George: Rate This Baby Name!

Amy Keyishian

Baby George William Fitzgerald-O'Connor
Even if you’re not a Yankee fan (*koff*METS*koff*), you’ve got to admit -- the passing of George Steinbrenner signals the end of an era. Besides, love ‘em or hate ‘em, he’s the one who turned the franchise around and got people excited about baseball again. Anyway, he’s all over the airwaves, which got me a-thinking:

How do we like the name George?

It’s such an old-school moniker! I don’t think I’ve ever met a single little boy named George -- though I have met little girls named Georgia, shortened to Georgie, which makes me wiggle with joy, it’s so dang cute!

Surprisingly, though, it’s pretty popular: According to the Social Security Administration, it’s #163 in popularity this past year, though it’s been making a slow, steady decline since it was last in the top 10 -- in 1936! For girls, Georgia ranked #337 last year, and it’s stayed in the 200s to 300s for the last 10 years. Georgette? Not even on the map.

The name George is not ranked on CafeMom, though there are 617 CafeMoms with little Georges running around. 

Of course, there’s Mr. Clooney to think of -- but he might fall into the category of Humphrey Bogart and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Just because it fits that guy -- that doesn’t mean it’ll make the transition to everyday life. There are also the former president(s): two Bushes and a Washington, if you like that sort of thing. And there’s that darn monkey, Curious George!

The meaning of George comes from the Greeks and means “farmer” or “earth-worker.” St. George, of course, destroyed the dragon, and there were five King Georges in England (though they didn’t always fare so well).

The more I think about it, the more I like George: classic, cute, poised for a comeback. Like Charley. What do you think? Tell us in the comments!

Image via ben.fitzgerald/Flickr

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