Georg History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Georg is of German origin, meaning "son of George." The name is derived from the Greek "ge ergon," literally meaning "tiller of the soil" or "farmer." Georg was used as a first name throughout Europe during the Middle Ages due to the legendary dragon-slaying fame of St. George, and eventually came into use as a surname around the 12th century.

Early Origins of the Georg family

The surname Georg was first found in various regions of Germany; it is likely that several branches of the family emerged independently when hereditary surnames came into common use. The earliest recorded bearer of the name was Everhardus filius Georgi, who was a resident of Hamburg in 1256. Every branch of the young Georg family was instrumental during this early period, each playing a major role in the development of the society of its particular region.

Early History of the Georg family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Georg research. Another 108 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1256, 1471, 1559, 1588, 1811, 1585, 1656, 1611, 1656, 1868 and 1933 are included under the topic Early Georg History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Georg Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Georg, George, Gurganus, Gürganus, Georgi, Giorges, Gorges, Georgeis, Jorge, Jurge, Jürge, Jörg, Gorgens, Görgens, Jürgen, Jurgen, Yerkes and many more.

Early Notables of the Georg family (pre 1700)

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United States Georg migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Georg Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Georg, who arrived in Virginia in 1638 [1]
  • Symon Georg, who landed in Virginia in 1665 [1]
Georg Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Wilhelm Georg, who landed in New York in 1709 [1]
  • Joh Georg, who arrived in America in 1709 [1]
  • Joh Jost Georg, who arrived in America in 1709 [1]
  • Johann Wilhelm Georg, who landed in New York, NY in 1710 [1]
  • Johann Anthony Georg, who landed in New York, NY in 1710 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Georg Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Miss Georg, who arrived in Brazil in 1828 [1]
  • Jakob Georg Georg, who landed in North America in 1843 [1]
  • Johan Georg, who landed in Texas in 1846 [1]
  • Johann Georg, who landed in Galveston, Tex in 1846 [1]
  • Philipp Georg, who landed in North America in 1846 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Georg (post 1700) +

  • Prince Johann Georg of Hohenzollern (1932-2016), German prince, and through his marriage to Princess Birgitta of Sweden, was brother-in-law of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden
  • Mechthild Georg, German operatic mezzo-soprano, and a professor of voice at the Musikhochschule Köln
  • Albert Georg (1846-1933), Hungarian statesman
  • Johann Georg Specht (1720-1803), German civil engineer and architect of numerous churches and castles
  • Johann Georg Wenrich (1787-1847), Austrian Orientalist and theologian who was appointed to the Academy of Sciences in Vienna in 1847
  • Johann Georg Conradi (1645-1699), German composer
  • Jean Georg Haffner (1777-1830), French physician, founder of the first spa located in Sopot
  • Friedrich Georg Tilly, Polish politician, Mayor of Warsaw from 1799 to 1806
  • Herbert Georg Nau (1913-1944), German Korvettenkapitän with the Kriegsmarine during World War II, recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
  • Kurt Georg Johannsen (1915-1944), German Schnellboot commander in World War II, recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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