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Gender: F Meaning of Georgiana: "farmer" Origin of Georgiana: English, feminine variation of George

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Long a popular upper-crust form in England, where it's pronounced George-ee-AH-na, Georgiana has been been neglected here. But with Georgia growing more popular and the general fashion for elaborate feminine names, Georgiana might have room to grow.

Georgiana Cavendish, the Duchess of Devonshire, was a famed beauty and ancestor of Princess Diana who was portrayed by Keira Knightley in the 2008 film The Duchess.

Georgiana was a favorite character name for early English novelists: Georgiana was Mr. Darcy's younger sister in Pride and Prejudice, Georgiana Podsnap appeared in Dickens's Our Mutual Friend and Jane Eyre had a cousin named Georgiana.

Drew Barrymore's great grandmother was Georgiana Drew Barrymore (called Georgie) and Molly Ringwald used it as her daughter Adele's middle name.

Georgiana has been off the U.S. list since 1952, but once was as high as Number 256.

If you want to reduce the syllable count, you can also consider Georgina (a Scottish favorite) or Georgia.

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Famous People Named Georgiana

Georgiana Cavendish (nee Spencer), Duchess of Devonshire, 18th-century aristocrat, great-great-great-great aunt of Diana Spencer (Princess of Wales), first wife of 5th Duke of Devonshire William Cavendish

Irish actress George Anne Bellamy (1727-88), the illegitimate daughter of a peer and his mistress, was supposed to be christened Georgiana, but the clergyman who baptised her misheard Georgiana as George Anne!

Adele Georgiana, daughter of American actress Molly Ringwald

Georgiana, a popular coach on reality TV's "Toddlers and Tiaras"

Georgiana Drew Barrymore, great-grandmother of Drew Barrymore

Famous British journalist and author Robert Kee's daughter is named Georgiana.

Pop Culture References for the Name Georgiana

Georgiana Darcy is Mr. Darcy's younger sister in the book "Pride and Prejudice."
Georgiana, toadying cousin to Miss Haversham in Dickens's "Great Expectations"
The 2008 film "The Duchess," starring Keira Knightley, is about Duchess of Devonshire Georgiana Cavendish.