Snapped by my on the way to work.

Today is St.George’s Day here in England, so it seems as good a time as ever to cover some vaguely patriotic options. But, first, it seems apt to start with the name George.

According to legend, St. George faced the Dragon in a place called Silene, which is said to have been located in modern-day Libya. Other versions of the story change these details around, but there are other common factors in each retelling:

  • The town in question had a Dragon living nearby.
  • To appease said Dragon, the townsfolk fed him two sheep everyday.
  • When there were no sheep, a lottery was created and their children fed to the dragon.
  • One day, the King’s daughter was chosen. She is sometimes called Sabra.
  • The King was distraught and offered most of his wealth and land in order for his daughter to be spared.
  • The townsfolk refused and the daughter was sent out to be fed to the dragon.
  • St. George just so happened to be nearby and he killed the dragon.

As for the name George, he derives from Greek and means farmer, earthworker. It was during the reign of Edward III between 1327 and 1377 that St.George came to be recognised as the Patron Saint of England, and despite this his name was little used until George I came to the throne in 1714. These days [2010], George sits at #9 in England&Wales, making him one of the most popular names here. If you split the data up, George would remain at #9 in England, but fall to #33 in Wales.

Historically, George has always fared reasonably in England&Wales:

1904 – #3

1914 – #3

1924 – #3

1934 – #10

1944 – #21

1954 – #35

1964 – #54

1974 – #83

1984 – #71

1994 – #21

Clearly, after falling by the wayside in the 70s the name George experienced a new boom in the 90s and has stormed back into the Top 10 since then. Remaining in the Top 100 for 100 years is an impressive feat for any name, and few can hold that crown alongside George.

It’s worth noting that there exist variations of George from around the UK:

Deòrsa, scottish

Jory, cornish

Seoirse, irish

Seòras, scottish

Sîor, welsh

Siors, welsh

Siorus, welsh

For me, George is one of those wonderful classics you can’t really go wrong with. I know plenty of lads named George, and they’re all so different that I couldn’t pin down an idea of what a George would be like, whereas I’ve always associated, say, the name Ruby with blond hair, and so forth.

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  1. George was also very popular in the U.S. for a long time, I think it was in the top 5 or 10 for almost 50 years during the late 19th / early 20th century period.

    Now it is just outside the top 100 and trending down, but I think it could see a revival soon.


  2. I hope you enjoyed your Saint George’s Day! (although I’ve noticed some British people are a bit funny about their national day … mind you I expect we’re a bit funny about ours too sometimes).

    George is a classic here too which has never left the Top 100 – it’s actually at its lowest point now, in the 70s. However, it shows no signs of falling in popularity, and has actually been stable at their position for around 30 years.


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