Carolingian G

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(Carolingian) G.
Capital yogh (left), lowercase yogh (right).
Shape of Insular G.

The Carolingian G or French G is one of two historical variants of the letter G which were in use in the Middle English alphabet; the other variant was the insular G or Irish G. The Carolingian G is named for the Carolingian minuscule script, an exemplar of its use.[1]

The Carolingian G stands at the basis of the modern letter G, and eventually replaced the insular G as standard form for the letter. The insular G survived for a while as the letter yogh before being dropped from the English alphabet.[dubious ]

The Carolingian G is the standard letter form for G in all modern Latin alphabets.


  1. ^ The History of G. Accessed March 30, 2012.