The Most Popular British Royal Baby Names Over The Past Two Centuries

George, From Farmer To King

King George VI and Duchess of York christening Princess Elizabeth in 1926.
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If your history teacher ever joked about how many King Georges you’d have to study, he or she had a point. Ever since King George I ruled the British throne in the eighteenth century, five subsequent British kings were given the same name.

This name comes from the Greek georgos, which means “farmer” or “earthworker.” It increased in esteem after the story of Saint George rose in the third century. He became a martyr under the Roman Emperor Diocletian, and later legends depicted him combating a dragon.