Gregory Gender Male Origin Word/Name Greek via Latin Meaning watchful, alert Region of origin worldwide Other names Related names Greg, Gregg, Gregor, Gray, Grigori, Ory, Ari, George, Craig, Graig, McGregor, MacGregor Gregory is a masculine first name. It is derived from the Latin name "Gregorius", which was from the late Greek name "Γρηγόριος" (Grēgorios) meaning "watchful, alert" (derived from Greek "γρηγoρεῖν" "grēgorein" meaning "to watch").
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, 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 [edit ]
The Roman Catholic Church traditionally held the feast of
Saint Gregory (the Great) on March 12, but changed it to September 3 in 1969. March 12 remains the name day for Gregory in most countries. Forms in different languages [edit ] Albanian: Grigor Arabic: Jurayj (جريج) Grēgōrī (جريجوري) Armenian: Գրիգոր ( Western Armenian: Krikor; Eastern Armenian: Grigor) Belarusian: Рыгор (Ryhor), Грэгары (Hrehary) Bengali: গ্রেগরি ( Grēgari) Bulgarian: Григор (Grigor) Catalan: Gregori Chinese: 格里高列 (Géléi gē lǐ), 格雷戈里 (Géléi gē lǐ) Croatian: Grgur, Grga or Grgo Czech: Řehoř Danish: Gregers English: Gregory, also Gregg, Greg Faroese: Grækaris Finnish: Reijo French: Grégory or Grégoire Georgian: გრიგოლი (Grigoli, Grigori) German: Gregor Greek: Γρηγόριος ( Grigorios, Gri̱górios, Gregorios), Γρηγόρης ( Grigoris, Gregoris) Gujarati: ગ્રેગરી (Grēgarī) Hebrew: גרגורי Hindi: ग्रेगोरी ( Grēgōrī) Hungarian: Gergely, Gergő or Gerő Icelandic: Gregor Indonesian: Gregorius Irish: Gréagóir Italian: Gregorio Japanese: Guregori (グレゴリー) Kannada: ಗ್ರೆಗೊರಿ, Gregori Korean: 그레고리, Geulegoli Latin: Gregorius Lithuanian: Grigalius, Grigas or Gregoras, Gregorijus Macedonian: Григориј, Grigorij Marathi: ग्रेगोरी (Grēgōrī) Mongolian: Грегори, Gryegori Nepali: ग्रेगरी, Grēgarī Norwegian: Greger or Gregers Persian: گرگوری Polish: Grzegorz Portuguese: Gregório Romanian: Grigore or Gligor Russian: Григорий (Grigorij), Гришa (Griša), Грегори (Gregori) or Гришка (Grishka) Scottish: Gregor (as back-formation from ) MacGregor Serbian: Григорије (Grigoriye), Глигорије (Gligoriye), Грегори (Gregori), or Гргур (Grgur) Slovak: Gregor Slovene: or Grega Gregor Spanish: Gregorio Swedish: Greger Tamil: கிரிகோரி, Kirikōri Telugu: గ్రెగొరీ, Gregorī Thai: เกรกอรี or เกรกกอรี (Ke rk xrī̀) Ukrainian: (Hryhir), Григір Григорій (Hryhoriy), Грегорі (Hrehori) Гриць(ко) (Hryts(ko)) Urdu: گریگوری Welsh: Grigor Yiddish: גרעגאָרי, Grʻgʼáry People [edit ] Religious leaders [edit ] Popes [edit ] Patriarchs [edit ] Indian (Malankara) Orthodox Church [edit ] Other people [edit ] Greg Dulli, American musician, founding member of The Afghan Whigs, The Twilight Singers, and The Gutter Twins (b. 1965) Greg Camarillo, American football player ( Minnesota Vikings) (b. 1982) Greg Davies, Welsh comedian and actor (b. 1968) Greg Dobbs, baseball player Greg Fidelman, American music engineer, producer and mixer (1977) Greg Lake, British musician, singer and guitarist. Founding member of King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer Greg Lemond, American professional road bicycle racer (b. 1961) Greg Meffert, New Orleans technology chief Greg Norman, Australian golfer and entrepreneur Greg Luzinski, American baseball player Greg Maddux, American baseball player Greg Potter, American comic book writer Greg Rusedski, Canadian-English tennis player Gregg Allman, American musician (b. 1947) Gregg Araki, American film director Gregor Mendel, scientist, father of genetics (1822–1884) Gregor Mackintosh, lead guitarist and main composer of English doom metal band Paradise Lost Gregor