Sunday, November 20, 2011

Same Name?!--George

George. It's one of those names where the consensus is split pretty evenly--some think it's purely boring, stodgy old-man, and some think it's stately & timeless. George caught on pretty early because of a dragon-slaying saint, first primarily in Eastern Christianity, and then spreading to the western world during the crusades. It even became moderately used for women for a while in the 1930s & 40s. 

Original Greek form: Georgios [Γεωργιος] (gee-OR-gee-ohs)

Modern forms:
  • Deorsa (JOR-sa)--Scottish
  • Đurađ (JOOR-ahj)--Croatian, Serbian. Also spelled Djuradj or Juraj.
  • Gevorg (gev-org or kev-ork)--Armenian. Also transliterated to Kevork.
  • Giorgio (JOR-joh)--Italian
  • Gorka (GOR-kah)--Basque
  • György (DYOOR-dyeh)--Hungarian
  • Jerzy (YEHR-zheh)--Polish
  • Jordi (JOR-dee)--Catalan
  • Jorgen (YOR-gen)--Scandinavian
  • Jorge (ZHOR-zheh)--Portuguese
  • Jorge (HOR-heh)--Spanish
  • Joris (YOR-is)--Dutch
  • Jory (JOH-ree)--Cornish
  • Seoirse (SHOR-sheh)--Irish
  • Seoras (SHOR-as)--Scottish
  • Siôr (SHOR)--Welsh
  • Xurxo (SHOOR-shah)--Galician
  • Yorick (YOR-ik)--English (via Jorgen)
  • Yuriy (YOO-ree)--Russian. Also spelled Yuri.

Feminine Forms:
  • Đurđica (joor-JEE-tsah)--Croatian
  • Georgeta (jor-JET-ah)--Romanian
  • Georgette (zhor-ZHET)--French
  • Georgia (JOR-jah)--English
  • Gergana (gehr-GAHN-ah)--Bulgarian
  • Jirina (YEE-ree-nah)--Czech