Black Last Names Starting With G

Here are the most common Black or African American last names beginning with G in the United States.

Our list takes surnames from the 2010 census only if 50% or more holders declared that they were Black.

Of course, many African Americans have surnames that fall below this percentage. We simply use it as a cut-off for this list.

Details Behind The List

The U.S. census of 2010 included a question that asked if the person was Black or another ethnicity (or mix).

Our details include the black percentage in 2010 for each name. The census provides a percentage with two decimal points. We rounded it to a whole number.

We also checked the censuses of 1940 and 1910 for the number of people of each name who were documented as black.

This article uses the terms Black and African American interchangeably.

The public details from the 2010 census do not include nationality so our numbers cannot be exact. Take them as a guide.

Top 30 Black Surnames Beginning With G

These are the most popular black or African American last names in the 2010 U.S. census.

The surnames are listed below in order of how common they are.

Gaines

The 2010 census had a total of 43,821 people with the last name Gaines.

About 50% identified as Black or African American.

In the 1940 U.S. census, 8,207 people named Gaines were documented as black.

In the 1910 U.S. census, 4,453 people of this name were documented as black.

Historic figures

Matthew Gaines was born in 1840 in Louisiana. Before emancipation, he escaped twice from slavery but was recaptured.

After Texas enacted emancipation in 1865, Gaines became increasingly prominent in Washington County politics. He was elected as a senator in 1869 and was a strong proponent of black voting rights and free public schooling.

Gaines was also a Baptist preacher. He was arrested in 1875 for a speech in which he told his audience:

In the eyes of God, blacks are as good as whites; they should have pride and hold their heads up even in troubled times.

Matthew Gaines, 1875

Grier

The 2010 census had a total of 13,868 people with the last name Grier.

About 57% identified as Black or African American.

In the 1940 U.S. census, 2,285 people named Grier were documented as black.

In the 1910 U.S. census, 1,409 people of this name were documented as black.

Historic figures

Eliza Ann Grier was born in 1865 in North Carolina. She went to college at Fisk University in Tennessee. It took her seven years to graduate, but that was because she had to work every second year to afford the college fees.

Grier went on to study as a doctor at the Women’s Medical College in Pennsylvania. Once again, she had to work every second year to fund her studies.

After she qualified in 1897, she became the first African American woman to get a license to practice medicine in Georgia. Unfortunately, she died four years later.

She once commented on why she specialized in obstetrics. The word “accouchement” in the quote below means childbirth.

When I saw colored women doing all the work in cases of accouchement, and all the fee going to some white doctor who merely looked on, I asked myself why should I not get the fee myself.

Dr. Eliza Ann Grier

Gooden

The 2010 census had a total of 11,335 people with the last name Gooden.

About 61% identified as Black or African American.

In the 1940 U.S. census, 1,666 people named Gooden were documented as black.

In the 1910 U.S. census, 1,017 people of this name were documented as black.

Guyton

The 2010 census had a total of 8,191 people with the last name Guyton.

About 52% identified as Black or African American.

In the 1940 U.S. census, 1,176 people named Guyton were documented as black.

In the 1910 U.S. census, 573 people of this name were documented as black.

Gayle

The 2010 census had a total of 7,916 people with the last name Gayle.

About 61% identified as Black or African American.

In the 1940 U.S. census, 359 people named Gayle were documented as black.

In the 1910 U.S. census, 272 people of this name were documented as black.

Gadson

The 2010 census had a total of 5,291 people with the last name Gadson.

About 90% identified as Black or African American.

In the 1940 U.S. census, 1,583 people named Gadson were documented as black.

In the 1910 U.S. census, 1,067 people of this name were documented as black.

Gladney

The 2010 census had a total of 5,012 people with the last name Gladney.

About 71% identified as Black or African American.

In the 1940 U.S. census, 1,104 people named Gladney were documented as black.

In the 1910 U.S. census, 580 people of this name were documented as black.

Gilliard

The 2010 census had a total of 4,198 people with the last name Gilliard.

About 68% identified as Black or African American.

In the 1940 U.S. census, 883 people named Gilliard were documented as black.

In the 1910 U.S. census, 592 people of this name were documented as black.

Gales

The 2010 census had a total of 4,169 people with the last name Gales.

About 51% identified as Black or African American.

In the 1940 U.S. census, 950 people named Gales were documented as black.

In the 1910 U.S. census, 714 people of this name were documented as black.

Germany

The 2010 census had a total of 3,825 people with the last name Germany.

About 51% identified as Black or African American.

In the 1940 U.S. census, 666 people named Germany were documented as black.

In the 1910 U.S. census, 326 people of this name were documented as black.

Geter

The 2010 census had a total of 3,449 people with the last name Geter.

About 75% identified as Black or African American.

In the 1940 U.S. census, 651 people named Geter were documented as black.

In the 1910 U.S. census, 372 people of this name were documented as black.

Guerrier

The 2010 census had a total of 3,372 people with the last name Guerrier.

About 85% identified as Black or African American.

In the 1940 U.S. census, one person named Guerrier were documented as black. Edward was born in Louisiana and was living in San Antonio.

There were no black holders of the name in the 1910 U.S. census.

