Gregory: Wikis


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Gender Male
Meaning Watchful, Alert
Region of origin worldwide
Origin Greek via Latin
Related names Greg, Gregg, Gregor, Grigori, MacGregor, McGregor
Popularity Popular names page

Gregory is a common masculine first name and family name. It is derived from the Latin name "Gregorius," which was from the late Greek name "Γρηγόριος" (Grēgorios) meaning "watchful" (derived from Greek "grēgorein" meaning "to watch").[1]

Through folk etymology, the name also became associated with Latin grex (stem greg–) meaning 'flock' or 'herd'. This association with a shepherd who diligently guides his flock contributed to the name's popularity among monks and popes.

There have been 16 popes with the name, starting with Pope Gregory I (Gregory the Great). It is the second-most popular name for pope, along with Benedict, after John. Because of this background, it is also a very common name for saints. Although the name was uncommon in the early 20th century, after the popularity of the actor Gregory Peck it became one of the ten most common male names in the 1950s and has remained popular since.


Name days

The Roman Catholic Church traditionally held the feast of Saint Gregory (the Great) on 12 March, but changed it to 3 September in 1969. 12 March remains the name day for Gregory in most countries.

The Orthodox Church holds the feast of Saint Gregory of Cappadocia (third century) on 17 November (Julian calendar, equivalent to 30 November in the Gregorian calendar).



Religious leaders



Indian (Malankara) Orthodox Church

Other people

For Gregory as surname, see Gregory (surname)

Fictional characters


Songs about Gregory


  1. ^ - Origin and Meaning of Gregory

1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

GREGORY (Gregorius), the name of sixteen popes and one anti-pope.

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Up to date as of January 15, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

See also Grégory




Via Latin Gregorius, form post-classical Ancient Greek Γρηγόριος (Grēgorios), watchful).

Proper noun




  1. A male given name.
  2. A patronymic surname.

Usage notes

Name of early saints, and of 16 popes. Used since Middle Ages; popular in the mid-twentieth century.

Related terms


  • 1598, William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 1: Act V, Scene III:
    Turk Gregory never did such deeds in arms as I have done this day.
  • 1990 Jonathan Kellerman, Time Bomb, page 163:
    The surname Graff was chosen because upscale consumers respect anything Teutonic - regard it as efficient, intelligent, and reliable. But only up to a point. A forename like Helmut or Wilhelm wouldn't have done. Too German. Too foreign. 'Gregory' scores high on the likability scale. All-American. Greg. He's one of the boys, with Teutonic ancestry.


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