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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Gray
Senses
  1. any color of neutral hue between white and black; white mixed with black, as the color of pepper and salt, or of ashes, or of hair whitened by age; sometimes, a dark mixed color; as, the soft gray eye of a dove."These gray and dun colors may be also produced by mixing whites and blacks." [Sir I. Newton.]
  2. Gray-haired; gray-headed; of a gray color; hoary.
  3. Old; mature; as, gray experience. Ames.
  4. gloomy; dismal.

Etymology: OE. gray, grey, AS. grǣg grēg; akin to D. graauw, OHG. grāo, G. grau, Dan. graa, Sw. grå, Icel. grār

noun Gray
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  1. A gray color; any mixture of white and black; also, a neutral or whitish tint.
  2. An animal or thing of gray color, as a horse, a badger, or a kind of salmon."Woe worth the chase, woe worth the day. That coats thy life, my gallant gray." [Sir W. Scott.]
  3. [U. S. History] the Confederate army or a soldier in the confederate army; as, a battle between the blue and the gray .
noun Gray
the SI unit of absorbed dosage of ionizing radiation, equal to an absorbed energy of 1 joule per kilogram of irradiated material; -- abbreviated Gy. This unit is 100 times the commonly used unit, the rad.

Etymology: named after Louis Harold Gray, English radiobiologist

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Horse of a light gray or whitish color
  2. Clothing that is a grey color
  3. A neutral achromatic color midway between white and black
  4. Any organization or party whose uniforms or badges are grey
  5. United States botanist who specialized in North American flora and who was an early supporter of Darwin's theories of evolution (1810-1888)
  6. American navigator who twice circumnavigated the globe and who discovered the Columbia River (1755-1806)
  7. English poet best known for his elegy written in a country churchyard (1716-1771)
  8. English radiobiologist in whose honor the gray (the SI unit of energy for the absorbed dose of radiation) was named (1905-1965)
  9. The SI unit of energy absorbed from ionizing radiation; equal to the absorption of one joule of radiation energy by one kilogram of matter; one gray equals 100 rad
  10. Turn grey
  11. Make grey
  12. Of an achromatic color of any lightness intermediate between the extremes of white and black ("gray flannel suit")
  13. Intermediate in character or position
  14. Used to signify the Confederate forces in the American Civil War (who wore grey uniforms)
  15. Showing characteristics of age, especially having grey or white hair
Wiktionary
  1. A surname​; originally a nickname for someone with a gray beard or hair.
  2. A male given name.

Notable Persons Named Gray

Gray was born on May 9th, 1979 in Phoenix, Arizona. Gray is also known as Lay Praynard.

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Gray Davis is a Governor of California, Lieutenant Governor of California, California State Controller, Chief of Staff to the Governor of California, and Chief of Staffto theGovernor of California. His military service ended in 1969. Gray was given the name Joseph Graham Davis, Jr. on December 26th, 1942 in The Bronx.

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GRAY is a hip hop music musician. They were most active from 2012 to present. GRAY was given the name Lee Seong Hwa on December 8th, 1986.

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Gray was born on February 10th, 1998 in Colonial Heights, Virginia.

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Gray was born in 1925. He passed away in 1984.

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Gray O'Brien is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1993 to present. Gray was born on August 11th, 1968 in Glasgow.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Gray

Lorna Gray is an actress. Her career lasted from 1937 to 1951. Lorna was given the name Virginia Pound on July 26th, 1917 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States.

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Vivean Gray is an actress. Vivean was given the name Jean Vivra Gray. on July 20th, 1924 in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, England.

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F. Gary Gray is a film director, film producer, music video director, and actor. He was most active from 1989 to present. F. was given the name Felix Gary Gray on July 17th, 1969 in New York City. F. is also known as Gary Gray.

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Macy Gray is a contemporary r&b, soul music, and pop music musician. She has been prominent since 1988. Macy was given the name Natalie Renee McIntyre on September 6th, 1967 in Canton, Ohio.

