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Gender: Male Meaning of George: "farmer" Origin of George: Greek George's Popularity in 2017: #124

The name George is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "farmer". George is ranked #124 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Middle Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "How many ____s do you know?".

From the experts:

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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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 I-VIII, Kings of Georgia
George I and II, Kings of Greece
George I and II, Emperors of Bulgaria
George Washington, 1st U.S. president
George Herbert Walker Bush, 41st U.S. president
George Walker Bush, 43rd U.S. president
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 Ellery Hale, American solar astronomer
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 Herman "Babe" Ruth, Jr., American baseball player
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 Coleman Eads |||, 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 Edward Foreman, American boxer
George Clinton, American funk musician
George Herbert Hirst, English cricketer
George Maxwell Alagiah, British TV journalist
George Wilcken Romney, American businessman and governor of Michigan
George Yeoman Pocock, British designer and builder of racing shells for the sport of rowing
George 'Joji' Miller, a comedian, YouTube personality and musician, widely known for The Filthy Frank Show
George Alfred Henty, British author
George Michael,British singer, songwriter, record producer, and philanthropist
George Michael Cohan, American composer, actor, singer, dancer
George Smith, singer and guitarist in British band New Hope Club
George Edward Foreman I-IV, sons of boxer George Foreman
George Platt, son 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
George Virginia Morgan (b. 2018), daughter of actors Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hilarie Burton

Pop Culture References for the name George

George Costanza, character on TV's "Seinfeld"
Curious George, monkey in books by Hans Augusto and Margret Rey
George Weasley, character in the Harry Potter series, twin of Fred Weasley
George Bailey, main character in film "It's a Wonderful Life"
George Banks, father in book/film "Mary Poppins"
George Banks, main character in the Father of the Bride films
George Knightley, character in Jane Austen's "Emma"
George Foyet, character on TV's "Criminal Minds"
George Crawley, son of Mary and Matthew on TV's "Downton Abbey"
George Jetson, character on TV's "The Jetsons"
George Oscar "Gob" Bluth, character on TV's "Arrested Development"
George Michael Bluth, character on TV's "Arrested Development"
George O'Malley, 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
George Feeny, character on TV's "Boy Meets World"
George Wickham, character in Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice"
George Benning(s), character in "The Thing" series
Georgia "George" Fayne, female character in the Nancy Drew series
George Osborne, character in "Vanity Fair" by William Makepeace Thackeray
George Kirk, character in the movie "Star Trek"
Georgina "George" Kirrin, character in "The Famous Five"
George Falconer, character in "A Single Man"
George the Doorman, a character from the Nickelodeon cartoon "Welcome to the Wayne"
George "Georgie" Denbrough, character in Stephen King's novel "It"



Dadtwobe Says:


Is there any other "meaning" one could derive from George other than farmer? Like "connected to the earth" and "strong work ethic" or is that grasping at straws.. ?

Carla jemma Says:


I like the name George it’s my favourite boys name & I don’t like boys names very much I never had boys names until 2016 & I have a comfortable good feeling with it I just love it I have George James as a boys name as it was a popular middle name & I wanted it

Carla jemma Says:


I like this

George Samaras Says:


Oh Yea? Want to try it and find out why? : -

paulapuddephatt Says:


Love this name, a firm favourite for me

kertheshe Says:


Sounds a bit too harsh for my liking.

headintheclouds Says:


I've always found it ironic that a name so loved by royals has the meaning of "farmer"! George has always been a classic name, though maybe not a core one like James or Robert- I know some people who found it very old-man-like and unappealing until cute and squishy little Prince George was born, and I'm sure many others have had similar changes of heart.

Personally, while I've always respected George for its stalwartness and can see its enormous appeal, where it would age well and be adorable on a baby boy, I've never really liked George as a name. It's the two hard g-sounds and the way it looks on paper, with its rounded g's and the o in there- that puts me off it.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I want to like this name but the only George I know is awful. He's the kind of kid the adults like because he acts nice around them but is just terrible when around only the other kids. So while I can respect this name as a well-used and timeelss classic, I don't think I can ever fully like George due to a bad experience.

ThistleThorn Says:


I love this name, it's so cute!

Georgie Porgy pudding and pie, kissed all the girls and made them cry!

Kateri Says:


I think George Marcus called Gus is great!

Angelicaecb Says:


Oh! I think Gus is workable as a nn, I especially love George Marcus to get both Gus and honor your husband. It's a cute way to get the nn and still make a lot of sense if you need to explain to someone where Gus comes from. :)

dawne3 Says:


To me, George is a name filled with character. A name that can work for any age!

RehiFam Says:


George Spencer?

indiefendi2 Says:


Geordie is a nickname for George but it's one of those names that doesn't really have nicknames.

Hylian Wizard Says:


I don't think Gus works for George, they're like two different names.

MaryKathryn Says:


I think that Gus could absolutely work for George!

vanessa_joanna Says:


My husband and I are currently in debates about this! We are expecting in July (don't know the sex!) and are having a hard time with boys' names. We both like Gus for a nickname, but would like something else for a full name. My grandfather was George, and I love it as a name. My husband is so-so on George. I'm floating the idea of a little 'George S----' (example, George Samuel) and using G-S to get to Gus. Any thoughts? Similarly, I suggested 'George Marcus' (my husband is Mark) and using G-us to get to Gus. Do you think this is doable or too weird?

Plutophelia Says:


Not in some areas. i know five guys named Graham. Plus it just reminds me of Graham crackers and you don't even want to know how weird the history of graham crackers is.

Angelicaecb Says:


But what other nn's could George have beside's Georgie? Maybe Geo? GG?

gem3 Says:


what did you name him?

Guest Says:


This name is quite nerdy to me but George Clooney, Prince George, and George Daniel from The 1975 are making me love it. I adore Georgie as a nickname.

Kateri Says:


George, hands down. Love it.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I prefer Graham because it is less common than George.

LolaAugust Says:


Our son is going to born in 3 months and we can't decide on a name. We're torn between George and Graham- what does everyone prefer?