Meaning and name origin
Gregory \g-rego-ry, gr(e)-gory\ as a boy's name is pronounced GREG-er-ee. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Gregory is "watchful, vigilant". 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. Gregor is a Scottish and German variant; Gregori is Russian; Grigor is Welsh and Russian. Actors Gregory Peck, Gregory Hines, Greg Wise, Greg Kinnear; cyclist Greg LeMond; musician Gregg Allman.
Gregory is a very popular first name for males (#37 out of 1220, Top 3%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#284 out of 88799, Top 1%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Gregory for boys. Gregory reached its highest rank of #23 in the U.S. in 1960-1969. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Gregory and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Gregory (#316), Gregorio, Gregor, Greggory, Gregg and Greg. (2014 statistics).