In this section we intend to help you get a better insight into the language, accent and character of the Geordie people.
The Geordie nickname originates from and is used to describe people from the north east of England, specifically people from the areas of North And South Tyneside, Northumberland (which includes Tynedale and Hexham) and the mainly western areas of County Durham.
The terms Geordie or Geordie’s “probably” originated from the fact that the miners in the north east coalfields used George Stephenson’s safety lamps to prevent underground explosions, rather than the Davey lamp which was more commonplace.
If that’s true then maybe Geordies have George Stephenson to thank for not having the nickname “Davies”.
The term Geordie also used to cover many of the people living in the North East England areas of Sunderland, Middlesbrough & East Durham, however, this seems to have been usurped by a vociferous minority of people (mainly football supporters) in these areas, who seem to prefer that people living in their area should be recognised as Mackems or Smoggies.
In reality the origin of the term Geordie is a bit of a moot point because wherever the collective term for the north east people originated, what can not be disputed is that true Geordies are very proud of the nickname no matter where they live.
Click the picture below to watch an amazing insight into the Geordie psyche.. narrated by Scott Dobson