What does Gregory mean?
From Latin Gregorius via Greek Greg˘rios, derived from greg˘rein "to watch". The first of the 16 popes and 10 saints with the name was called Gregory the Great. He founded monasteries, reorganized papal administration and fostered the development of the Gregorian chants. Actors Gregory Peck, Gregory Hines, Greg Wise, Greg Kinnear; cyclist Greg LeMond; musician Gregg Allman.
How popular is Gregory?
Gregory is a very popular first name for males (#37 out of 1220, Top 3%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#312 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the baby name popularity of Gregory for boys. Gregory reached its top position of #23 in the U.S. during 1960-1969, and is presently at #316. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Gregorio, Gregor, Greggory, Gregg and Greg are the prominent variation forms of Gregory (#316 a year ago). Usage of these boy names reached its apex during 1960-1969 (usage of 0.5328%) and has become significantly less since (usage 0.114%, down 78.6%), with the versions Greg, Gregg, Greggory and Gregorio becoming less stylish. Gregory (#316) is the most chic name for newborns in this list. Shown below is an analysis of the usage of Gregory and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)