|Meaning:||watcher, vigilant, watchman, alert, watchful|
|Related Names:||Greg, Greger, Gregg, Greggory, Gregoire, Gregoor, Gregor, Gregori, Gregorio, Gregorius, Gregos, Grigor, Grigori, Grigorios, Grygor, Grzegorz|
ORIGIN AND HISTORY
The name Gregory derives from the Greek “Gregorios” meaning “vigilant” or “a watchman,” which stems from “egeirein” meaning “to awaken.” The Greeks passed the name to the Latins, which was used in the form “Gregorius.” Anglo Normans introduced the name to Ireland. Gaelic forms of Gregory are “Greagoir” and “Grioghar,” while “Grigor” is the Welsh form.
In the 1st century, Gregory the Great was the first Pope to bear the name. He is the patron saint of singers and students. The name has also belonged to a multitude of other Popes and Saints.
In Jewish mythology, the grigori are a superior order of angels who are taller than giants and remain eternally silent.
According to the 1990 United States Census, Gregory ranked as the 37th most popular male first name, the 3,270th most popular female first name and the 284th most popular last name. In the United States, the name ranked in the Top 1,000 most popular boys' names every decade since 1880.
United States Popularity of the boy's name Gregory in the 21st Century.
- Year: 2006 Rank:208th
- Year: 2005 Rank:203rd
- Year: 2004 Rank:194th
- Year: 2003 Rank:186th
- Year: 2002 Rank:167th
- Year: 2001 Rank:157th
- Year: 2000 Rank:141st
- January 30th is celebrated in the Ukraine in honor of the name Gregory.
- June 18th is celebrated by the Catholic Church in honor of St. Gregory Barbarigo.
- September 3rd is celebrated by the Catholic Church in honor of St. Gregory the Great (Pope).
- September 30th is celebrated by the Catholic Church in honor of St. Gregory the Enlightener.
- November 17th is celebrated by the Catholic Church in honor of St. Gregory Thaumaturgus.
- December 10th is celebrated by the Catholic Church in honor of St. Gregory III (Pope).
- The “Gregorian calendar,” which is now the most widely used calendar, was introduced by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582.
- "Gregory House" is the fictional main character in the television show House, M.D..
- "Gregor Samsa” is the main character of the novella “The Metamorphosis” by Franz Kafka.
- Gregory Peck – Television and film actor who won an Academy Award (Oscar) for “Best Actor in a Leading Role “ for his work in the 1962 movie To Kill a Mockingbird. He was also nominated for four other Oscars and won the “Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award” in 1968, which was awarded by the Academy.
- Greg Kinnear – Television and movie actor who was nominated for an Academy Award (Oscar) for “Best Actor in a Supporting Role” for his work in the 1997 movie As Good as It Gets.
- Gregory James "Greg" LeMond – American cyclist who won the “Tour de France” three times (1986, 1989 and 1990).
- Gregory Lenoir Allman – Guitarist, singer, songwriter and founding member of “The Allman Brothers Band,” which was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.
- Gregory Hines – Movie and television actor who was nominated for four primetime Emmy Awards and won one daytime Emmy Award, in addition to being nominated for two other daytime Emmy Awards.
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Author: Rich Kachold
|Meaning||watcher, vigilant, watchman, alert, watchful +|
|Meaningnc||watcher, vigilant, watchman, alert, watchful +|
|Origin||Latin +, and Greek +|
|Pronunciation||GREG-er-ee, GREG-or-ee +|
|Rank in 2000s||183 +|
|Related||Greg +, Greger +, Gregg +, Greggory +, Gregoire +, Gregoor +, Gregor +, Gregori +, Gregorio +, Gregorius +, Gregos +, Grigor +, Grigori +, Grigorios +, Grygor +, and Grzegorz +|