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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

George Ezra, English singer/songwriter
George Washington, the first President of the United States
George Washington Adams (1801-'29), son of John Quincy Adams
George H. W. Bush, 41st President of the United States
George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States
George Frideric Handel, German-born Baroque composer
George Gordon Byron, British Romantic poet
George Gershwin, American composer and pianist
George Harrison, musician from the Beatles
George Washington Carver, American scientist and inventor
George Burns, American comic and actor
George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright
George R. R. Martin, American author
(George) Ryan Ross III, American musician
George Donaldson, Scottish singer
George Daniel, British drummer for the band The 1975
George Jones, famous country singer/songwriter
George Carlin, comedian
George Shelley, English member of boy band Union J
George Blagden, English stage and film actor
George Lucas, director
George Clooney, American actor
George Lopez, American comedian and actor
Prince George Alexander Louis, son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
James George Frazer, Scottish anthropologist
George Platt, son of American actor Oliver Platt
George Stroumboulopoulos, Canadian TV host
George "Johnny 3 Tears" Ragan, from group "Hollywood Undead"
George Alagiah, British journalist & newsreader
George Herman "Babe" Ruth, Jr.-famous baseball player

Pop Culture References for the Name George

George Costanza, character in American TV sitcom 'Seinfeld'
Curious George, a monkey from children's literature
George Weasley, character from Harry Potter, twin of Fred Weasley, and older brother of Ginny and Ron.
George Bailey, from classic US film 'It's A Wonderful Life'
George Knightley, from Jane Austen's 'Emma'
George Foyet, character on 'Criminal Minds'
Lady Mary and Matthew Crawley's son and heir (Downton Abbey)
George Jetson, character on The Jetsons
George O'Malley, A character on Grey's Anatomy from Seasons 1-5
George "Pornstache" Mendez, character from Netflix original show "Orange is the New Black"
George is Peppa's little brother on Peppa Pig
George Tucker, character on television series Hart of Dixie
George Simmons, from movie "Funny People"
George Dandin, character in "George Dandin ou le Mari confondu" by Moliere