[ 3 syll. gre-go-ry, gr-eg-ory ] The baby boy name Gregory is pronounced as GREHG-eriy- †. Gregory is used predominantly in the English language and its origin is Old Greek. The name is from the late Roman nickname Gregorius (Latin) which is from Gregorios (Old Greek), itself from the element 'gregorein' (meaning watchful, vigilant). The name has been associated with Peter's command to followers in the Bible to 'be vigilant' of the return of Jesus. The name was thus popular with early Christians. It has been borne by at least sixteen popes, including the 6th century Gregory the Great, also known as Pope Saint Gregory I. Due to its Catholic associations, the name fell out of favor for a period following the Reformation. The name has been popular in Scotland as the form Gregor. The name Gregoria (Spanish) is the female version of Gregory.
The name Gregory is used to a great extent; it has 50 variants that are used in English and other languages. Variants used in English include Gergely, Gergo, Greagory, Greer, Gregary, Greger, Greggory, Gregoor, Gregor (used in German and Scottish too), Gregorey, Gregori, Gregorie, Gregorio (used in Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish too), Gregorius, Gregos, Gregroy, Gregry, Greguska, Greogry, Grégorie, Grioghar, Griorgair, Grygor, and Hryhoriy. The short forms Greg and Gregg, and the pet form Graig are other English variants.
Foreign variants of Gregory include Gergeli (Hungarian), Greagoir (Irish), Gregoire (French), Gregorios (Greek), Gregors (Latvian), Grégoire (French), Grégory (French), Grgur (Slavic), Gries (Scandinavian), Grigoi (Slavic), Grigor (Russian, Slavic, Ukrainian, and Welsh), Grigori (Russian and Slavic), Grigorii (Russian), Grigorije (Slavic), Grigorios (Greek), Griogair (Scottish), Grzegorz (Polish), Joris (Dutch and German), Kelekolio (Hawaiian), and Krikor (Armenian). Specific foreign variants include the pet forms Grisha (Russian), Grishka (Russian), and Jörn (German).
Gregory is a classic favorite. Today it is still fairly popular as a baby name for boys, though not to the extent it was previously. The name's popularity rose from the 1900s up to the 1960s. At the height of its usage in 1962, 1.044% of baby boys were given the name Gregory. Its ranking then was #21. The baby name has since experienced a substantial fall in popularity. In 2018, its usage was only 0.040% and its ranking #408, but it was nonetheless the most commonly used within all boy names in its group.
Baby names that sound like Gregory include Greggory, Gregorie, Greagoir, Greagory, Gregorey, Gregori, Greogry, Grigori, Grigorii, Grioghar, Griorgair, Gregorio, Graenger, Gregary, Greger, Gregoire, Gregoor, Gregor, Gregroy, and Gregry.
† Pronunciation for Gregory: G as in "grin (G.R.IH.N)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; ER as in "hurt (HH.ER.T)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"
Details of famous persons named Gregory:
Actor Gregory Peck, born Eldred Gregory Peck, 5 April 1916 - 12 June 2003, La Jolla, California.
Aviator Pappy Boyington, born Gregory Boyington, 4 December 1912 - 11 January 1988, Coeur D'Alene, Idaho.