Of Greek origin.
From the Greek name “Γρηγόριος”, Gregorios, and later the Latin Gregorius.
Derives from the Greek word “ἐγρήγορος”, gregoros, meaning alert, watchful.
It was the name of several important saints, and therefore Gregory, in different spellings, was popular among early Christians.
It was the name of sixteen popes.
The name was only used in England after the Norman conquest, but was never a common name.
Gregory became a very popular name in the U.S.A. in the early 50’s, due to the popularity of actor Gregory Peck.
Other forms of the name are: Gregor, Greg, Gregorio, Grigor, Greger.
Famous bearers are Gregory Peck, Gregory Hines, Gregory Isaacs, Gregory Smith, Gregory Corso, Gregory Abbott, Gregory Harrison, Gregory Michael, Gregory Alan Williams, Gregory Sierra, Gregory Sporleder, Gregory Cruz, Gregory Itzin, Gregory Campbell, Gregory Jbara.
Gregory Peck was one of the most popular film stars in the U.S.A. and he was admirable all over the world.
In 1962 he received an Academy Award for Best Actor, for the drama film “To Kill A Mockingbird”, and he was nominated four more times.