George is a masculine given name, of English and Romanian origin, derived from the Greek GeĹŤrgios.

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The name gained popularity due to its association with the Christian martyr, Saint George, a member of the Praetorian Guard who was sentenced to death for his refusal to renounce Christianity, and prior to that, it might have been a theophoric name, with origins in Zeus Georgos, an early title of the Greek god Zeus.

Saint George, also George of Lydda, was a soldier of Cappadocian Greek origins, member of the Praetorian Guard for Roman emperor Diocletian, who was sentenced to death for refusing to recant his Christian faith.

The Praetorian Guard was an elite unit of the Imperial Roman army whose members served as personal bodyguards and intelligence for the Roman emperors.

Zeus is the sky and thunder god in ancient Greek religion, who ruled as king of the gods of Mount Olympus.

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Today, it is among one of the most commonly used names in the Western world, though its religious significance has waned among modern populations.

The Western world or the West is a term usually referring to different nations, depending on the context, most often including at least part of Europe.


Its diminutives are Geordie and Georgie, with first limited primarily to residents of England and Scotland, and its feminine forms, used in the Anglosphere, are Georgeanna, Georgeanne, Georgene, Georgia, Georgiana, and Georgina.

The term Anglosphere refers to a set of English-speaking nations with a similar cultural roots, based upon populations originating from the nations of the British Isles, which today maintain close political and military cooperation.

Geordie is a nickname for a person from the Tyneside area of North East England, and the dialect used by its inhabitants.

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