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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.
The surname George was 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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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
George Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. John George U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 461 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York
- Mr. William George U.E. who settled in St. Andrews, New Brunswick c. 1784 he was part of the Port Matoon Association
- Mr. John George U.E. who settled in Ernest Town [Ernestown], Ontario c. 1784
George Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Samuel George, who landed in Canada in 1830
- Isaac Lyman George, who landed in Canada in 1839
George Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- R George, who arrived in St John, New Brunswick in 1907
- G George, who arrived in St John, New Brunswick in 1907
George Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- James George, English convict from Shropshire, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- Thomas George, English convict from Worcester, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- William Henry George arrived in Port Misery aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" in 1839
- Edward Tobias George arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orleana" in 1839
- Mary George arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840
George Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Thomas George landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
- Robert R George landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842
- E George landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1842
- Thomas George, aged 27, a farmer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
- Mary George, aged 21, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
- 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
- Lieutenant-General Harold Lee George (1893-1986), American Director of Information, Headquarters U.S. Army Air Forces, Washington, D.C. (1946)
- Brigadier-General Harold Huston George (1892-1942), American Deputy Chief of Staff for Material and Logistics (A-4), Far East Air Force (1942)
- Brigadier-General Charles Peaslee George (1886-1946), American Commanding General Artillery XXII Corps (1944)
- James George, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Luzerne County, 1881-82
- James P. George, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1980, 1984; Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1980
- James Zachariah George (1826-1897), American Democrat politician, U.S. Senator from Mississippi, 1881-97; Died in office 1897
- Jean E. George, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1952
- John George, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1972
- John E. George, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1916
- The DeMilles (Also George): An American Family by Anne Edwards.
- George Genealogy by Keith H. George.
- Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
- Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
- MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
- Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
- Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
- Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
- Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
- Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
- Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
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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