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Farmer, earth worker
Etymology & Historical Origin - Jorge
Jorge is the Spanish and Portuguese version of the English name George. The etymological origin of Jorge comes from the Greek “geōrgos” which means ‘farmer’. The elements are derived from the Greek “gē” (earth) and “ergein” (to work). St. George (or Jorge in Spanish) was a prominent military soldier in the Roman army under the pagan Emperor Diocletian during antiquity. He refused to denounce his Christian faith and was thus beheaded and martyred. He is usually depicted killing a dragon (the devil) to rescue a beautiful lady (Christianity). Saint George’s legend was resuscitated during the Middle Ages and widely adopted as a given name by Spanish and Portuguese-speaking peoples as Jorge. The influence of the English monarchs named George and the co-mingling of Spanish/English royalty to form alliances also helped popularized the name within Spain and Portugal. Based on 2009 data, Jorge was ranked the #17 most popular boy’s name in Spain. It is also a popular choice among South American nations and ranks on the Top 100 in Mexico.
Popularity of the Name Jorge
The historic popularity of Jorge as a male given name in America has clearly been driven by the steadily growing Latino/Hispanic population. The name first entered the U.S. popularity charts in 1927 and advanced up the list slowly but surely. The high point of the name’s popularity came mainly in the 1990s. At the turn of this century, the name Jorge is slipping back down the charts having never achieved a Top 100 ranking on the list of most commonly used boys’ names in the United States. Jorge, like its English counterpart George, is a name of endurance and stamina – the appeal is universal. As such, we don’t expect these names to venture too far down the charts before settling at a respectable ranking. While Jorge is not as popular as some other distinctly Spanish male names in America (like Jose, Angel, Xavier, Juan, Luis, Diego, Jesús or Carlos) it is nonetheless a heavily used name within the Spanish-speaking population specifically. Not surprisingly, Jorge has achieved a spot on the Top 100 list of most popular boys’ names in the states of California and Texas where there is a strong concentration of Latinos/Hispanics.
Popularity of the Boy Name Jorge
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Jorge
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Jorge
Jorge We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Jorge.
Popular Songs on Jorge
Jorge - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Jorge.
Children's Books on the Baby Name Jorge
Jorge el Curioso (H. A. Rey) - A Spanish translation of the original Curious George story. Part of a series. Recommended for ages 3-7.
Jorge Luis Borges: Cuando Los Grandes Eran Pequenos (Georgina Lazaro) - No review available. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Jorge y Marta (James Marshall) - This Spanish edition of George and Martha will entertain readers of all ages in these funny, warm, and wonderful stories. The two lovable hippos teach the meaning of friendship in five separate vignettes. Recommended for ages 4-8.
My Name Is Jorge: On Both Sides of the River (Jane Medina) - A collection of 27 insightful poems that illuminate the migrant experience from the point of view of a grade school child from Mexico. Jorge doesn't want to be called George. He thinks the name sounds strange. "What an ugly sound!/Like a sneeze!" His struggles to fit in result in a friendship with a boy named Tim; a tentative coming to terms with American society; and some degree of sadness when, upon his grandmother's death, his family must cross the river again. The poems, and the accurate English translations, are well laid out on the page and neatly complemented by primitive-looking scratchboard illustrations. Recommended for ages 9-12.
Famous People Named Jorge
Famous People Named Jorge - Jorge Ben Jor (Brazilian musician); Jorge Luis Borges (Argentinean author); Jorge Cantú (baseball player); Jorge de la Rosa (baseball player); Jorge Garcia (comic/actor); Jorge Julio (baseball player); Jorge Posada (baseball player); Jorge Sampaio (former President of Portugal)
Children of Famous People Named Jorge
Famous People who Named their Son Jorge - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Jorge.
Jorge - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Jorge - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Jorge.
Personality of the Boy Name Jorge
The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged. They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.
Variations of the Baby Name - Jorge