Schlierenzauer, Austrian ski jumper (b. 1990) Greg Stekelman, English novelist Greg Tribbett, guitarist of American alternative metal band Mudvayne Gregório de Mattos, Brazilian poet (1636–1696) Gregory S. Baer, American lecturer and physician Gregory of Tours, Gallo-Roman historian Gregory of Narek, Armenian monk, poet, philosopher, and theologian Gregory of Benevento, Italian duke Gregory I, Duke of Naples (739 - 755) Gregory II, Duke of Naples (767 - 794) Gregory III, Duke of Naples (864 – 870) Gregory IV, Duke of Naples (898 – 915) Gregory of Nin, Christian bishop and reformer Gregory Asbestas, 9th-century archbishop of Syracuse Gregory Berrios, Puerto Rican Volleyball Player (b. 1979) Gregory Chamitoff, American astronaut (b. 1962) Gregory Charles, Canadian musician and singer (b. 1968) Gregory Helms, American professional wrestler (b. 1974) Gregory Henriquez, Canadian architect (b. 1963) Gregory Peck, American actor (1916–2003) Grégory Lemarchal, French singer (1983–2007) Gregory Smith (b. 1986), American professional wrestler better known as Gregory Iron Fictional characters [edit ] Gregory Arkadin, mysterious protagonist of the Orson Welles film , a.k.a. Mr. Arkadin Confidential Report Inquisitor Gregor Eisenhorn, the title character in the novel series Eisenhorn, by Dan Abnett Gregory Goyle, in the series Harry Potter Gregory Herd, a fictional character appearing in Marvel Comics stories Gregory House, the main character of House Gregor Samsa, main character of Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis Gregor Clegane, in George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire Greg Sanders, a forensic detective in the show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Gregor Vorbarra, the Emperor of the Barrayaran Imperium in Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga Gregory Magnus, father of Helen Magnus in the TV series Sanctuary Gregory of Yardale, in South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut Gregorius Nekschot, a pseudonym of an anonymous and prosecuted Dutch cartoonist Gregor, the protagonist of The Underland Chronicles Gregory, Jean Girard's husband in the movie Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby Gregory, a servant of Lord Capulet in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Sargent Gregorius, in Dan Simmons's novels and Endymion The Rise of Endymion Gregory, a cricket in the manga and anime series Dragon Ball Gregory, a young red dragon in Terry Goodkind's novel series The Sword of Truth Reverend Gregorius, the antagonist in Hjalmar Söderberg's novel Doctor Glas Reverend Gregory, a character from Mona the Vampire Old Gregg, in the television show The Mighty Boosh Gregor Malenkov, a Russian monk in the Power of Five book Necropolis Gregor, a beetle shaped demon, one of Lord Losses familiars in The Demonata, appears in Book 3, Slawter Greg Brady, the eldest son on the iconic TV show, "The Brady Bunch", which ran from 1969-1974 Gregory, a character created by American cartoonist Marc Hempel Detective Inspector Greg Lestrade, a character played by Rupert Graves in the BBC's Sherlock (TV series) Grishka, the main protagonist in René Guillot's award-winning [1 ] Grishka and the Bear Greg Heffley, of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney Gregory Edgeworth, the playable character in third case of Capcom game and the victim of DL-6 Incident in Gyakuten Kenji 2 Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Gregory Anton, played by Charles Boyer in Gaslight (1944 film) Gregory Veall, all round handsome mega babe. References [edit ] ^ Prix Enfance du Monde, 1958