By George! Northumberland revealed as most patriotic county

The data has been released to coincide with St George's Day. Picture by Neil Cross
The data has been released to coincide with St George's Day. Picture by Neil Cross

Data released today has revealed Northumberland as the most patriotic county in England – due to the percentage of the population called George.

To mark St George’s Day, data has shown the most and least patriotic parts of the country based on the percentage of people that share the name of our patron saint.

Top of the table for having the most residents with the name George is Northumberland, which is crowned England’s most patriotic area with 0.57 per cent of all residents (1,784) called George. At the bottom of the pile are Bedfordshire, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire, where just 0.18 per cent of residents share the name George.

Overall, the North was found to be more patriotic than the South with the top 10 counties based in this region and the top three all hailing from the North East.

The data has been released ahead of the annual St George’s Day Charity Festival in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, where event organisers are hoping to break an official Guinness World Record for the largest same name gathering of people called George.

The organisers need to attract more than 1,096 Georges to the festival parade on Saturday to beat the 10-year-old record set in Dubai for people called Mohammed. Sunderland-born TV architect and presenter, George Clarke, is backing the campaign, as is reality TV star George Gilbey.

All money proceeds from the St George’s Day Charity Festival, which has raised more than £85,000 over the past six years, will be donated to the 2015 beneficiaries – ABF, The Soldiers’ Charity, Trinity Hospice and The Boathouse Youth. To find out more about the festival, visit