Gregory

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Etymology[edit]

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

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Gregory

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

Usage notes[edit]

Name of early saints, and of 16 popes. Used since Middle Ages; popular in the mid-twentieth century.

Quotations[edit]

  • c. 1597, William Shakespeare, “The First Part of Henry the Fourth, []”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, (please specify the act number in uppercase Roman numerals):
    : Act V, Scene III:
    Turk Gregory never did such deeds in arms as I have done this day.
  • 1990 Jonathan Kellerman, Time Bomb, page 163:
    The surname Graff was chosen because upscale consumers respect anything Teutonic - regard it as efficient, intelligent, and reliable. But only up to a point. A forename like Helmut or Wilhelm wouldn't have done. Too German. Too foreign. 'Gregory' scores high on the likability scale. All-American. Greg. He's one of the boys, with Teutonic ancestry.

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Gregory (plural Gregorys)

  1. (Cockney rhyming slang) Shortened form of Gregory Peck, a neck