- For the surname, see George (surname).
|Word/Name||Greek: Γεώργιος (Georgios)|
|Meaning||Farmer / Earth-worker|
|Related names||Georgette (f),|
George is a widespread given name. The name derives from the Greek word γεωργός (geōrgos), "earth-worker", "farmer", which became a name in Greek: Γεώργιος (Geōrgios), and Latin: Georgius. The word "γεωργός" is a compound word, formed by the words γῆ (gē), "earth", "soil" and ἔργον (ergon), "work". In Modern Greek, the form Γιώργος (Yórgos, [ˈʝo̞.rɣo̞s̻]) is commonly used colloquially.
Although the word geōrgos was not used as a name in ancient Greece, it was used as one of Zeus's epithets in Athens: Ζεύς Γεωργός (Zeus Geōrgos), the god of crops and harvest.
In the Western world, the name is known from the eleventh century as a result of the Crusades. The name was extended due to the popularity of St. George and the Golden Legend, widespread in the European courts of the thirteenth century.
In Germany, the name has been popular since the Middle Ages, declining later use. In Britain, despite being St. George the patron of England since the fourteenth century, the name did not become popular until the eighteenth century following the accession of George I of England. In the U.S.A., statistics from mid-nineteenth century placed him among the five most popular baby names. The trend continued until the 1950s, when the name began to lose popularity. The same trend occurred in France as one of the top ten in the early twentieth century, has come to be at position 20.
Other uses of the name
- In many languages George is used as a surname.
- In World War II, the codename for the Japanese fighter Kawanishi N1K-J was George.
- In medicine, there is a rare condition called DiGeorge syndrome.
- In the Middle Ages, Catalan and Occitan knights used the war cry "Sant Jordi! Firam! Firam!". Similarly, the English knights used to go into battle with the cry "by George", which were entrusted to St. George and sought his support as patron saint of the knights.
- In Mexico, 'Vamos a ponerle Jorge al niño' is a colloquial and somewhat vulgar invitation to sex. In English, this would sound like '[If we have a baby,] we'll call him George.'
- George (GEneral ORGanisational Environment) was an O.S developed in 1960 by the company International Computers Ltd.
- Zeus was worshiped in many forms, of which one was a farmer or georgos.
- In south east England, a nickname given to those who love to be hugged and squeezed. Usually a result of 'George' purchasing food for those who bestowed them the autonym.
- George I of Georgia (998/1002–1027), king of Georgia 1014-1027
- George II of Georgia (c.1054–1112), king of Georgia 1072-1089
- George III of Georgia (died 1184), king of Georgia 1156-1184
- George IV of Georgia (1192–1223), king of Georgia 1213-1223
- George V of Georgia (1286/1289–1346), king of Georgia 1299-1302 and 1314–1346
- George VI of Georgia (died 1313), king of Georgia 1311-1313
- George VII of Georgia (died 1405 or 1407), king of Georgia 1393-1407 or 1395–1405
- George VIII of Georgia (1417–1476), king of Georgia 1446-1465
- George IX of Kartli (died 1539), king of Kartli 1525-1527 or 1525–1534
- George X of Kartli (c.1561–1606), king of Kartli 1599-1606
- George XI of Kartli (1651–1709), king of Kartli 1676-1688 and 1703–1709
- George XII of Georgia (1746–1800), last king of Georgia 1798-1800
- Great Britain
- George I of Great Britain (1660–1727), King of Great Britain and Ireland 1714-1727
- George II of Great Britain (1683–1760), King of Great Britain and Ireland 1727-1760
- George III of the United Kingdom (1738–1820), King of the United Kingdom 1760-1820, also George III of Hanover, 1814–1820
- George IV of the United Kingdom (1762–1830), King of the United Kingdom 1820-1830, also George IV of Hanover, 1820–1830
- George V of the United Kingdom (1865–1936), King of Great Britain and Ireland, Emperor of India 1910-1936
- George VI of the United Kingdom (1895–1952), King of Great Britain and Ireland 1936-1952, Emperor of India 1936-1948
- Great Britain
- Lee Quiñones (born George Quiñones), American graffiti artist
- George (Blackadder), two characters from Blackadder series
- George O'Malley, a surgical resident at Seattle Grace Hospital in the TV series Grey's Anatomy.
- George Feeny, a wise teacher, neighbor, and mentor to the characters in the television series Boy Meets World.
- George, title character of the webcomic Bob and George.
- George, the main character of George of the Jungle.
