The English and Welsh surname George is of patronymic origin, being derived from the personal name George, Greek Georgios, from an adjectival form, georgios ‘rustic’, or georgos ‘farmer’. This became established as a personal name in classical times through its association with the fashion for pastoral poetry. The first written reference to the name was in 1222 when Hugo Georgii was registered in the county of Norfolk, England. Henry George, aged 19 yrs., was one of the first settlers to the New World, being recorded in Virginia in 1635.
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