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Origins of the George surname

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What does the name George mean?

The origin of the George name Is English. Although many may assume that this name is a patronymic and given to those who are descended from somebody named George, the given name was actually quite uncommon in the medieval era. It is more likely that this comes from those who played the part of St George (the patron saint of England) in the popular village and festival performances of the period.

Alternative variations of the name George

George, Georg, Gorge, Jorge, Gorg

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Where do most Georges live?

In 1921, most Georges lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Georges

How common is your surname?

141st most common surname in the UK

We have 187,000 records for the George surname. The oldest one dates back to 1100.

Who were Georges most likely to marry?




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What are the most common George first names?

  • William
  • Lloyd
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Georges

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Georges in 1921




General Servant Domestic


Domestic Servant


House Servant


Common Male occupations for Georges in 1921
Agricultural Labourer


Coal Miner




General Labourer




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