St. George was named Patron Saint of England in the 14th century. The story of his 4th-century martyrdom in Palestine was brought back to Britain by Crusaders, and embellished with the legend of his fighting the devil in the form of a dragon.
However, the name was not enthusiastically adopted by English speakers until the ascendancy of King George I in the early 18th century.
George I's grandson, George III (known to Americans as the tyrant condemned in the Declaration of Independence), was loved and celebrated in the United Kingdom for his interest in agriculture. As if to emphasize the irony of a king whose name means ''farmer,'' he became known as ''The Farmer King.''
Use of the name in America owes a great deal to one of George III's opponents, George Washington.
Arts and Music
Georg Solti (born 1912, died 1997)
Hungarian-born English musician and conductor.
Won 22 Grammys for his recordings (see list of Conductors)
Georg Phillipp Telemann (born 1681, died 1767)
Composer of sacred music, operas and instrumental works (see list of Baroque Composers)
Science and Philosophy
Georg von Békésy (born 1899, died 1972)
Hungarian-American physiologist who explained the functioning of the inner ear.