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Quick Facts on Georgia

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, Greek, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 252
Simple meaning:
Farmer, earth worker

Characteristics of Georgia

  • Authoritative
  • Powerful
  • Tough
  • Tenacious
  • Wealthy
  • Problem-solver
  • Achiever

Etymology & Historical Origin - Georgia

Georgia is the Latinate feminine equivalent of George. The etymological origin of the name George comes from the Greek “geōrgos” which means ‘farmer’. The elements are derived from the Greek “gē” (earth) and “ergein” (to work). The name George was popularized among English speakers in the 14th century when St. George became the patron saint of England; although St. George dates back to the 4th century. He was a prominent Roman soldier and a Christian during the pagan days of the Empire. He received sainthood after being martyred – he was beheaded for his Christian faith. St. George is usually depicted killing a dragon (the devil) to rescue a beautiful lady (Christianity). Saint George’s legend was resuscitated during the Crusades (religious wars of the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries whereby Christians attempted to recapture the Holy Land); and he would shortly thereafter become the patron Saint of England and protector of the royal family. Adding extra currency to George were a total of six Kings of the United Kingdom bearing this name between the 18th and 20th centuries. The name is still extremely popular in England (ranked #9 in 2010) and also on the Top 100 list of most commonly used boy names in Scotland and Australia. The female Georgia is a particular favorite in Australia, but is also ranked high in England, Wales, Scotland and Canada. There are several female variations of George: Georgette (French), Jorja (Spanish), Georgina (also Latinate), as well as diminutives Georgie and Gina.

Popularity of the Name Georgia

Not surprisingly, Georgia was at the height of her popularity over 100 years ago around the turn of the 20th century. The name maintained a relatively high position on the charts all the way through the 1940s and then began to fall from favor fairly rapidly. Georgia experienced her lowest point of usage in the 1980s when she was bestowed upon less than 300 baby girls that year. In the last 20 years, since the 1990s, Georgia has managed to recapture almost 400 positions on the popularity charts. This is by no means a major comeback, but she is riding the current wave of renewed interest in old-fashioned names. We would also consider Georgia a place name (like Madison and Savannah) – and using place names as given names is still a rock-solid trend in the United States. Several famous people have chosen this name for their little girls in the past 20 years such as Harry Connick Jr., Mick Jagger and William Macy demonstrating their obvious good taste in female names. We absolutely love this name. It’s old school (having been derived from George), but it also has a sweet southern sensibility. It exudes that antique charm of old-fashioned names that are all the rage, but this one is neglected and underused in our humble opinion. It’s an all around peach of a name!
Popularity of the Girl Name Georgia
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Georgia

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Georgia

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Georgia

    Georgia We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Georgia.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Georgia

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Georgia

    G Is for Georgia (E. J. Sullivan) - An alphabet book focusing on the state of Georgia. Recommended for ages 2-5.

    Georgia O'Keeffe (Mike Venezia) - Clever illustrations and story lines, together with full-color reproductions of actual paintings, give children a light yet realistic overview of each artist's life and style in these fun and educational books. Recommended for ages 6-10.

    Georgia's Bones (Jen Bryant) - Growing up on a Wisconsin farm, Georgia began gathering all sorts of objects — sticks and stones, flowers and bones. Although she was teased for her interest in unique shapes and sizes, young Georgia declared: “Someday, I’m going to be an artist” — and that is exactly what she became. Jen Bryant’s story of Georgia O’Keeffe celebrates the famous artist’s fascination with natural shapes, “common objects,” and her unusual way of looking at the world. Bethanne Andersen’s fluid, graceful illustrations capture the beauty of O’Keeffe’s work and spirit. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Georgia's Greatness (Lauren Baratz-Logsted) - The Sisters Eight are back in a new adventure! This time, Georgia gets her chance to be the hero--if she doesn't completely mess things up! In the first two installments of the Sisters Eight, we met the sisters (octuplets) and their eight cats. We discovered Mommy and Daddy disappeared (or died) and that to find out what happened to them, each girl must discover her power and gift. Annie and Durinda both found theirs. We also learned that the girls' nosy neighbor The Wicket is very interested in what Mommy was working on before she disappeared (or died). In this, the third book, the plot thickens: Mrs. McGullicudy, the girls' teacher, is AWOL, and the substitute teacher is too beautiful to be believed (in your narrator's humble opinion.) Does her beautiful facade hide an evil soul? (These are books. Of course it does.) And Georgia makes a blunder that could keep the girls' from ever finding their parents. Are the Sisters Eight doomed to live alone forever? Recommended for ages 6-10.

