Quick Answer: Why Are They Called Geordies?

How did Geordies get their name?

From that time Londoners began call the colliers “Geordies”.

North East miners used Geordie safety lamps, designed by George Stephenson, instead of Davy lamps which were used in other mining communities.

The name originated during theJacobite Rebellion of 1745.

Hence the name Geordie used as a derivation of George..

What does the name Geordie mean?

Geordie is a variant of the name George and means ‘farmer’. It is also the regional nickname for people from the city of Newcastle Upon Tyne and the surrounding communities and their dialect.

Are Geordies Vikings?

It must be true, the Geordies are modern day Vikings and their unique dialect reflects the rough, uncouth tongue of those not-the-least-bit-boring raiders and settlers of eastern England. … Tyneside sits at the centre of the historical rump of the kingdom of Northumbria that survived the Viking invasions.

Why do Geordies hate mackems?

‘Geordie’ because of Tyneside’s staunch support of the Hanoverian King George II during the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion – ‘Geordie’ is a common diminutive of ‘George’; and Mackem because of Wearside’s accommodation of the Scottish ‘Blue Mac’ army during the civil war.

What does mackem mean?

make themAs a Sunderland dialect word in its own right ‘Mackem’ can be literally translated to mean ‘make them’ (or mack ’em for short) and although it almost certainly relates to shipbuilding – the industry for which Sunderland was primarily known – it does not fully explain why it is used for a Wearsider.

Do the English have Viking blood?

And most of us are familiar with the idea that the English are descended from Anglo-Saxons, who invaded eastern England after the Romans left, while most of the people in the rest of the British Isles derive from indigenous Celtic ancestors with a sprinkling of Viking blood around the fringes.

Are the English descendants of Vikings?

Almost one million Britons alive today are of Viking descent, which means one in 33 men can claim to be direct descendants of the Vikings. Around 930,000 descendents of warrior race exist today – despite the Norse warriors’ British rule ending more than 900 years ago.

Are Geordies friendly?

Meeting & Greeting People. The Geordies are super friendly. Please do not be surprised if a stranger starts talking to you in a shop, at a bus stop, or if you are next to them in a queue. A general greeting to a stranger, or shop worker is to use ‘hello’ or ‘hi’.

Why do Geordies say man?

Pronounced How-way, this is a word with quite a few meanings. Basically, it means “come on” as in “Howay, let’s gan noo” (Come on, let’s go now.) If you stick “man” on the end however, it becomes more of an expression of irritation.

Why do Geordies say why aye man?

Geordie saying: wey aye, man! Usage: anytime you want to agree with someone without resorting to a boring “yes”.

Is Geordie a boy or girl name?

Geordie as a boy’s name is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Geordie is “farmer”.

Why do Geordies say Toon?

So why is Newcastle called the Toon? Toon is due to the Geordie pronunciation of the word “Town”. It is actually the “Town army” pronounced in the Geordie way as the “Toon Army”, and the media has subsequently labelled the NUFC supporters as the Toon Army.

What are Geordies known for?

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Why do Geordies say we instead of us?

It’s just an old English way of speaking. Many people say “us” but if they are writing will use the word “me”. I was born in Sunderland and I use it some times, depends who I am talking to. “us” meaning you and me sounds like “uss”.

How do Geordies say hello?

So, let’s start with “alreet”. This chirpy little word can be used to greet your new Geordie friends, or to ask someone if they are OK, for example: “Are ya [you] alreet?”, to which you should receive a response “aye” (yes), or “na” (no). Now on to the art of conversation.

Who is the most famous Geordie?

Famous Geordies!Anne Reid.Rowan Atkinson.Alun Armstrong and his son.Tim Healey.Neil tenant ( Pet Shop Boys)Lee Hall ( writer of ‘Billy Elliot’Ant and Dec.Perhaps the most famous Christmas angel : ‘Clarence Odbody AS2’ ( angel second class)! Henry Travers played the role in the film, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’. He was born in Prudhoe.