What does George mean?
George /geor-ge/ [3 sylls.] as a boys' name is pronounced jorj. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of George is "farmer".
From Greek Georgios, a derivative of geôrgos "farmer", from gê "earth" and ergein "to work". Saint George, a knight who became the patron saint of England, achieved legendary status through the medieval story of his struggle with a fire-breathing dragon, symbolic of the devil. George was a royal name in England, and was popular in the 18th century when there were four Hanoverian kings of the name. In the US, George Washington made it as popular. Use of the Geordi variants may be influenced by the character Geordi LaForge on the TV series "Star Trek: The Next Generation". See also Joren, Keoki, and Yuri. Singer George Michael; fashion designer Giorgio Armani; comedians George Burns, George Carlin; baseball player George "Babe" Ruth; American Presidents George Prescott Bush, George Herbert Walker Bush; actor George Clooney.
George has 55 variants: Deorsa, Egor, Georas, Geordi, Geordie, Georg, Georges, Georgi, Georgie, Georgio, Georgios, Georgiy, Georgy, Gheorghe, Giorgi, Giorgino, Giorgio, Giorgios, Giorgius, Goran, Gyorgy, Gyuri, Igor, Jerzy, Jiri, Joeri, Joran, Jorck, Jordi▼, Jorg, Jorgan, Jorge▲, Jorgen, Joris, Jorn, Jory, Jurek, Jurgen, Jurian, Jurik, Orjan, Seoirse, Seoras, Sior, Siors, Siorus, Yegor, Ygor, Yiorgos, Yorgos, Yorick, Yorik, Yuri, Yurik and Yuriy.more]
How popular is George?
George is a very prominent first name for males (#16 out of 1220, Top 1%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#227 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of George for boys. George reached its highest position of #4 in the U.S. during the years 1900-1909, and is at #134 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Jordan (#55 last year), Jorge (#207), Jory and Jordi are the prominent varying forms of George (#134 last year) appearing in the Top 1000. Usage of these boy names reached its apex in 1999 (usage of 0.5992%) and is somewhat lower today (usage 0.5208%, down 13.1%), with the version Jordi becoming less fashionable. Jordan (#55) and Jorge (#207) are two of the more fashionable boy names in this compilation, with Jordan enjoying a resurgence in popularity. Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of the boy name George and corresponding names. (2014 Birth Statistics)