What does Gregory mean?
Gregory \g-rego-ry, gr(e)-gory\ as a boys' 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 for both adults and children (#284 out of 88799, 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)
Shown below is an analysis of the usage of Gregory and corresponding names. Gregorio, Gregor, Greggory, Gregg and Greg are the prominent variation forms of Gregory (#316 a year ago). Usage of this boy name reached its apex during the years 1960-1969 and has become significantly less since, with the versions Gregorio, Greggory, Gregg and Greg becoming less stylish. Gregory (#316) is the most chic name for newborns in this list. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)