In the Middle Ages, French families took on surnames with increasing frequency. St'georges appeared at that time in the province of Limousin
. It was derived from the ancient personal name
George, which was borne by the popular Saint. It is ultimately Greek in origin and translates as tiller of the soil or farmer.
Early Origins of the St'georges family
The surname St'georges was first found in Limousin
, where the family has been traced to the early ages.
Early History of the St'georges family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our St'georges research.Another 399 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1189, 1356, 1763, 1784, 1403, 1688, 1724, 1700, 1704, 1763, 1652, 1688 and 1724 are included under the topic Early St'georges History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
St'georges Spelling Variations
Throughout the course of history most surnames have undergone changes for many reasons. During the early development of the French language, a son and father may not have chosen to spell their name the same way. Many are simple spelling changes by a person who gave his name, phonetically, to a scribe, priest, or recorder. Many names held prefixes or suffixes which became optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, we have many spelling variations
of this name, St'georges some of which are Saint-Georges, Saint-George, de Saint-George, du Saint-George and many more.
Early Notables of the St'georges family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the St'georges family to the New World and Oceana
By 1643 there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Since immigration was slow, early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England
and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name St'georges has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name St'georges were Charles Saint-George settled in Philadelphia in 1836.