Gregory (given name)

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Pope Gregory I (Gregory the Great)
Pronunciation /ɡrɛɡər/
Gender Male
Word/name Greek via Latin
Meaning watchful, alert
Region of origin worldwide
Other names
Related names Greg, Gregg, Gregor, Grégoire, Gray, Grigori, Ory, Ari, George, Craig, Graig, McGregor, MacGregor

The masculine first name Gregory derives from the Latin name "Gregorius," which came 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.

Sixteen popes have used the name Gregorius, starting with Pope Gregory I (Gregory the Great). It is tied with Benedict as 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.[1]

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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.

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Indian (Malankara) Orthodox Church[edit]

Other people[edit]

  • Gregorio Coello, Pride of Chelsea, mischief maker, and adorer of Kittredge (b.1988)

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