George (given name)
|Name day||April 23|
|Word/name||Greek: Γεώργιος (Georgios)|
|Meaning||He who works the land|
|Related names||Georgios, Giorgos, გიორგი (Giorgi), Георги (Georgi), Giorgio, Georgia, Georgina, Georgette, Georgetta, Gjergj, Gogo, Jorge, Jørgen, Jay, Joe, Jurayj, Örjan, Yuri, Yrjö.|
George is a widespread given name, derived from the Greek Γεώργιος (Geōrgios) through the Latin Georgius. While it is commonly a masculine name, in English it is also sometimes given as a feminine name. Its popularity is due to the widespread veneration of the Christian military saint Saint George (George of Lydda c. 275/281–303).
The name derives in origin from the name of Zeus Georgos, worshipped as a god of crops.
The noun γεωργός geōrgos "husbandman, farmer" and the verb γεωργέω geōrgeō "to be a farmer; to plow, till, cultivate" are attested in Attic Greek, in the works of (Plato and Aristophanes). The word geōrgos "husbandman, farmer" was one of Zeus's epithets in Athens: Ζεύς Γεωργός (Zeus Geōrgos), the god of crops and harvest. Aelius Herodianus in the 2nd century lists Georgios alongside Demetrios and Ammonios as a theophoric name derived from the theonym by suffixing -ios. It is likely that the historical Saint George (Georgios) was born in Lydda, Syria Palaestina in c. 280 as the son of a Greek Christian nobleman from Cappadocia. After his martyrdom in 303, the name Georgios soon became used more widely among Christians in the Eastern Empire.
By the 7th century, at least 25 bishops in Anatolia and the Aegean had taken the Saint's name. In the late 7th century, when much of the former Eastern Empire fell to the Rashidun conquests, refugees came to Byzantine-controlled Rome and during that time, "eastern" names began to gain popularity in the Latin world. The cult of St. George was probably brought to Italy by soldiers from the Anatolic Theme, and established itself from about the mid-7th century; by the 680s, Roman priests named Georgios were no rarity.  The given name did not, however, establish itself in the west among laymen until the end of the early medieval period. The cult of St. George was greatly boosted during the age of the Crusades (see also Golden Legend), and the name was widespread at the European courts by the 13th century.
In the Middle Ages, Catalan and Occitan knights used the war cry "Sant Jordi! Firam! Firam!". Similarly, the English knights used to go into battle with the cry "by George", as St. George was their patron saint.
- Patriarch George of Antioch (758-790), Patriarch of Antioch and head of the Syriac Orthodox Church
- George II of Armenia, catholicos of Armenian Church (877–897)
- George I of Georgia (d. 1027)
- George II of Georgia
- George III of Georgia
- George III of Imereti
- George IV of Georgia
- George V of Georgia
- George VI of Georgia
- George VII of Georgia
- George VII of Imereti
- George VIII of Georgia (George I of Kakheti, died 1476)
- George I of Imereti (late 14th century)
- George II of Kakheti (1464–1513)
- George I of Bulgaria, emperor of Bulgaria 1280–1292
- George II of Bulgaria, emperor of Bulgaria 1321–1322
- Rumelia (Balkans)
- George Kastrioti Skanderbeg (1405–1468), Albanian prince and national hero
- George, Duke of Coimbra (1481–1550), Portuguese Infante, natural son of King John II of Portugal
- George of Lencastre, 2nd Duke of Aveiro (1548–1578), Portuguese Prince
- George H. W. Bush, 41st US President.
- George W. Bush, 43rd US President, son of George Herbert Walker Bush.
- George Burns, American comedian, actor, and writer.
- George Clooney, American actor, screenwriter, producer, director and activist.
- George Costanza, fictional character on the television sitcom Seinfeld
- George Harrison, English musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter and music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles.
- George Hrab, drummer, guitarist, composer and podcaster known for performing rock, funk and jazz and for exploring atheist, skeptic and science themes in his work.
