Georgiou History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Georgiou was spawned from the landscape of northern France known as Normandy during the Middle Ages. It comes from the Old French form of George.
Early Origins of the Georgiou family
The surname Georgiou was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy.
Important Dates for the Georgiou family
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Georgiou Spelling Variations
French surnames were subject to numerous alterations in spelling because of the various cultural groups that inhabited specific regions. Eventually, each region possessed its own local dialect of the French language. The early development of the French language, however, was also influenced by other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Georgiou is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Jore, Joret, Joreau, Joriau, Joriaux, Jorin, Jorel, Jori, Jory, Jorry, Jorre, Jorret, Jorioz and many more.
Early Notables of the Georgiou family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Georgiou family
France was active as a cultural leader in the early 16th century. One particular area in which they lead was the exploration of the New World. The explorers, like Jacques Cartier in 1534, led the way to North America. Champlain, in 1608, made the first of twenty voyages to France to attract settlers and brought the first migrant in 1617. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec, and the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Georgiou has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Georgiou were Edouard Jory who settled in Virginia in 1664; and Louis Jorel de la Louisiere who was buried in Quebec in 1726.
Contemporary Notables of the name Georgiou (post 1700)
- Byron S. Georgiou, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1988 
- Bill Nickolas Georgiou, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 2008; Candidate for Mayor of Kannapolis, North Carolina, 2009 
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