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Varghese / Varughese / Verghese, Geevarghese ,Varkey and Vergis are SyriacMalayalam variants of George in India. It is given as first name or last name among the Syrian Christians / Saint Thomas Christians, an ancient community of Christians in India.[1][2] The name Georgios, whose origin is from the Greek root word 'geō', means a 'farmer'. This Greek name became popular in Eastern Orthodox Churches due to the legend of Saint George who was a Roman soldier of Greek descent killed for his Christian faith. He was considered to be a saint. In Middle Eastern regions, especially within Assyrian Christian community the saint's name was spelt as Gewargis or Gevergis. The Syrian Orthodox community within Kerala had a Malayalam variant spelt as Geevarghese. With time the name 'Geevarghese' began to sound like two conjoined names Gee Varghese'. Finally the name got shortened into 'Varghese'.

People named Varghese[edit]

Varghese as given name[edit]

Varghese as last name[edit]

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  1. ^ The Encyclopedia of Christianity, Volume 5 by Erwin Fahlbusch. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing - 2008. p. 285. ISBN 978-0-8028-2417-2.
  2. ^ The Jews of India: A Story of Three Communities by Orpa Slapak. The Israel Museum, Jerusalem. 2003. p. 27. ISBN 965-278-179-7.
  3. ^ BG Verghese Writings and Commentaries - Outlook magazine excerpt on the 1966 rupee devaluation rollercoaster, from B G Verghese's memoirs, First Draft: The Making of Modern In...
  4. ^ "Mr Peter N Varghese AO - Biographical details". Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Commonwealth of Australia. 3 December 2012. Retrieved 28 October 2013.
  5. ^ "Joshiy sir found a commanding power in my body language: Sijoy Varghese". The Times of India. 3 August 2014.