What does Gregory mean?
Gregory [gre-go-ry] as a boys' name is pronounced GREG-er-ee. It is of Latin and Greek origin, and the meaning of Gregory is "watchful, vigilant". From Latin Gregorius via Greek Greg˘rios, derived from greg˘rein "to watch". In the Bible (1 Peter 5:8), Christians were reminded to "be sober, be 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. Actors Gregory Peck, Gregory Hines, Greg Wise, Greg Kinnear; cyclist Greg LeMond; musician Gregg Allman.
Gregory▼ has 27 variants: Goyo, Graig, Greagoir, Greer, Greg▼, Greger, Gregers, Gregg▼, Greggory, Gregoire, Gregoor, Gregor, Gregori, Gregorio, Gregorios, Gregorius, Gregoriy, Gregos, Greig, Grigor, Grigori, Grigorios, Grigory, Griogair, Grisha, Grygor and Grzegorz.Creative forms:
(male) Gregar, Gregod, ..
(female) Gregone, Gregote, .. Middle name pairings:
Gregory Onyx (G.O.), ..
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)
Gregory reached its top position of #23 in the U.S. during 1960-1969, and is presently at #346. (Top Baby Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Gregorio (#1974 a year ago), Greig, Gregor, Greggory, Greg, Gregg and Graig are the prominent variation forms of Gregory (#346 a year ago). Adoption of these relations of Gregory was common in the 1960s (adoption of 1.25%) and has become significantly diminished since (adoption 0.06%, ▼96%).
Similar NamesRecommended names are Diggory, Digory, Drewry, Geary, Gentry, Geofry, Georg, Georgy, Gerry▼, Gery, Greeley, Greely and Grey▲. These names tend to be less frequently used than Gregory.See names in meaning and etymology.