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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Grey

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Grey
See Graythe correct orthography).
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Horse of a light gray or whitish color
  2. Clothing that is a grey color ("he was dressed in grey")
  3. A neutral achromatic color midway between white and black
  4. Any organization or party whose uniforms or badges are grey ("the Confederate army was a vast grey")
  5. Englishman who as Prime Minister implemented social reforms including the abolition of slavery throughout the British Empire (1764-1845)
  6. Queen of England for nine days in 1553; she was quickly replaced by Mary Tudor and beheaded for treason (1537-1554)
  7. United States writer of western adventure novels (1875-1939)
  8. Turn grey ("Her hair began to grey")
  9. Make grey ("The painter decided to grey the sky")
  10. Of an achromatic color of any lightness intermediate between the extremes of white and black ("the little grey cells" and "a man with greyish hair")
  11. Intermediate in character or position ("a grey area between clearly legal and strictly illegal")
  12. Used to signify the Confederate forces in the American Civil War (who wore grey uniforms) ("a stalwart grey figure")
  13. Showing characteristics of age, especially having grey or white hair
Wiktionary
  1. A surname​, alternative spelling of Gray

Notable Persons Named Grey

Grey DeLisle is a voice actress, singer, and comedian. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1993 to present. Grey was given the name Erin Grey Van Oosbree on August 24th, 1973 in Fort Ord, California, U.S. Grey is also known as Grey DeLisle-Griffin and Grey Griffin.

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Grey Damon is an actor. He was most active from 2009 to present. Grey was born on September 24th, 1987 in Bloomington, Indiana, U.S.

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Grey Owl was a writer and environmentalist. Grey was given the name Archibald Belaney on September 18th, 1888 in Hastings, England. He passed away on April 13th, 1938.

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Grey Gargoyle is a comics character.

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Grey Ruegamer is a football player. His most notable accomplishments were from 2000 to 2008. Grey was born on June 1st, 1976 in Las Vegas.

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Grey Stafford is an animal trainer; behaviorist; spokesperson; author.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Grey

Sasha was given the name Marina Ann Hantzis on March 14th, 1988 in North Highlands, California, U.S.

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Jean Grey is a comics character.

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Jennifer Grey is an actress and actor. She has been prominent since 1979. Jennifer was born as the child of Joel Grey on March 26th, 1960 in New York City, New York, U.S.

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Lady Jane Grey was royalty. She was most prominent from 1553 to 1553. She breathed her last breath on February 12th, 1554.

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Meredith Grey is a chief of general surgery at grey sloan memorial hospital, board director at grey sloan memorial hospital, and general surgery.

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Skylar Grey is a singing, songwriter, and singer. Skylar was given the name Holly Brook Hafermann on February 23rd, 1986 in Mazomanie, Wisconsin.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1913 7 0 7
1916 6 0 6
1917 6 0 6
1918 11 0 11
1920 7 0 7
1921 7 0 7
1922 8 0 8
1923 6 0 6
1924 7 0 7
1925 6 0 6
1926 9 0 9
1928 5 0 5
1931 7 0 7
1933 6 0 6
1934 7 0 7
1935 8 0 8
1936 6 0 6
1938 5 0 5
1941 7 0 7
1942 5 0 5
1943 5 0 5
1944 7 0 7
1945 6 0 6
1946 9 0 9
1947 7 0 7
1948 11 0 11
1949 9 0 9
1950 5 0 5
1951 12 0 12
1952 5 0 5
1953 10 0 10
1954 5 0 5
1955 6 0 6
1956 12 0 12
1957 17 0 17
1958 14 0 14
1959 16 0 16
1960 7 0 7
1961 20 0 20
1962 15 0 15
1963 15 0 15
1964 16 0 16
1965 16 0 16
1966 9 0 9
1967 19 0 19
1968 11 0 11
1969 12 0 12
1970 18 0 18
1971 9 0 9
1972 16 0 16
1973 12 0 12
1974 12 0 12
1975 10 0 10
1976 16 0 16
1977 9 0 9
1978 7 0 7
1979 13 0 13
1980 13 0 13
1981 13 0 13
1982 12 0 12
1983 15 0 15
1984 16 0 16
1985 16 0 16
1986 23 0 23
1987 15 0 15
1988 20 0 20
1989 22 0 22
1990 41 5 36
1991 36 5 31
1992 32 8 24
1993 38 0 38
1994 52 5 47
1995 43 0 43
1996 54 6 48
1997 51 5 46
1998 42 0 42
1999 56 5 51
2000 47 5 42
2001 59 11 48
2002 61 6 55
2003 62 5 57
2004 75 6 69
2005 55 6 49
2006 98 11 87
2007 117 14 103
2008 136 23 113
2009 149 17 132
2010 132 26 106
2011 155 30 125
2012 228 43 185
2013 248 44 204
2014 315 81 234
2015 306 72 234
2016 382 64 318
2017 393 68 325

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Popularity of Grey as a first name

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Popularity of Grey as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Grey U.S.
  White 65.19% 64.26%
  African American 23.29% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.15% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 2.39% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.67% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.31% 16.26%

Of Last Name Grey

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

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Fun Facts about the name Grey

  • How Popular is the name Grey? Grey is the 4,233rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Grey was the 2,845th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Grey have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 4,182 babies born with the first name Grey in the United States. That's more than enough people named Grey 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 Grey? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1913 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Grey first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Grey is Saturday, October 12th, 1878.
  • What year had the most people named Grey born? The highest recorded use of the first name Grey was in 2017 with a total of 325 babies.
  • Random Grey Factoid: According to the 2013 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Grey is not a popular baby boy's name in Utah. Imagine that, only 12 babies in Utah have the same name as you in 2013.
  • Weird things about the name Grey: Your name in reverse order is Yerg. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rgey. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Grey? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 12,680 people with the last name Grey.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Grey? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 4 of them will have Grey as their last name.

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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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