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Quick Facts on Gregory

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Greek, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 299
Simple meaning:
Watchful, vigilant

Characteristics of Gregory

  • Freedom-loving
  • Adventurous
  • Adaptable
  • Intellectual
  • Easygoing
  • Progressive
  • Sensual

Etymology & Historical Origin - Gregory

The name Gregory comes from the Greek Gregōrios, derived from the verb “gregōrien” meaning ‘watchful, vigilant’. In Latin, the name Gregorius has been in use for well over 1,500 years. The name was adopted by early Christians heedful of the Biblical passage located in 1 Peter 5:8, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” Like Benedictus (meaning ‘blessed’) and Boniface (meaning ‘good fate’), Gregorius has been a heavily used name among Roman Catholic popes (16 of them, in fact!). There were also many highly revered early saints named Gregorius which helped to popularize the name during the Middle Ages. Gregory of Nazianzus was a 4th century Archbishop of Constantinople in the early days of the Roman Empire’s institutionalization of Christianity. He is most notable for shaping the theology around the Holy Trinity as well as synthesizing Hellenistic culture and philosophy into Christianity. Also, Gregory the Great was a 6th century pope known as a Doctor of the Church and a prolific Church theologian, writer and reformer. Gregory was a name mainly introduced into England after the Norman Conquest of the 12th century; however, it existed in Scotland prior as Griogar, the Gaelic form of Gregorius. The Scottish clan MacGregor (son of Griogar) arguably dates back to the first king of Scotland and the ancient Picts. As such, the names Gregory or Gregor had been particularly popular in Scotland.

Popularity of the Name Gregory

The name Gregory has had an illustrious career as a little boy’s name in America. The name has been around since the U.S. government began tracking naming trends in 1880. However, it wasn’t until the 19-teens that the name Gregory really took hold and began his steady climb up the charts. The name’s heyday came during the 1950s and 1960s when it was a Top 30 choice for almost 25 straight years. Certainly this had something to do with Gregory Peck, the handsome and dashing film star whose career spanned from the 1940s through the 1960s. However, today the name Gregory is on a downward trend. In 1997, the name fell off the Top 100 list and quickly thereafter (2005) it fell off the Top 200. Gregory is thought of more as a mid-century name, perhaps a little outdated. Nonetheless, the name has a long, time-tested history and clear staying power. Even though the name dates back to ancient Greece, it still has a modern sensibility and a dignified resonance. The one-syllable pet form (Greg) is strong, masculine and confident. A solid, classic name, Gregory is no longer as common as it once was thereby making it a distinctive choice for today.
Popularity of the Boy Name Gregory
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Gregory

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Gregory

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Gregory

    Gregor Samsa (The Metamorphosis) Gregor is the main character of Franz Kafka’s 1915 novella, The Metamorphosis. The story begins with what is considered one of the greatest first lines in modern literature due to the impact it delivers: “As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a monstrous vermin [gigantic insect].” Gregor is a travelling salesman who previously had been the sole provider for his entire family, but this unexpected transformation sends everything into a downward spiral. One of the masterpieces of existentialism (like The Brothers Karamazov, As I Lay Dying and Invisible Man), The Metamorphosis explores the ideas of human existence, individuality and free will.

  • Popular Songs on Gregory

    Popular Songs on Gregory

    Gregory - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Gregory.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Gregory

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Gregory

    Greg's Microscope (Millicent E. Selsam) - Greg makes fascinating discoveries about things he finds at home when he looks at them through his new microscope. ‘An accurate and entertaining book for beginning independent readers’. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Gregory Griggs and Other Nursery Rhyme People (Arnold Lobel) - A collection of thirty-three nursery rhymes about lesser-known but colorful ladies and gentlemen. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Gregory's Shadow (Don Freeman) - Published posthumously by Freeman's estate, this story tells of a shy, unassuming little groundhog whose bravery is bolstered by his shadow. When the two are separated, both suffer. Ultimately, after a long search, they are reunited, and devise a plan so that they can be together, yet not disappoint the farmers who will interpret the appearance of the shadow to mean six more weeks of winter. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Gregory, the Terrible Eater (Mitchell Sharmat) - Gregory isn't like most goats. Instead of indulging in old shoes, boxes, and bottle caps, he prefers fruits, veggies, eggs, and fish. Disgusted, Mother Goat and Father Goat take him to see Dr. Ram, and when Gregory finally develops a taste for flat tires and broken violins, he's not just eating like a goat—he's eating like a pig! Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Little Gregory (Melissa A. Bradex) - Little Gregory tells the story of a brother and sister who were taken from their mother and placed in the foster care system. Based on a true story, it shares the siblings' experiences with foster homes and families. They discover how much they meant to each other despite being in different foster homes at times. Little Gregory shows how important foster parents are to children in need of them and how families extend further than biological connections. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Waiting for Gregory (Kimberly Willis Holt) - Iris is anxiously awaiting a cousin’s birth, but when she asks when it will happen, she receives some outlandish answers. Grandpa says the baby will come when the giant stork flies across the sky and drops him over your aunts house. Grandma says he will grow under a cabbage. Mr. Conner says he will come after the nine months it takes to build a ladder to the clouds and get him. Only Momma gives the little girl a bead on the truth. But it still takes a long time, and when Gregory does arrive, Iris must continue to wait to build a snowman with him. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Gregory

    Famous People Named Gregory

    Famous People Named Gregory - Gregory Peck (actor); Gregory Hines (actor/dancer); Greg Lemond (bicycle racer); Gregg Allman (musician); Gregor Mendel (scientist/father of genetics); Greg Maddux (baseball player); Greg Norman (golfer/entrepreneur)

  • Children of Famous People Named Gregory

    Children of Famous People Named Gregory

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Gregory - Don King (boxing promoter); Ernest Hemmingway (author); Ray Romano (comic/actor)

Personality of the Boy Name Gregory

The number Five personality loves the excitement of life and can easily adapt to all situations. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected and prefer to be in constant motion. It makes them feel alive. They'll stir up some action if there's not enough around, and as inherent risk-takers they enjoy pushing the envelope. Naturally rebellious, the Five personality has no fear and never resists change.  Traveling and new experiences feed their souls. Fives are very social and attract friends with ease. People love to be around the Five fun-loving and exciting energy.  This is also a lucky number in numerology (like the Threes), so fortune seems to shine on them, helped along by their own optimism and good-nature. Fives have a quick wit, a cerebral mind, and are generally very persuasive. 

Variations of the Baby Name - Gregory

  • No Variations Found.
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