George

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George has been a commoner name in Britain in the past than it is today. It has various abbreviations.

There have been six separate King Georges in the UK. See the separate article.

One - George III - was known disparagingly as 'Farmer George', on account of his taste for agriculture as much as for his his homely and economic life-style. This may reflect the widespread knowledge of classical literature in the period, as it echoes the title of Virgil's Georgics. Given the etymology of the name (from georgos, 'a farmer'), the expression is otiose: pedants might read it as 'Farmer farmer'.

The patron saint of England is Saint George, whose flag is the red cross on a white ground often sported at football matches and similar occasions.

A minting of the mediaeval coin the noble which had a figure of St George killing the dragon was known as the George-noble, or simply as 'a george'. For more, see Noble (coin).

Boy George, born George Alan O'Dowd in 1961, is a famously androgynous pop singer.