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Where did the English George family come from? What is the English George family crest and coat of arms? When did the George family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the George family history?

The Anglo-Saxon name George comes from the given name of the father and was typically denoted as "the son of George." The personal name George was originally derived from the Greek word which means someone who was a farmer or someone who worked the land.


One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name George has appeared include George, Georgeson and others.

First found in Dorset where it is noted as a somewhat rare name in mediaeval records. The popularity of the name increased during the Crusades which brought more contact with the Orthodox Church. St. George, who slew his famous dragon in 303 A.D., may have inspired the use of this name. In 1348, Edward III founded the Order of the Garter under the patronage of St. George and by 1415, a yearly festival was set in place that continues today. Today, St. George is considered the patron saint of England.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our George research. Another 227 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1412, 1471, 1511, 1700, 1594, 1677, 1626, 1678, 1690, 1647, 1640, 1644, 1797 and are included under the topic Early George History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 173 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early George Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the George family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 129 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name George arrived in North America very early:

George Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Griffeth George, who arrived in Virginia in 1619
  • Jane George, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Jane George, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Henry George, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • William George, who arrived in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1637

George Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Rebecca George, who landed in Virginia in 1702
  • Jean George, who arrived in Louisiana in 1718
  • Joh Christoph George, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751
  • Edmund George, who arrived in America in 1760
  • Francois George, who landed in South Carolina in 1763

George Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Robt George, who landed in America in 1806
  • Matthew George, who landed in America in 1810
  • Martha George, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • M George, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Eliza George, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811

George Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Joe George, who landed in Mississippi in 1903
  • Michael George, who arrived in Mississippi in 1905
  • Albert George, who arrived in Mississippi in 1905
  • Petro George, who arrived in Mississippi in 1913
  • John George, who landed in Alabama in 1928


  • Henry George (1839-1897), American economist
  • James Zachariah George (1826-1897), American jurist and legislator
  • Lowell George (1945-1979), American musician, singer and guitarist
  • Brigadier-General Charles Peaslee George (1886-1946), American Commanding General Artillery XXII Corps (1944)
  • Brigadier-General Harold Huston George (1892-1942), American Deputy Chief of Staff for Material and Logistics (A-4), Far East Air Force (1942)
  • Lieutenant-General Harold Lee George (1893-1986), American Director of Information, Headquarters U.S. Army Air Forces, Washington, D.C. (1946)
  • Jean Craighead George (1919-2012), American Newberry Medal winning writer who authored over one hundred books for young adults, probably best known for her work On the Far Side of the Mountain
  • Herbert George (1593-1633), English poet
  • Susan Melody George (b. 1950), English film and television actress, and film producer
  • Prime Minister David Lloyd George (1863-1945), 1st Earl Lloyd-George of Dwyfor, British statesman of Welsh origin, Prime Minister of England from 1916 to 1922



  • The DeMilles (Also George): An American Family by Anne Edwards.
  • George Genealogy by Keith H. George.

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The George Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The George Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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