The George Name History
Recorded in over 200 separate spellings.
This surName is of Ancient Greek origins.
It is also, for very obscure reasons, the patron saint of England.
Deriving from the word Georgios meaning Farmer,
the name was used in Europe throughout the early Christian period,
being associated with a martyr of the 200s AD,
killed at Nicomedia in the year 303.
The popularity of the name increased greatly at the time of the 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.
Examples include: Everadus Georgii of Hamburg, Germany (1256) and
William George (London, 1412)
William Georgeson was a LandHolder in Scotland,
having the Tenancy of Coupar Grange, in 1471.
Henry George is an early Settler in the New World (Virgina in 1635).
The first known recording of the family name is that of
Hugo Georgii, of countyNorfolk, England, in 1222 a.d.
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