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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 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named George. 29% of George men worked as a Farmer and 13% of George women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named George were Fisherman and Student

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Fisherman

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
  • Student

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

George Historical Records

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Passenger List

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There are 171,000 military records available for the last name George. For the veterans among your George ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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George Life Expectancy

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Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, 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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