Gregory

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709k
in the U.S.
since 1880
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Gregory

"Gregory" is a name of Greek origin, and it means "Vigilant, Watchful". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Gregory
Senses
  1. Pope Gregory XIII., born 1572, died 1585, the pope who introduced the modern calendar.
    synonyms: Gregory XIII, Ugo Buoncompagni.
  2. Pope Gregory I., born circa 540, died 604; the pope for whom Gregorian chants were named.
    synonyms: Gregory I, Saint Gregory I, Gregory the Great.
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  1. (Roman Catholic Church) an Italian pope distinguished for his spiritual and temporal leadership; a saint and Doctor of the Church (540?-604)
  2. The Italian pope who fought to establish the supremacy of the pope over the Roman Catholic Church and the supremacy of the church over the state (1020-1085)
  3. The Italian pope from 1406 to 1415 who worked to end the Great Schism and who retired to make it possible (1327-1417)
  4. The pope who sponsored the introduction of the modern calendar (1572-1585)
  5. Italian pope from 1831 to 1846; conservative in politics and theology; worked to propagate Catholicism in England and the United States (1765-1846)
  6. (Roman Catholic Church) a church father known for his constant fight against perceived heresies; a saint and Doctor of the Church (329-391)
Wiktionary

Via Latin Grēgorius, from post-classical Ancient Greek Γρηγόριος (Grēgórios, “watchful, vigilant”).

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

Notable Persons Named Gregory

Gregory Peck was an actor, humanitarian, and humanitarianism. His career lasted from 1942 to 2000. Gregory was given the name Eldred Gregory Peck on April 5th, 1916 in San Diego, California, United States. He breathed his last breath on June 12th, 2003.

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Gregory Porter is a jazz, blues, soul music, and gospel music musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 1998 to present. Gregory was born on November 4th, 1971 in Sacramento, California, United States.

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Gigi Gorgeous is a youtube personality, model, and youtube. Gigi was given the name Gregory Allan Lazzarato on April 20th, 1992 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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Gregg Allman is a singer-songwriter and musician. He was most prominent from 1960 to present. Gregg was given the name Gregory LeNoir Allman on December 8th, 1947 in Nashville, Tennessee, United States.

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Greg Lake is a progressive rock musician. He plays Alembic Inc, Wal (bass), Fender Jazz Bass, and Gibson Ripper. He has been prominent since 1966. Greg was given the name Gregory Stuart Lake on November 10th, 1947 in Poole, Dorset, England.

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Greg Kinnear is an actor and television personality. He has been prominent since 1988. Greg was given the name Gregory Buck Kinnear on June 17th, 1963 in Logansport, Indiana, U.S.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Gregory

Dick Gregory is a satire, political satire, and observational comedy comedian. Dick was given the name Richard Claxton Gregory on October 12th, 1932 in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.

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Philippa Gregory is a historical fiction, romance novel, and fantasy literature writer. She has had major accomplishments since 1987. Philippa was born Philippa Gregory on January 9th, 1954 in Nairobi, Kenya.

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His career lasted from 1939 to 2000. James was born on December 23rd, 1911 in Bronx, New York, U.S. He died on September 16th, 2002.

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David Gregory is a television host. David was given the name David Michael Gregory on August 24th, 1970 in Los Angeles.

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Kimberly Hebert Gregory is an actress.