    Georgia, the Guinea Pig Fairy (Daisy Meadows) - The Pet Fairies have one of the most important jobs in Fairyland! Along with their special pets, they make sure that all animals find safe homes with the right owners. But when Jack Frost steals the magical pets, Fairyland is in an uproar! Can Rachel and Kirsty help set things right? When Georgia the Guinea Pig Fairy's pet goes missing, this fairy is all aflutter. She has to get him back -- and fast! Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Good Night Georgia (Adam Gamble) - Many of North America’s most beloved regions are artfully celebrated in these board books designed to soothe children before bedtime while instilling an early appreciation for the continent’s natural and cultural wonders. Each book stars a multicultural group of people visiting the featured area’s attractions, and rhythmic language guides children through the passage of both a single day and the four seasons while saluting the iconic aspects of each place. Recommended for ages 2-4.

    My Name Is Georgia (Jeanette Winter) - From the time she was a young girl, Georgia O'Keeffe saw the world in her own way. At night she climbed a ladder to the starlit sky to await the sun. She walked in the hills at daybreak and in moonlight. She gathered bones and rocks, and brought them home to paint. And she always knew what was in her heart--to be an artist. Recommended for ages 6-10.

    Pieces of Georgia (Jen Bryant) - Like her mother, Georgia McCoy is an artist, but her dad looks away whenever he sees her with a sketchbook. Sometimes it’s hard to remember what it was like when her mother was still alive - when they were a family - when they were happy. But then a few days after her 13th birthday, Georgia receives an unexpected gift–a strange, formal letter, all typed up and signed anonymous–granting her free admission to the Brandywine River Museum for a whole year. And things begin to change. An accessible novel in poems, Pieces of Georgia offers an endearing protagonist–an aspiring artist, a grieving daughter, a struggling student, a genuine friend–and the poignant story of a broken family coming together. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Through Georgia's Eyes (Rachel Victoria Rodriguez) - A gorgeous, evocative biography of one of America’s most beloved artists. Georgia O’Keeffe saw the world differently from most people. As a child she roamed the prairie with a sketch pad in her hand, struggling to capture on paper what she saw all around her. At art school she learned to speak in paint on canvas. But Georgia felt confined by city life. She longed for vast expanses of space, and she found it in the red hills and silent deserts of New Mexico. Lyrical and vivid, this is a portrait of an exceptional artist, a woman whose eyes were open to the wideness and wonder of the world. Through Georgia's Eyes is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year. Recommended for ages 7-10.

  • Famous People Named Georgia

    Famous People Named Georgia

    Famous People Named Georgia - Georgia O'Keeffe (artist); Georgia of Clermont (5th century French nun and saint); Georgia Brown (English singer); Georgia Brown (Brazilian singer); Georgia Caine (actress); Georgia Carroll (singer); Georgia Cayvan (stage actress); Georgia Engel (actress); Georgia Frontiere (businesswoman); Georgia Frost (English model); Georgia Gibbs (jazz singer); Georgia Hale (silent era actress); Georgia Douglas Johnson (poet/Harlem Renaissance); Georgia Turner (folk singer); Jorja Fox (actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Georgia

    Children of Famous People Named Georgia

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Georgia - Harrison Ford (actor); Harry Connick, Jr. (singer); Jill Goodacre (model); Mick Jagger (musician); Jerry Hall (model); William H. Macy (actor); Felicity Huffman (actress)

  • Historic Figures

    Georgia - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Georgia O'Keeffe (15 Nov 1887 - 6 Mar 1986) - Georgia O’Keeffe knew from an early age that she wanted to be an artist. Born in Wisconsin at the end of the 19th century, she studied art in both Chicago and New York – however it was not until she met Arthur Dow, her art teacher in South Carolina, that she would find her own unique expression. A friend showed O’Keeffe’s works to a NY gallery owner, Alfred Stieglitz, who quickly saw the brave, vibrant energy of her art (he would also later become Georgia’s husband and fruitful collaborator). Through Stieglitz’s gallery, O’Keeffe developed a respectable following. By the 1920s, Georgia O’Keeffe was producing some of her finest work and establishing herself as an important American modern artist (at a time when women artists had little to no recognition). When one thinks of Georgia O’Keeffe’s painting, one thinks of brilliant, sensual flower still-lifes under a magnifying lens. When her husband died in 1946, O’Keeffe would move permanently to Taos, New Mexico where she filled canvases with its dramatically unique landscapes made more compelling under the artistic eye of O’Keeffe (clouds, cultural objects, animal bones, adobe structures) – which is how she is so strongly associated with the American Southwest. Georgia O’Keeffe still stands out as one of the greatest and most influential modern American artists.

Personality of the Girl Name Georgia

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Variations of the Baby Name - Georgia

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