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Andre Gray is a soccer player for the Burnley F.C., Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C., Shrewsbury Town F.C., A.F.C. Telford United, Hinckley United F.C., Luton Town F.C., Brentford F.C., and England national football C team. Andre was born on June 26th, 1991 in Wolverhampton, England.

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Bryshere was given the name Bryshere Yashawn Gray on November 28th, 1993.

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How popular is the baby name Gray in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1885 5 0 5
1887 5 0 5
1889 7 0 7
1895 5 0 5
1897 5 0 5
1899 5 0 5
1900 10 0 10
1901 6 0 6
1903 6 0 6
1906 5 0 5
1908 6 0 6
1909 5 0 5
1911 7 0 7
1912 19 5 14
1913 12 6 6
1914 12 0 12
1915 29 0 29
1916 13 0 13
1917 17 0 17
1918 17 0 17
1919 32 7 25
1920 33 0 33
1921 22 5 17
1922 20 0 20
1923 18 0 18
1924 22 0 22
1925 22 0 22
1926 18 0 18
1927 17 0 17
1928 14 0 14
1929 14 0 14
1930 16 0 16
1931 13 0 13
1932 15 0 15
1933 13 0 13
1934 19 0 19
1935 23 5 18
1936 13 0 13
1937 20 0 20
1938 15 0 15
1939 16 0 16
1940 11 0 11
1941 27 0 27
1942 24 0 24
1943 14 0 14
1944 26 5 21
1945 17 0 17
1946 25 0 25
1947 35 0 35
1948 23 0 23
1949 32 0 32
1950 32 5 27
1951 24 0 24
1952 32 0 32
1953 28 0 28
1954 36 6 30
1955 41 0 41
1956 39 0 39
1957 33 0 33
1958 41 0 41
1959 37 0 37
1960 34 0 34
1961 26 0 26
1962 49 0 49
1963 38 0 38
1964 30 0 30
1965 26 0 26
1966 27 0 27
1967 20 0 20
1968 28 0 28
1969 28 0 28
1970 27 0 27
1971 21 0 21
1972 23 0 23
1973 28 0 28
1974 19 0 19
1975 22 0 22
1976 9 0 9
1977 18 0 18
1978 20 0 20
1979 16 0 16
1980 17 0 17
1981 18 0 18
1982 18 0 18
1983 15 0 15
1984 29 0 29
1985 26 0 26
1986 21 0 21
1987 42 5 37
1988 28 0 28
1989 49 0 49
1990 30 0 30
1991 22 0 22
1992 29 0 29
1993 54 0 54
1994 64 7 57
1995 52 0 52
1996 61 5 56
1997 42 0 42
1998 38 0 38
1999 53 0 53
2000 39 0 39
2001 57 6 51
2002 46 0 46
2003 57 0 57
2004 54 0 54
2005 65 11 54
2006 81 11 70
2007 95 14 81
2008 93 17 76
2009 109 20 89
2010 121 24 97
2011 119 22 97
2012 137 17 120
2013 147 26 121
2014 174 47 127
2015 186 45 141
2016 188 44 144
2017 179 35 144

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Popularity of Gray as a first name

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Popularity of Gray as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Gray U.S.
  White 68.68% 64.26%
  African American 25.13% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.54% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.91% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.33% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.41% 16.26%

Of Last Name Gray

People with the last name Gray are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Gray

  • How Popular is the name Gray? Gray is the 4,129th most popular name of all time. As a last name Gray was the 87th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Gray have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 4,332 babies born with the first name Gray in the United States. That's more than enough people named Gray to occupy the territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 4,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Gray? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1885 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Gray first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Gray is Thursday, March 1st, 1877.
  • What year had the most people named Gray born? The highest recorded use of the first name Gray was in 2016 with a total of 144 babies.
  • Random Gray Factoid: According to the 1999 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Gray is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 6 babies in California have the same name as you in 1999.
  • Weird things about the name Gray: Your name in reverse order is Yarg. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ragy. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Gray? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 246,116 people with the last name Gray.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Gray? Gray was ranked as the 87th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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