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Randy Gregory is a football player for the Dallas Cowboys. Randy was born on November 23rd, 1992 in Jacksonville, Florida.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 5 0 5
1881 6 0 6
1884 5 0 5
1885 5 0 5
1886 7 0 7
1888 5 0 5
1889 6 0 6
1890 12 0 12
1892 9 0 9
1893 9 0 9
1894 10 0 10
1895 9 0 9
1896 10 0 10
1897 8 0 8
1898 14 0 14
1899 11 0 11
1900 12 0 12
1901 16 0 16
1902 10 0 10
1903 10 0 10
1904 16 0 16
1905 13 0 13
1906 16 0 16
1907 21 0 21
1908 26 0 26
1909 26 0 26
1910 25 0 25
1911 36 0 36
1912 66 0 66
1913 85 0 85
1914 107 0 107
1915 135 0 135
1916 143 0 143
1917 158 0 158
1918 175 0 175
1919 163 0 163
1920 180 0 180
1921 184 0 184
1922 220 0 220
1923 191 0 191
1924 226 0 226
1925 213 0 213
1926 243 0 243
1927 243 0 243
1928 260 0 260
1929 242 5 237
1930 248 0 248
1931 256 0 256
1932 283 0 283
1933 260 6 254
1934 334 5 329
1935 368 0 368
1936 393 0 393
1937 512 5 507
1938 536 0 536
1939 599 0 599
1940 757 0 757
1941 832 7 825
1942 1,026 0 1,026
1943 1,134 0 1,134
1944 1,307 0 1,307
1945 2,486 11 2,475 #96 boy name
1946 5,685 14 5,671 #56 boy name
1947 9,345 20 9,325 #33 boy name
1948 9,748 21 9,727 #32 boy name
1949 11,000 20 10,980 #31 boy name
1950 13,344 27 13,317 #25 boy name
1951 14,135 33 14,102 #25 boy name
1952 15,246 34 15,212 #24 boy name
1953 16,179 35 16,144 #24 boy name
1954 17,655 47 17,608 #25 boy name
1955 19,863 62 19,801 #24 boy name
1956 21,144 62 21,082 #24 boy name
1957 21,508 60 21,448 #23 boy name
1958 19,865 73 19,792 #23 boy name
1959 19,936 62 19,874 #23 boy name
1960 20,399 78 20,321 #24 boy name
1961 21,445 89 21,356 #23 boy name
1962 22,047 87 21,960 #21 boy name
1963 21,524 89 21,435 #21 boy name
1964 19,965 74 19,891 #22 boy name
1965 18,292 79 18,213 #23 boy name
1966 17,088 75 17,013 #23 boy name
1967 15,878 89 15,789 #25 boy name
1968 15,479 68 15,411 #26 boy name
1969 16,247 75 16,172 #26 boy name
1970 16,357 64 16,293 #26 boy name
1971 14,851 80 14,771 #26 boy name
1972 13,130 65 13,065 #26 boy name
1973 11,768 84 11,684 #26 boy name
1974 10,897 63 10,834 #31 boy name
1975 10,487 78 10,409 #33 boy name
1976 10,129 64 10,065 #35 boy name
1977 10,113 60 10,053 #35 boy name
1978 9,409 60 9,349 #38 boy name
1979 9,170 54 9,116 #42 boy name
1980 9,329 60 9,269 #42 boy name
1981 8,825 70 8,755 #46 boy name
1982 10,204 51 10,153 #40 boy name
1983 10,045 64 9,981 #42 boy name
1984 9,755 68 9,687 #44 boy name
1985 9,838 71 9,767 #45 boy name
1986 9,602 71 9,531 #46 boy name
1987 9,185 58 9,127 #47 boy name
1988 8,694 66 8,628 #50 boy name
1989 8,794 39 8,755 #52 boy name
1990 8,400 23 8,377 #51 boy name
1991 7,574 24 7,550 #55 boy name
1992 6,510 17 6,493 #60 boy name
1993 5,823 17 5,806 #65 boy name
1994 5,143 8 5,135 #76 boy name
1995 4,454 12 4,442 #84 boy name
1996 3,998 5 3,993 #98 boy name
1997 3,814 11 3,803
1998 3,436 7 3,429
1999 3,052 7 3,045
2000 2,841 5 2,836
2001 2,474 0 2,474
2002 2,282 5 2,277
2003 2,105 0 2,105
2004 1,976 8 1,968
2005 1,901 0 1,901
2006 1,833 0 1,833
2007 1,684 5 1,679
2008 1,556 0 1,556
2009 1,423 0 1,423
2010 1,286 0 1,286
2011 1,264 0 1,264
2012 1,231 5 1,226
2013 1,177 0 1,177
2014 1,104 0 1,104
2015 982 0 982
2016 913 0 913

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Popularity of Gregory as a first name

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Popularity of Gregory as a last name

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Common last names for Gregory

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  • Moore
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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Gregory U.S.
  White 78.64% 64.26%
  African American 15.56% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.57% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.75% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.99% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.49% 16.26%

Of Last Name Gregory

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

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Fun Facts about the name Gregory

  • How Popular is the name Gregory? Gregory is the 79th most popular name of all time. As a last name Gregory was the 339th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Gregory have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 708,758 babies born with the first name Gregory in the United States. That's more than enough people named Gregory to occupy the country of Montenegro with an estimated population of 620,029 (as of April 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Gregory? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Gregory first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Gregory is Wednesday, March 2nd, 1870.
  • What year had the most people named Gregory born? The highest recorded use of the first name Gregory was in 1962 with a total of 21,960 babies. That's a lot of babies named Gregory!
  • Random Gregory Factoid: According to the 1957 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Gregory ranks 12th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Alaska. Imagine that, 54 babies in Alaska have the same name as you in 1957.
  • Weird things about the name Gregory: Your name in reverse order is Yrogerg. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Orygger. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Gregory? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 91,384 people with the last name Gregory.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Gregory? Gregory was ranked as the 339th 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).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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