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George Name Meaning

English, Welsh, French, South Indian, etc.: from the personal name George, Greek Georgios, from an adjectival form, georgios ‘rustic’, of georgos ‘farmer’. This became established as a personal name in classical times through its association with the fashion for pastoral poetry. Its popularity in western Europe increased at the time of the Crusades, which brought greater contact with the Orthodox Church, in which several saints and martyrs of this name are venerated, in particular a saint believed to have been martyred at Nicomedia in ad 303, who, however, is at best a shadowy figure historically. Nevertheless, by the end of the Middle Ages St. George had become associated with an unhistorical legend of dragon-slaying exploits, which caught the popular imagination throughout Europe, and he came to be considered the patron saint of England among other places. As an American family name, this has absorbed cognates from other European languages, including German Georg and Greek patronymics such as Georgiou, Georgiadis, Georgopoulos, and the status name Papageorgiou ‘priest George’. In English-speaking countries, this surname is also found as an Anglicized form of Greek surnames such as Hatzigeorgiou ‘George the Pilgrim’ and patronymics such as Giorgopoulos ‘son of George’. It is used as a given name among Christians in India, and in the U.S. has come to be used as a surname among families from southern India.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Georger, Georg, Georgen, Georgia, Georgi, Gorges, Georgas, Gergel

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George Family Origin

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George Family Occupations

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In 1880, a less common occupation for the George family was Farming. The most common George occupation in the USA was Farmer. 39% of George's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by George.

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  • Farmer

    39%
  • Laborer

    9%
  • Keeping House

    6%
  • Farming

    3%

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George Life Expectancy

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Between 1943 and 2004, George life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for George in 1943 was 32, and 74 in 2004.

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