[ 1 syll. geo-(r)ge, ge-o-rge ] The baby boy name George is pronounced as JHOWRJH (English) †. George is used predominantly in the English language and its origin is Old Greek. The name's meaning is farmer, earthworker. Georgius (Latin) and Georgos (Old Greek) are old forms of George. The Latin Georgius is derived from the Old Greek Georgios, which is of the element 'georgos'; the element itself is a compound of 'ge' and 'ergo'. The name was borne by several early saints, including Saint George, who was immortalised in the tale of his slaying a dragon, and is one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers. He was regarded as the patron saint of England since the 14th century, but in spite of this, the name was not popular with English speakers in the medieval period. The name became popular after the accession of the Hanoverian King George I in 1714. Subsequently five other English monarchs bore the name, further boosting its popularity and cementing its status as a royal name. The name Georgia (English) is the female version of George.
The name George is widely used; it has 123 variants that are used in English and other languages. Variants used in English include Georas, Geordi, Georgas, Georget, Georgi (used in Russian and Slavic as well), Georgii, Giogio, Giorgi, Giorgios, Giorgius, Goerge, Gordios, Gorge, Gorje, Gorka, Gorya, Gosha, Grzegorz, Gunya, Iorgos, Jerzy (used in Czech and Polish as well), Joren (used in Scandinavian as well), Jorge (used in Spanish as well), Jory, Jura, Siaosi, Yiorgos, Yorgos, Yorick (used in Scandinavian as well), and Yorrick (used in Scandinavian as well). The diminutive forms Geordie (used in Scottish as well), Georgie, and Georgy are other English variants.
Foreign variants of George include Chorche (Aragonese), Deorsa (Gaelic), Deòrsa (Gaelic), Djordje (Slavic), Djura (Slavic), Durko (Czech), Egor (Russian), Georg (German, Scandinavian, and Slavic), Georges (French), Georgio (Italian), Georgios (Greek), Georgius (Dutch), Georgiy (Russian), Georgs (Latvian), Gevork (Armenian), Gheorghe (Romanian), Giorgio (Italian), Giorgis (Greek), Giorgos (Greek), Gjergj (Albanian), Gogos (Greek), Goran (Scandinavian), Göran (Scandinavian), Gyorgy (Hungarian and Russian), György (Hungarian), Gyuri (Hungarian), Gyurka (Hungarian), Igor (Czech, Italian, Polish, Russian, and Slavic), Iouri (Russian), and Jeorg (German).
George is a classic favorite. Today it is still a popular baby name for boys, though to a lesser extent than it was before. In 1900, 3.330% of baby boys were given the name George. It ranked at #4 then. The baby name has since steeply fallen in popularity, and is in recent years of occasional use. In 2012, its usage was only 0.115% and its ranking #166, but it was nonetheless the most popular out of all boy names in its group. In 2012, 20% more boys were named George than the subsequent ranked name, Jorge. The name George has been mostly given to baby boys, though it has also been used as a girl name in the past century. In 1955, the name George was given to 164 times as many baby boys than girls.
Baby names that sound like George include Georgs, Jaric, Jeorg, Jerk, Jerok, Jorje, Tjark, Georas, Georgas, Georgie, Georgii, Georgius, Georgy, Gerek, Gerick, Gerreck, Giorgi, Giorgis, Giorgius, and Girish.
† Pronunciation for George: JH as in "joy (JH.OY)" ; OW as in "oak (OW.K)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)"
Details of famous persons named George:
Actor Richard Chamberlain, born George Richard Chamberlain, 31 March 1935, Beverly Hills, California.
Actor George Clooney, born 6 May 1961, Lexington, Kentucky.
Actor George Hamilton, born 12 August 1939, Memphis, Tennessee.
Actor George Lazenby, born 5 September 1939, Goulburn, Australia.
Actor George Reeves, born George Keefer Brewer, 5 January 1914 - 16 June 1959, Woolstock, Iowa.
Actor George C. Scott, born 18 October 1927 - 22 September 1999, Wise, Virginia.
Actor Orson Welles, born George Orson Welles, 6 May 1915 - 9 October 1985, Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Author George Orwell, born Eric Arthur Blair, 25 June 1903 - 21 January 1950, Motohari, India.
Author George Bernard Shaw, born 26 July 1856 - 2 November 1950, Dublin, Ireland.
Baseball Player Babe Ruth, born George Herman Ruth, Jr., 6 February 1895 - 16 August 1948, Baltimore, Maryland.