Gregory (given name)

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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").

Through 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: Grega or Gregor
  • Spanish: Gregorio
  • Swedish: Greger
  • Tamil: கிரிகோரி, Kirikōri
  • Telugu: గ్రెగొరీ, Gregorī
  • Thai: เกรกอรี or เกรกกอรี (Ke rk xrī̀)
  • Ukrainian: Григір (Hryhir), Григорій (Hryhoriy), Грегорі (Hrehori) Гриць(ко) (Hryts(ko))
  • Urdu: گریگوری
  • Welsh: Grigor
  • Yiddish: גרעגאָרי, Grʻgʼáry

People[edit]

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Indian (Malankara) Orthodox Church[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Prix Enfance du Monde, 1958