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Gender: M Meaning of George: "farmer" Origin of George: Greek George's Popularity in 2013: #157

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Iconoclasts though we may be, we like Fred, we like Frank, and we like George, which was among the Top 10 from 1830 to 1950, when the number of little Georges started to decline. Solid, strong, royal and saintly, yet friendly and unpretentious, we think that George is in prime position for a comeback, especially since it was chosen by Britain's royal couple.

George was the name of the king of Britain for 116 straight years, as well as the patron saint of England, Saint George, who, by slaying the dragon became the symbol of good conquering evil. America's most famous George is, of course, Washington, the Father of Our Country.

Just a few of the many many possible namesakes are George Handel, Shaw, Bush, Gershwin, Burns, Clooney, Shearing, Steinbrenner, Stephanopoulos, Harrison, Orwell, McGovern, Lucas and Clooney.

Celebrities who have chosen George for their sons include Kristin Scott Thomas, Jane Kaczmarek and Eva Herzigova. George Forman named all five of his sons George.

Not surprisingly, there are Georges scattered through English and American literature, including in two Jane Austen novels, and in Vanity Fair, Uncle Tom's Cabin and An American Tragedy, not to mention Curious George, "George of the Jungle," George Jetson, George Jefferson, George Bailey and George Costanza.

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Famous People Named George

Saint George of Lydda
George I-VI, Kings of England and the United Kingdom
George I-VIII, Kings of Georgia
George I and II, Kings of Greece
George I and II, Emperors of Bulgaria
George Washington, first President of the United States
George Washington Adams, son of U.S. President John Quincy Adams
George Herbert Walker Bush, 41st President of the United States
George Walker Bush, 43rd President of the United States, son of George H.W. Bush
George Frideric Handel, German-British Baroque composer
George Gordon, Lord Byron, English Romantic poet
George Gershwin (born Jacob Gershvin), American composer and pianist
George Harrison, English musician of The Beatles
George Smith Patton, Jr., American WWII general
George Washington Carver, American scientist and inventor
George Burns (born Nathan Birnbaum), American actor/comedian
George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright
George Clinton, 4th Vice President of the United States
George Raymond Richard Martin, American novelist
George Brinton McClellan, American Civil War general and politician
George Fox, English founder of the Quakers
(George) Ryan Ross III, American musician of band Panic! at the Disco
George Donaldson, Scottish singer of band Celtic Thunder
George Ezra (Barnett), English singer/songwriter
George Bedford Daniel, British drummer for band The 1975
George Glenn Jones, American country music singer-songwriter
George Denis Patrick Carlin, American comedian
George Shelley, English member of boy band Union J
George Robert Stephanopoulos, American TV journalist and political adviser
George Paul Blagden, English actor
George Walton Lucas, American film director
George Timothy Clooney, American actor
George Lopez, American comedian and actor
James George Frazer, Scottish anthropologist
George Robey (born George Edward Wade), English actor/comedian
George Mark Paul Stroumboulopoulos, Canadian TV presenter
George Ragan aka Johnny 3 Tears, musician of American group Hollywood Undead
George Clinton, American funk musician
George Herbert Hirst, English cricketer
George Maxwell Alagiah, British TV journalist
George Herman "Babe" Ruth, Jr., American baseball player
George Wilcken Romney, American businessman and governor of Michigan
George Platt, son of American actor Oliver Platt
George Alexander Louis (b. 2013), Prince of the United Kingdom, son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Pop Culture References for the Name George

George Costanza, character on TV's 'Seinfeld'
Curious George, monkey from children's literature
George Weasley, character in Harry Potter series, twin of Fred Weasley
George Bailey, character in movie 'It's A Wonderful Life'
George Banks, father in "Mary Poppins"
George Knightley, character in Jane Austen's 'Emma'
George Foyet, character on TV's 'Criminal Minds'
George Crawley, character on TV's "Downton Abbey"
George Jetson, character on TV's "The Jetsons"
George O'Malley, A character on TV's "Grey's Anatomy"
George "Pornstache" Mendez, character on TV's "Orange is the New Black"
George, Peppa's little brother on TV's "Peppa Pig"
George Tucker, character on TV's "Hart of Dixie"
George Simmons, character in movie "Funny People"
George Dandin, character in "George Dandin ou le Mari confondu" by Moliere
George "Sticky" Washington, character in "The Mysterious Benedict Society" series

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