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Georgios (Γεώργιος [ʝeˈorʝos]) is a Greek name derived from the word γεωργός (georgos, "farmer" lit. "earth-worker"). The word γεωργός is a compound of γῆ (ge, "earth", "soil") and ἔργον (ergon, "task", "undertaking", "work").[1][2]

It is one of the most usual given names in Greece and Cyprus. The name day is 23 April (St George's Day).

The English form of the name is George, the latinized form is Georgius. It was rarely given in England prior to the accession of George I of Great Britain in 1714. The Greek name is usually anglicized as George. For example, the name of Georgios Kuprios is anglicized as George of Cyprus, and latinized as Georgius Cyprius; similarly George Hamartolos (d. 867), George Maniakes (d. 1043), George Palaiologos (d. 1118).

In the case of modern Greek individuals, the spelling Georgios may be retained, e.g. Georgios Christakis-Zografos (1863–1920), Georgios Stanotas (1888–1965), Georgios Grivas (1897–1974), Georgios Alogoskoufis (b. 1955), Georgios Alexopoulos (b. 1977), etc.

The modern Greek short form Γιώργος Giorgos is sometimes rendered Yiorgos or Yorgos, as in Yiorgos Theotokas (1906–1966).

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  1. ^ G. Babiniotis, Lexicon of New Greek Language, Lexicology Centre, Athens (2002)
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