- George Lucas, American filmmaker and entrepreneur.
- George R. R. Martin, American novelist and short story writer in the fantasy, horror, and science fiction genres.
- George Michael, English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer.
- George Orwell, Pen-name of English author Eric Arthur Blair.
- George Pal, Hungarian-born American film producer and director.
- George Herman "Babe" Ruth, Jr. Babe Ruth, American baseball player.
- George Washington, first President of the United States (1789–97), the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.
In Germany, the name has been popular since the Middle Ages, declining later use. In Britain, despite St. George being the patron of England since the 14th century, the name did not become popular until the 18th century following the accession of George I of Great Britain.
In the United States, statistics from the mid-19th century placed the name among the five most popular baby names. The trend continued until the 1950s, when the name began to lose popularity. It was the seventh popular name in 1925, whereas it was not included in the top ten boys' name list of 1972.
The same trend occurred in France as one of the top ten in the early 20th century, has come to be at position 20.
International variant forms
- Eastern: Romanian: George with soft g's and Gheorghe (with hard g's), Georgiu
- Bulgarian: Георги (Gеоrgi)
- Croatian: Juraj, Jurica, Jure, Đuro
- Slovene: Jurij, Jure
- Macedonian: Ѓорѓи (Gjorgji), Ѓорѓе (Gjorgje), Ѓорѓија (Gjorgjija), Ѓоко (Gjoko)
- North Sea
- Albanian: Gjergj, Jorgo, Gjorgj
- Armenian: Գեվ (Gev), Գեվոր (Gevor), Գեվորգ (Gevorg), Գեւորգ (Kevork)
- Amharic: ጊዮርጊስ (Giorgis)
- Egyptian: جرجس (Gerges)
- Arabic: جرج (Jurj), جورج (George), خضر (Khodor), جرجس (Girgis), جورايج (Jurayj)
- Basque: Gorka
- Hungarian: György
- Georgian: გიორგი (Giorgi), გიო/გია (Gio/Gia - both masculine), გოგი/გოგა (Gogi/Goga - both masculine)
- Japanese: ジョージ (Jōji)
- Malayalam: ഗീവര്ഗീസ് (Geevarghese), Varghese, Varkey
- Maltese: Ġorġ, Ġorġa
- Persian: گئورگ (Georg)
- Tigrinya: Gergish
- Turkish: Yorgi
- γεωργ-ός, γεωργ-έω in Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon.
- Jan N. Bremmer, Andrew Erskine, The Gods of Ancient Greece: Identities and Transformations, p.104, Edinburgh University Press, 2010
- Michael York, Pagan Theology: Paganism As A World Religion, p.132, NYU Press, 2005
- J.F. Boissonade, Herodiani partitiones (= Ἐπιμερισμοί, e codd. Paris. 2543 + 2570). London, 1819 (repr. Amsterdam: Hakkert, 1963), 172. Τὰ διὰ τοῦ ιος προπαροξύτονα ὀνόματα, κύριά τε καὶ ἐπίθετα, καὶ ἀπὸ τόπου λαμβανόμενα, διὰ τοῦ ἰῶτα γράφονται· κύρια μέν· οἷον· Γεώργιος· Δημήτριος· Ἀμμώνιος· ἐπίθετα δέ· οἷον· ἅγιος· κύριος· ὅσιος· λόγιος· ἄξιος· καὶ τὰ λοιπά· ἀπὸ τόπου δὲ λαμβανόμενα· οἷον· Ῥόδιος· Κύπριος· Βυζάντιος· καὶ τὰ ὅμοια.
- Andrew J. Ekonomou, Byzantine Rome and the Greek Popes: Eastern Influences on Rome and the Papacy from Gregory the Great to Zacharias, A.D. 590-752, Lexington Books, 2007, ISBN 9780739119778, p. 213.
- Frank Nuessel (1992). The Study of Names: A Guide to the Principles and Topics. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. p. 10. Retrieved 11 September 2013. – via Questia (subscription required)
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