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Geordie is a short form of the forename George. There are two main types of such shortenings: they are convenient for writing, e.g. in lists; or they are essentially spoken pet-names, and thus informal. (See Conventional abbreviations for forenames.)

Short form Long form Informal or written Other short forms Remarks
Geordie George informal Dod(die); written forms: Geo, Geo:

There is a list of similar names at Conventional abbreviations for forenames, as well as the category:short names

Note that any informal form may be spelled in different ways. Notably, any spelling listed that ends in '-ie' may be written with the ending '-y', and vice versa.
The familiar shortening of the name - geordie -has become the familiar term for someone from Tyneside - or speaking the accent of that area. There is no traceable reason why the pet-name should have become associated with the area.