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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.

Associated with: greek, bible, saints, great, wise.


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.

Gregory has 2 feminine forms: Greer and Gregoria.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Gregar, Gregod, ..

(female) Gregone, Gregote, ..

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

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 Baby Names, 2014)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gregory name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Gregory outside U.S.

Gregorio, Greig, Gregor, Greggory, Greg, Gregg and Graig are the prominent variation forms of Gregory (#316 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%, 95%).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gregory, Graig, Greg, Gregg, Greggory in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gregor, Gregorio, Greig in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Greg, Gregor outside U.S.

Similar Names


Recommended 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.