- George Bailey, It's a Wonderful Life.
- Curious George, a cartoon character.
- George Mainwaring, a popular character in British comedy series Dad's Army.
- George Costanza, from Seinfeld.
- George Jetson, from The Jetsons.
- George Kirrin, a character in Enid Blyton's Famous Five.
- George McFly, from Back to the Future.
- George Weasley, in Harry Potter.
- George Jefferson, from "The Jeffersons".
- George Kojima, a character in the manga and anime series Case Closed.
- George Beard, from Dav Pilkey's book series, Captain Underpants
- George Lopez (character), the main character in the comedy television series, George Lopez.
- George Tozer, a footballer who is currently playing for Southampton FC
- George Milton, a the main character of Of Mice and Men.
- George (tortoise) (c. 1920 - 2004), a long-serving pet on the British television series Blue Peter.
- Lonesome George, the last known remnant of the tortoise subspecies Geochelone nigra abingdonil.
- George (Jack Russell Terrier) (c. 1993-2007), New Zealand dog awarded the PDSA Gold Medal in 2009.
- Giant George (Great Dane) (b. 2005), the tallest dog ever recorded.
Other language variants
The name of George has variants in scores of other languages:
- Albanian: Gjergj, Jorgo
- Amharic: ጊዮርጊስ (Giorgis)
- Arabic: جرج (Jurj), جرجس (Jurjus), جورج (George), خضر (Khodor)
- Aragonese: Chorche
- Armenian: Գեվ (Gev), Գեվոր (Gevor), Գեվորգ (Gevorg), Գեւորգ (Kevork)
- Asturian: Xurde
- Basque: Gorka
- Belarusian: Юры (Jury or Yury), Юрка (Jurka or Yurka)
- Breton: Jord, Jorj
- Bulgarian: Георги (Gеоrgi)
- Catalan: Jordi
- Czech: Jiří, Jirka
- Croatian: Juraj, Jurica, Jure, Đuro
- Danish: Georg, Jørgen, Jørn
- Dutch: Joris, Sjors,
- Esperanto: Georgo
- Estonian: Georg, Jüri
- Faroese: Jørundur
- Finnish: Yrjö, Yrjänä, Jori, Jyri, Jyrki
- French: Georges
- Galician: Xurxo
- Georgian: გიორგი (Giorgi), გიო (Gio)
- German: Georg, Gorch, Jörgen/Jörg, Jürgen/Jürg
- Greek: Γεώργιος (Georgios), Γιώργος (Giorgos), Γεωργία (Georgia)
- Hungarian: György
- Irish: Seóirse
- Italian: Giorgio
- Latin: Georgius
- Latvian: Jurģis, Juris
- Lithuanian: Jurgis
- Macedonian: Ѓорѓи (Gjorgji), Ѓорѓе (Gjorgje), Ѓорѓија (Gjorgjija), Ѓоко (Gjoko)
- Malayalam: ഗീവര്ഗീസ് (Geevarghese), Varghese, Varkey
- Maltese: Ġorġ, Ġorġa
- Monegasque: Giorgi
- Norman: Jore
- Norwegian: Georg, Jørn, Ørjan, Jørgen
- Polish: Jerzy
- Portuguese: Jorge
- Romanian: George with soft g's and Gheorghe (with hard g's)
- Russian: Георгий (Georgy), Юрий (Yury/Yuri), Егор (Yegor/Egor)
- Scottish Gaelic: Seòrsa, Deòrsa
- Cyrillic: Ђорђе, Ђорђо, Ђорђа, Ђурађ, Ђоко, Ђока
- Latin: Đorđe, Đorđo, Đorđa, Đurađ, Đoko, Đoka
- Slovak: Juraj
- Slovene: Jurij, Jure
- Spanish: Jorge
- Swedish: Göran, Jörgen, Örjan, Jörn, Georg
- Tigrinya: Gergish
- Ukrainian: Юрій (Yury/Yuri), Георгій (Heorhiy)
- Venetian: Giorgio
- Volapük: Jüri
- Welsh: Sior
- ^ γεωργός, Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon, on Perseus
- ^ γῆ, Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon, on Perseus
- ^ ἔργον, Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon, on Perseus
- ^ Jan N. Bremmer, Andrew Erskine, The Gods of Ancient Greece: Identities and Transformations, p.104, Edinburgh University Press, 2010
- ^ Michael York, Pagan Theology: Paganism As A World Religion, p.132, NYU Press, 2005