Goines

The 2010 census had a total of 3,242 people with the last name Goines.

About 52% identified as Black or African American.

In the 1940 U.S. census, 340 people named Goines were documented as black.

In the 1910 U.S. census, 141 people of this name were documented as black.

Guillaume

The 2010 census had a total of 3,230 people with the last name Guillaume.

About 67% identified as Black or African American.

In the 1940 U.S. census, 9 people named Guillaume were documented as black.

In the 1910 U.S. census, 23 people of this name were documented as black.

Govan

The 2010 census had a total of 3,188 people with the last name Govan.

About 70% identified as Black or African American.

In the 1940 U.S. census, 677 people named Govan were documented as black.

In the 1910 U.S. census, 417 people of this name were documented as black.

Goree

The 2010 census had a total of 3,081 people with the last name Goree.

About 53% identified as Black or African American.

In the 1940 U.S. census, 347 people named Goree were documented as black.

In the 1910 U.S. census, 201 people of this name were documented as black.

Garth

The 2010 census had a total of 3,059 people with the last name Garth.

About 57% identified as Black or African American.

In the 1940 U.S. census, 705 people named Garth were documented as black.

In the 1910 U.S. census, 442 people of this name were documented as black.

Gatling

The 2010 census had a total of 2,944 people with the last name Gatling.

About 79% identified as Black or African American.

In the 1940 U.S. census, 536 people named Gatling were documented as black.

In the 1910 U.S. census, 403 people of this name were documented as black.

Grissett

The 2010 census had a total of 2,769 people with the last name Grissett.

About 51% identified as Black or African American.

In the 1940 U.S. census, 207 people named Grissett were documented as black.

In the 1910 U.S. census, 110 people of this name were documented as black.

Gadsden

The 2010 census had a total of 2,768 people with the last name Gadsden.

About 86% identified as Black or African American.

In the 1940 U.S. census, 775 people named Gadsden were documented as black.

In the 1910 U.S. census, 825 people of this name were documented as black.

Gittens

The 2010 census had a total of 2,756 people with the last name Gittens.

About 69% identified as Black or African American.

In the 1940 U.S. census, 352 people named Gittens were documented as black.

In the 1910 U.S. census, 31 people of this name were documented as black.

Goodloe

The 2010 census had a total of 2,684 people with the last name Goodloe.

About 52% identified as Black or African American.

In the 1940 U.S. census, 557 people named Goodloe were documented as black.

In the 1910 U.S. census, 324 people of this name were documented as black.

Glasper

The 2010 census had a total of 2,647 people with the last name Glasper.

About 85% identified as Black or African American.

In the 1940 U.S. census, 560 people named Glasper were documented as black.

In the 1910 U.S. census, 232 people of this name were documented as black.

Grays

The 2010 census had a total of 2,404 people with the last name Grays.

About 85% identified as Black or African American.

In the 1940 U.S. census, 562 people named Grays were documented as black.

In the 1910 U.S. census, 279 people of this name were documented as black.

Gholston

The 2010 census had a total of 2,375 people with the last name Gholston.

About 77% identified as Black or African American.

In the 1940 U.S. census, 438 people named Gholston were documented as black.

In the 1910 U.S. census, 228 people of this name were documented as black.

Gatson

The 2010 census had a total of 2,373 people with the last name Gatson.

About 83% identified as Black or African American.

In the 1940 U.S. census, 635 people named Gatson were documented as black.

In the 1910 U.S. census, 194 people of this name were documented as black.

Gathers

The 2010 census had a total of 2,222 people with the last name Gathers.

About 77% identified as Black or African American.

In the 1940 U.S. census, 495 people named Gathers were documented as black.

In the 1910 U.S. census, 244 people of this name were documented as black.

Grandberry

The 2010 census had a total of 2,158 people with the last name Grandberry.

About 93% identified as Black or African American.

In the 1940 U.S. census, 346 people named Grandberry were documented as black.

In the 1910 U.S. census, 59 people of this name were documented as black.

Gilyard

The 2010 census had a total of 2,008 people with the last name Gilyard.

About 85% identified as Black or African American.

In the 1940 U.S. census, 504 people named Gilyard were documented as black.

In the 1910 U.S. census, 407 people of this name were documented as black.

Glaspie

The 2010 census had a total of 1,910 people with the last name Glaspie.

About 59% identified as Black or African American.

In the 1940 U.S. census, 284 people named Glaspie were documented as black.

In the 1910 U.S. census, 139 people of this name were documented as black.

More Black Last Names Beginning With G

These black or African American names had between 1,500 and 1,900 bearers in the 2010 U.S. census.

Last NameTotal% Black
Gumbs1,88574%
Grayer1,81180%
Grandison1,74984%
Godbolt1,73579%
Golston1,65382%
Glanton1,65060%
Greenidge1,64285%
Gaye1,61680%
Gammage1,60055%
Gayden1,56280%
Goodwyn1,54654%

Between 1,200 and 1,500 bearers

Last NameTotal% Black
Granderson1,45577%
Grisby1,37783%
Goodlow1,35679%
Gilford1,33360%
Gallon1,32963%
Gethers1,31480%
Gayles1,30085%
Ghee1,30066%
Gueye1,27494%

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