Georgian name

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A Georgian name consists of a given name and a surname used by Georgians.[1]

Given names[edit]

According to the Public Service Hall the most common Georgian names are:[2]

  • For males: Giorgi, Davit, Zurab, Levan, Aleksandre, Irakli, Mikheil, Tamaz, Nikoloz, Avtandil
  • For females: Nino, Tamar, Mariam, Maia, Nana, Ketevan, Natela, Manana, Natia, Ana

Surnames[edit]

Coat of arms of the princely family of Chikovani.

Georgian surnames are derived either from patronymics or, less frequently, from toponyms, with addition of various suffixes.

Georgian suffixes vary by region. The most common Georgian suffixes are:

The first recorded Georgian surnames date to the 7th–8th century. They were mostly toponymic in nature (such as Surameli, Machabeli, Orbeli), patronymic, or derived from the profession, social status, position, or title, which was hereditary in the family (such as Amilakhvari, Amirejibi, Eristavi etc.). Beginning from the 13th century, the surnames became more frequently based upon patronymics, a tradition which became almost universal in the 17th-18th century. Some of the Georgian surnames indicate ethnicity or regional origin of the family, and are also generated as patronymics. Examples are Kartvelishvili ("child of Kartveli", i.e., Georgian), Megrelishvili ("child of Megreli", i.e., Mingrelian), Cherkezishvili ("child of Cherkezi", i.e., Circassian), Abkhazishvili ("child of Abkhazi", i.e., Abkhazian), Somkhishvili ("child of Somekhi", i.e., Armenian), Berdzenishvili ("child of Berdzeni", i.e., Greek), Prangishvili ("child of Prangi", i.e., French).

According to the Public Service Hall the most common Georgian surnames are:

  1. Beridze (ბერიძე): 24,962
  2. Kapanadze (კაპანაძე): 17,202
  3. Gelashvili (გელაშვილი): 16,350
  4. Maisuradze (მაისურაძე): 14,824
  5. Giorgadze (გიორგაძე): 12,954
  6. Lomidze (ლომიძე): 11,796
  7. Tsiklauri (წიკლაური): 11,571
  8. Bolkvadze (ბოლქვაძე): 10,916
  9. Kvaratskhelia (კვარაცხელია): 10,447
  10. Nozadze (ნოზაძე): 10,183

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