George: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name George | Boys
Origin of the name George:
Derived from the Greek geōrgos (earthworker, farmer), which is composed from the elements gē (earth) and ergein (to work).
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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". :)
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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 (14 mo) likes Curious George, but I would not name a child that name.
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!"
My son (b. 2001) is named George. My husband is Romanian and proposed the name George, and I thought he was out of his mind, but he wanted it so bad I couldn't say no. My son is now quite old enough to let us know exactly what he thinks about the name. Let's just say it's not one he would have chosen for himself. But I feel there are worse names out there. I like that George is an unpopular yet classic name that can't be shortened because there are so many great names that people shorten or hack to make into not-so-great names. For instance, I like Jonathan, but don't like John. With George you don't have that problem.
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St. George is the patron saint of England
- Famous real-life people named George: | Edit
George Strait, Country Music Singer
George Washingon, 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
George Carlin, American stand-up comedian
George Clooney, American actor and director
George Cukor, American director (My Fair Lady)
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)
Six British kings and two Greek kings
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"
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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 (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 "Georgy Girl")
Global Popularity of the Name George
- #12 in England
- #30 in New Zealand
- #66 in Australia (New South Wales)
- #81 in Australia (Victoria)
- #108 in Scotland
- #153 in United States
- #156 in Canada (Alberta)
- #209 in Canada (British Columbia)
- #232 in Canada (Quebec)