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Recorded in over two hundred separate spellings, including such varied forms as George, Jorg, Georgius, Hirche, Hirjak, Horak, Horik, Hiroz, Hiriza, Yurak, to Jorat, Yegorov and Djordjevic, this notable surname is of Ancient Greek origins. It is also for very obscure reasons, the patron saint of England. Deriving from the word "Georgios" meaning a farmer, the name was used in Europe throughout the early Christian period, being associated with a martyr of the 3rd century, supposedly killed at Nicomedia in the year 303. The popularity of the name increased greatly at the time of the famous Crusades in the 11th and 12th centuries, when it became the practice for returning crusaders and pilgrims to name their children after biblical figures from the Old Testament...
George (Variants: Georges)
An English relationship name from the personal name George. In French Georges, Latin Georgius and from Greek Ge?rgos, based on a word meaning ‘land worker or farmer’, a derivative of g? ‘land’. In more recent years it has been adopted as an anglicisation of various European cognates, including derivatives of Greek Ge?rgos. An anglicised form of Greek surnames, such as Hatzigeorgiou ‘George the Pilgrim’ and patronymics such as Giorgopoulos ‘son of George’.
As an American family name, this has absorbed cognates from other European languages, including German Georg and Greek patronymics such as Georgiou, Georgiadis, Georgopoulos, and the status name Papageorgiou ‘priest George’.
Early bearers of the surname include: Hugo filius Georgii, 1222 in Curia Regis Rolls (Norfolk); Robertus George, 1377 in Poll Tax (North Wick, Somerset); Cecilia Georg’, 1379 in Poll Tax (Bodham, Norfolk); William George, 1412 in London Letter Books I; Thomas George, 1488 in PROB 11 (Saint Mary Virgin Wisbech, Cambs); William George, 1504 in PROB 11 (Newmarket, Suffolk); Manship Georg, 1612 in IGI (Earsham, Norfolk).
Further to the north in Scotland, the name Archibald George appears as burgess and councillor of Irvine, Ayrshire in 1597.
Mr. Abraham George (b. 1811) was a Cornish settler who was convicted at aged 23 on 14th October 1834. He was sentenced for 7 years for obtaining money under false pretences and transported aboard the ship "Waterloo" on 18 November 1834 to Van Diemen's Land, Australia.
In 1891, the surname was recorded in the England and Wales with 20,409 occurrences and a further 868 in Scotland. In 1881, Cornwall was recorded as a top county with 839 occurrences.
In 1881, the most common George occupation in the UK was Farmer, along with Agricultural Labourer and Labourer reported as the top 3 jobs worked by George. A less common occupation was Coal Miner.
Frank Honywill George (1921 – 1997) was a British psychologist, cyberneticist and former Professor of Cybernetics and Director of the Institute of Cybernetics at the Brunel University. He was best known for his book The Brain as a Computer, which was published in 1962.
1881, 1891 Census
1881 Census in Cornwall
Dictionary of American Family Homes, P Hanks OUP 2003
Homes of Family Names in Great Britain, H.B. Guppy, London 1890
The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland, P.Hanks, Coats, McClure OUP 2016
1860 Lower, Mark A Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom, London: J.R Smith. Public Domain
1857 Arthur, William An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain
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