billingbear, Berkshire, an English landowner, and politician.
  • Popularity: Grey was most popular in the U.S. in 2021, ranking 716th.
Casual, Cool, Sweet

Griffin

Griffin is from the Latinized Gruffudd or Grifud, combining the elements “cryf” meaning “strong,” and “iudd” meaning “lord” or “prince.” Apart from the stately meaning, Griffin is also inspired by the word “griffin,” Anglicized from the Latin Griffinus. Bring your fantasy to life with Griffin.

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: Strong lord, strong prince
  • Pronunciation: GRIH-fin, GRIH-fn
  • Variations: Grifud
  • Namesakes: Griffin Gluck, an American actor. Griffin Dunne, an American actor, film producer, and director.
  • Popularity: Griffin spiked in the U.S. from 1985 and ranked 232nd in 2021.
Mythical, Badass, Regal

Griffith

Griffith is a version of the Anglicized form of Gruffudd, and is more often a surname. It’s similar enough to Griffin to steal some cool points but has its own charm. A famous fictional namesake is Griffith from the Berserk manga and anime.

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: Strong lord, strong prince
  • Pronunciation: GRIH-fith, GRIH-futh
  • Variations: Griffin, Grifud, Gruffudd
  • Namesakes: Griffith C. Evans, an American mathematician.
  • Popularity: Griffith ranked 590th in Wales for 2014.
Powerful, Regal, Cool

Grimm

Grimm derives from a personal name, Grímr, which comes from the Old Norse “gríma” meaning “mask” or “helmet.” The surname is highly popular in Germany and is widely associated with the Brothers Grimm. This pair of German academics and authors had a younger brother called Ludwig Emil Grimm. He was an artist and later had a prize named after him.

  • Origin: Scandinavian
  • Meaning: Stern, severe
  • Popularity: Though rare worldwide, Grimm is most prevalent in the U.S. and North Macedonia.
Cool, Modern, Powerful

Grisha

Grisha is a diminutive of Grigoriy and Georgi, making it the Russian Greg. Let’s be honest, though, Grisha is way cooler. Grischa seems to get more airtime despite this, but the extra “c” for English-speakers might be an unnecessary complication. In fiction, the Shadow and Bones series use Grisha as a term for practitioners of the Small Science.

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Watchful
  • Pronunciation: GRIH-shuh
  • Variations: Grischa, Gricha
  • Namesakes: Georgi “Grisha” Filipov, a leading member of the Bulgarian Communist Party. Grischa Niermann, a German professional road bike racer.
  • Popularity: Grisha ranked 182nd in Armenia, where it is most common.
Badass, Cool, Regal

Grisham

Worldwide, Grisham is unusual as a first name, but as a surname, it’s quite popular in the U.S. Novel readers will be familiar with John Grisham, a renowned author of legal thrillers. Grisham has loads of potential with its badass air and gentle meaning.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: From the grassland, from the pasture
  • Pronunciation: GRIH-shum
  • Variations: Gresham
  • Popularity: The forename Grisham is carried by about 51 people globally, making it extremely rare.
Sweet, Cool, Modern

Grover

From the Old English “graf,” meaning “grove,” Grover was once a popular pick. Its rise in fame could be attributed to the former U.S. president, Grover Cleveland. These days, Grover is tied to the little blue Muppet character and puppet from Sesame Street.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Grove of trees
  • Pronunciation: GROH-vuh, GROH-vr
  • Namesakes: Grover Cleveland, a former U.S. president. Grover Krantz, an American anthropologist, and cryptozoologist.
  • Popularity: Grover last ranked in 1974 at 949th in the U.S.
Vintage, Cute, Sweet
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Guglielmo

In a twist, nobody saw coming, Guglielmo is an Italian version of the English William. It stems from the Old High German elements “willo” meaning “will” or “desire,” and “helm” meaning “helmet” or “protection.” If you like Guglielmo, adorable nicknames like Elmo and Mo are worth a try.

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Resolute protector, desire to protect
  • Pronunciation: goo-lee-EL-moh
  • Namesakes: Guglielmo Marconi, an Italian inventor, electrical engineer, and radio technology pioneer. Guglielmo Borremans, a Flemish baroque painter.
  • Popularity: Guglielmo is highly popular in Italy and ranked 194th in 2020.
Fancy, Unique, Exotic

Guido

Let us guide you to Guido. This moniker is a Latinized form of the Germanic, Wido, which was often confused with the Latin Vitus, meaning “life.” Guido is an uncomplicated Italian option that retains its romantic finesse.

  • Origin: Italian, German
  • Meaning: Wood, leader, guide
  • Pronunciation: GEE-doh, GWEE-doh
  • Namesakes: Guido Cantz, a German TV presenter. Guido Imbens, a Dutch-American economist. Guido Maria Kretschmer, a German fashion designer and TV personality.
  • Popularity: Guido has dropped off the charts in the U.S. and France but in 2020, ranked 175th in Italy.
Melodious, Cute, Sweet

Guillermo

Guillermo is the Spanish form of William. It’s gained some traction in the U.S., possibly due to celebrity exposure. Guillermo del Toro brought this fancy version of William from Mexico, and his film career did the talking. Trying new things is the spice of life, so why not add Guillermo to your list?

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: Resolute protector, desire to protect
  • Pronunciation: gee-ER-moh, gee-AIR-moh
  • Namesakes: Guillermo del Toro, a Mexican filmmaker and novelist. Guillermo Ochoa, a Mexican professional football player.
  • Popularity: Guillermo was 812th in the U.S. and 49th in Spain for 2021 but is most prevalent in Mexico and Cuba.
Powerful, Fancy, Regal

Guivre

Guivre is a venomous, dragon-headed serpentine beast from French mythology. It’s a variation of “vouivre” derived from the Latin word “vipera.” Though not often used as a given name, it doesn’t take a huge stretch of the imagination to see Guivre working.

