George Origin and Meaning

The name George is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "farmer".

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 slayed the dragon and became a 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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George Rank in US Top 1000

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George Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

George Popularity

Famous People Named George

  • Saint George of Lydda
  • George I (George Louis)King of Great Britain
  • George II (George Augustus)King of Great Britain
  • George III (George William Frederick)King of the United Kingdom
  • George IV (George Augustus Frederick)King of the United Kingdom
  • George V (George Frederick Ernest Albert)King of the United Kingdom
  • George VI (Albert Frederick Arthur George)King of the United Kingdom
  • George IVIII, Kings of Georgia
  • George I and IIKings of Greece
  • George I and IIEmperors of Bulgaria
  • George Washington1st U.S. president
  • George Herbert Walker Bush41st U.S. president
  • George Walker Bush43rd U.S. president
  • George Frideric HandelGerman,British Baroque composer
  • George GordonLord Byron, English Romantic poet
  • George Gershwin (born Jacob Gershvin)American composer and pianist
  • George HarrisonEnglish musician of The Beatles
  • George Smith Patton Jr.American WWII general
  • George Washington CarverAmerican scientist and inventor
  • George Ellery HaleAmerican solar astronomer
  • George Burns (born Nathan Birnbaum)American actor/comedian
  • George Bernard ShawIrish playwright
  • George FloydAfrican American man murdered by police, spurring global protests in support of the Black Lives Matter movement
  • George Clinton4th Vice President of the United States
  • George Raymond Richard MartinAmerican novelist
  • George Brinton McClellanAmerican Civil War general and politician
  • George Herman "Babe" Ruth Jr.American baseball player
  • George FoxEnglish founder of the Quakers
  • (George) Ryan Ross IIIAmerican musician of band Panic! at the Disco
  • George DonaldsonScottish singer of band Celtic Thunder
  • George Ezra (Barnett)English singer/songwriter
  • George Bedford DanielBritish drummer for band The 1975
  • George Glenn JonesAmerican country music singer,songwriter
  • George Denis Patrick CarlinAmerican comedian
  • George ShelleyEnglish member of boy band Union J
  • George Robert StephanopoulosAmerican TV journalist and political adviser
  • George Paul BlagdenEnglish actor
  • George Walton LucasAmerican film director
  • George Timothy ClooneyAmerican actor
  • George Coleman Eads IIIAmerican actor
  • George LopezAmerican comedian and actor
  • James George FrazerScottish anthropologist
  • George Robey (born George Edward Wade)English actor/comedian
  • George Mark Paul StroumboulopoulosCanadian TV presenter
  • George Ragan aka Johnny 3 Tearsmusician of American group Hollywood Undead
  • George Edward ForemanAmerican boxer
  • George ClintonAmerican funk musician
  • George Herbert HirstEnglish cricketer
  • George Maxwell AlagiahBritish TV journalist
  • George Wilcken RomneyAmerican businessman and governor of Michigan
  • George Yeoman PocockBritish designer and builder of racing shells for the sport of rowing
  • George 'Joji' MillerComedian, YouTube personality and musician, widely known for The Filthy Frank Show
  • George Alfred HentyBritish author
  • George MichaelBritish singer, songwriter, record producer, and philanthropist
  • George Michael CohanAmerican composer, actor, singer, dancer
  • George Smithsinger and guitarist in British band New Hope Club
  • George Edward Foreman IIV, sons of boxer George Foreman
  • George Plattson of American actor Oliver Platt
  • George Alexander Louis of Cambridge (b. 2013)Prince of the United Kingdom; son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
  • George Samuel Wright (b. 2013)son of country music singer Chely Wright
  • George Abraham Walker Hanson (b. 2013)son of musician Zac Hanson
  • Georges Seuratpointilist painter of A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte

George in Pop Culture

  • George Costanzacharacter on TV's "Seinfeld"
  • Curious Georgemonkey in books by Hans Augusto and Margret Rey
  • George Weasleycharacter in the Harry Potter series, twin of Fred Weasley
  • George Baileymain character in film "It's a Wonderful Life"
  • George Banksfather in book/film "Mary Poppins"
  • George Banksmain character in the Father of the Bride films
  • George Knightleycharacter in Jane Austen's "Emma"
  • George Foyetcharacter on TV's "Criminal Minds"
  • George Crawleyson of Mary and Matthew on TV's "Downton Abbey"
  • George Jetsoncharacter on TV's "The Jetsons"
  • George Oscar "Gob" Bluthcharacter on TV's "Arrested Development"
  • George Michael Bluthcharacter on TV's "Arrested Development"
  • George O'Malleycharacter on TV's "Grey's Anatomy"
  • George "Pornstache" Mendezcharacter on TV's "Orange Is the New Black"
  • GeorgePeppa's little brother on TV's "Peppa Pig"
  • George Tuckercharacter on TV's "Hart of Dixie"
  • George Simmonscharacter in movie "Funny People"
  • George Dandincharacter in "George Dandin ou le Mari confondu" by Moliere
  • George "Sticky" Washingtoncharacter in "The Mysterious Benedict Society" series
  • George Feenycharacter on TV's "Boy Meets World"
  • George Wickhamcharacter in Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice"
  • George Benning(s)character in "The Thing" series
  • Georgia "George" Faynefemale character in the Nancy Drew series
  • George Osbornecharacter in "Vanity Fair" by William Makepeace Thackeray
  • George Kirkcharacter in the movie "Star Trek"
  • Georgina "George" Kirrincharacter in "The Famous Five"
  • George Falconercharacter in "A Single Man"
  • George the Doormana character from the Nickelodeon cartoon "Welcome to the Wayne"
  • George "Georgie" Denbroughcharacter in Stephen King's novel "It"
  • "Sunday in the Park with George"musical by Stephen Sondheim, and its main character, George Seurat
  • George Lowndescharacter in H.D.'s novel "HERmione"
  • Georgehumpback whale in the 1986 film Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

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