George Name Meaning & Origin

George

Pronunciation: JOHRJ (key)

Origin of the name George:

Derived from the Greek geōrgos (earthworker, farmer), which is composed from the elements gē (earth) and ergein (to work).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Comments and insights on the name George: | Edit

George is a straight-laced, classic old name. It seems everyone has an elderly relative or neighbor with this name. Before you decide that George is 'too' straight-laced or old-sounding, just remember George Clooney!
He may be 50 years old now, but the name certainly never held HIM back! As a woman who "married into" George as a surname, I have to say I really like having such a classy last name. Whenever I give my last name to a person, I just say "like the man's name" and they almost always recognize it (although I sometimes have to spell it out when someone is taking down my info)...Hey, maybe George is due to return as a "surname name". :) I like George for a surname. It was my grandmother's maiden name. George Costanza!

Personal experiences with the name George: | Edit

02/2012: We named our son George (b. 2010), we think it is a wonderful under-used classic name, nice simple and strong. It suits him very well.

My son (4 years) will be the only George in his class, probably in his school. While are never asked for clarification on spelling or gender, we are often asked to repeat the name, almost as if they can't believe the George we are referring to is a child and not an old man. It used to be such common name but it's very uncommon today. (I'm beginning to think a little too uncommon.) Our George does get a kick out of how many older men with the name George we see on T.V.: the list is infinite! His comment is always, "Look! Another George!"

Nicknames for George: | Edit

Georgie, Geordie, Gordy, Geo, Georgous, Gorg, Big G, Jork, Gorgey, Jorge, Johnson

Meanings and history of the name George: | Edit

St. George is the patron saint of England

Famous real-life people named George: | Edit

Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge, firstborn of Prince William and Kate Middleton, and third in line to the British throne
George Washington, America's founding father and first president
George Herbert Walker Bush, the forty-first president of the United States
George Walker Bush, the forty-third president of the United States
Six British kings and two Greek kings
George Carlin, American stand-up comedian
George Clooney, American actor and director
George Cukor, American director (My Fair Lady)
George Strait, Country Music Singer
George Armstrong Custer, U.S. Army officer
George Eastman, American inventor and founder of the Eastman Kodak Company
George Gershwin, American composer of jazz and popular music (Porgy and Bess)
George Hamilton, American actor
George Frideric Handel, German composer (Messiah)
George Harrison, British musician (The Beatles)
George of Lydda (Saint George), the patron saint of England (among many other places and things), immortalized in the legend of St. George and the Dragon
George "Babe" Ruth, American baseball player and sports legend
George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright (Pygmalion)
George Washington Carver--American scientist and inventor
George Gordon, Lord Byron--British poet
George Perez, comic book artist
Used as a pseudonym by authors George (Mary Ann Evans) Eliot, George (Eric Blair) Orwell, and George (Amandine Dupin) Sand.
George "Spanky" MacFarland (Our Gang comedies)
George Austen, Jane Austen's father
George Donaldson, a member of the group 'Celtic Thunder', and the only Scotsman.
George M. Cohan, American song and dance man, composer of "You're a Grand Old Flag," "Over There," "Give My Regards to Broadway"
George Ford, English rugby player
George Ryan Ross III, ex Panic! At The Disco guitarist (certified smol bean)

George in song, story & screen: | Edit

George mcfly character from back to the future movies ( I'm George, george mcfly I am your density.)
Curious George
George (Georgina), member of Enid Blyton's 'Famous Five'
George of the Jungle
George (Georgia) Nancy Drew books
George Weasley from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
George O'Malley from Grey's Anatomy
George Milton from the book "Of Mice and Men"
George Banks (David Tomlinson) from "Mary Poppins".
George Banks (Steve Martin), in "Father of the Bride." In the sequel, George is chosen as his grandson's name.
George Newman (Weird Al Yankovic), in UHF
George Bailey (James Stewart), from "It's A Wonderful Life"
"George" is dragon slang for humans in Gordon R. Dickson's 1987 book, "The Dragon and the George"
Hey There, Georgy Girl (1966 song by The Seekers, from the movie "Georgie Girl")
George Ingalls from The Little House series

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