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: Viper, serpent
  • Pronunciation: GEE-vr, GEYE-vr
  • Variations: Givre
Mythical, Fierce, Unique

Gunner

Gunner ultimately derives from the Old Norse name Gunnarr using the elements “gunnr” meaning “war” and “arr” meaning “warrior.” Its adoption into the English lexicon was likely made easier by its connection to the common word “gunner.” Overall, Gunner makes a very rough-and-tumble pick.

  • Origin: English, Scandinavian
  • Meaning: Battler, warrior
  • Pronunciation: GUN-r, GUN-uh
  • Variations: Gunnar
  • Namesakes: Gunner Berg, a Norwegian priest, writer, and politician. Gunner Wright, an American actor.
  • Popularity: Gunner ranked 324th in the U.S. for 2021 but is most popular in Denmark.
Badass, Powerful, Casual

Gunther

Fans of Adventure Time will hear Gunther and be unable to shake visions of penguins from their heads. After all that screen time, Gunther still hasn’t picked up in the U.S. This powerful relative of Gunner has a distinctly German flair.

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: Battle warrior
  • Pronunciation: GUN-thur, GOON-thuh, GOON-tehr
  • Variations: Günther, Günter, Gunter
  • Namesakes: Gunther Philipp, an Austrian actor, physician, and swimmer. Gunther Schuller, an American composer-conductor, horn player, author, and educator.
  • Popularity: Gunther ranked in the top 1,000 for Germany and Belgium in 2014.
Cool, Fierce, Powerful

Gus

Gus is a diminutive of the Latin Augustus, Irish, Angus, and sometimes Gustav. Over time, Gus has come to be its own thing. As a shortened form of several other names, Gus has some cool meanings, so it’s up to you to make your choice.

  • Origin: English, Irish, Latin
  • Meaning: Vigor, exalted
  • Namesakes: Gus Van Sant Jr., an American filmmaker, photographer, and musician.
  • Popularity: In the U.S., Gus fell to 998th in 2018 and hasn’t appeared since.
Casual, Powerful, Modern

Gustave

Gustave is the French form of Gustav, which comes from the Old Swedish Gustaf. It’s become a relic in the U.S. but keeps it pushing over in France. Gustave could be a way to remember your honeymoon in Paris or pay respects to Gustave Eiffel himself.

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: Staff of the Goths, staff of the gods
  • Pronunciation: GOO-stav, GUH-stav
  • Variations: Gustav, Gustavo, Gustaf
  • Namesakes: Gustave Eiffel, a French engineer and architect. Gustave Courbet, a French painter and a leader of the French Realism movement.
  • Popularity: Gustave last ranked in 1940 at 942nd in the U.S. but was 149th in France in 2021.
Regal, Powerful, Fancy

Guy

Guy is both a form of the Hebrew Gai, meaning “valley” or “ravine,” and the Norman French version of Wido, meaning “wood” or “guide.” Guy is such a guy’s name. In the anime Naruto, Might Guy (first name Guy) is a high-level ninja who excels at martial arts.

  • Origin: English, Hebrew, French
  • Meaning: Valley, ravine, wood, guide
  • Pronunciation: GEYE
  • Variations: Gai
  • Namesakes: Guy Fawkes, also known as Guido Fawkes, a famed participant of the Gunpowder Plot. Guy Fieri, an American restaurateur, author, and award-winning TV presenter.
  • Popularity: Guy was 825th in England and Wales for 2021 but fell off of the U.S. charts after 2006, where it ranked 996th.
Casual, Cool

Gyasi

Gyasi is of Ghanaian Akan origin and is simply perfect. It’s not common in the U.S., and the “y” might throw people off, but it’s super simple to adopt. We think all babies are wonderful, so they should all have the chance to be called Gyasi.

  • Origin: Ghanaian
  • Meaning: Wonderful (child)
  • Pronunciation: ja-SEE
  • Variations: Gyasee, Gyasy
  • Namesakes: Gyasi Zardes, an American professional football player. Gyasi Ross, a Blackfoot author, rapper, activist, and attorney.
  • Popularity: Gyasi is most popular in India, Trinidad and Tobago, and Ghana.
Exotic, Unique, Sweet
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G Names for Boys FAQs

What Are Unique Boy Names That Start with G?

Gyasi and Gaara are two highly unique names for boys that start with G. Gyasi may be pretty common in black communities worldwide, but it doesn’t rank on western popularity charts (1). The lack of information surrounding it, as well as its interesting spelling, makes it fairly distinctive.

Gaara is special because it’s a Japanese fictional name made for a Naruto character. Though Gara is already a girl’s name that means “elegant, lightweight fabric,” Gaara is derived from a Japanese ski resort called GALA. With its kanji meaning of “self-loving asura/demon,” Gaara is a modern invention.

What Is the Most Popular Boy Name That Starts with G?

In one form or another, George can be found worldwide and is the 98th most common name (2). In the English form, George ranks high in England and Wales, Australia, Canada, Ireland, and the U.S., among other countries (3).

Notable persons called George fill up celebrity lists in the hundreds (4). From George Lopez to George Washington and more, George outranks even Gabriel.

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Leigha Mayers

Leigha-Ceres Mayers is a freelance editor and copywriter from Trinidad and Tobago. Previously a primary school assistant teacher, she went on to acquire a TESOL certification before transitioning to freelancing. Outside of researching baby names, Leigha works alongside her husband, producing and publishing romance sci-fi and fantasy books. As a mum of two, she uses what little spare time she has to create traditional and digital works of art. Her other hobbies include voracious reading, watching anime, and learning new languages.
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