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Gregory Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin) and French: from a personal name that was popular throughout Christendom in the Middle Ages. The Greek original Grēgorios is a derivative of grēgorein ‘to be awake to be watchful’. However the Latin form Gregorius came to be associated by folk etymology with grex gregis ‘flock herd’ under the influence of the Christian image of the good shepherd. The Greek name was borne in the early Christian centuries by two fathers of the Orthodox Church Saint Gregory Nazianzene (c. 325–390) and Saint Gregory of Nyssa (c. 331–395) and later by sixteen popes starting with Gregory the Great (c. 540–604). It was also the name of 3rd- and 4th-century apostles of Armenia. In North America the English form of the surname has absorbed many cognates from other languages e.g. Italian Gregorio German Slovak and Slovenian Gregor Polish Grzegorz Czech Řehoř (see Rehor ) and French Gregoire and also their patronymics and other derivatives e.g. Polish Grzegorczyk .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Gregor, Gregori, Gregorek, Greger, Geary, Gregorie, Gregoire, Rehor

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You can see how Gregory families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gregory family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gregory families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 536 Gregory families living in Ontario. This was about 50% of all the recorded Gregory's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Gregory families in 1911.
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What did your Gregory ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Gregory. 26% of Gregory men worked as a Farmer and 16% of Gregory women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gregory were Farmers Son and Income. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Farmers Son

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
  • Operator
  • Income
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There are 102,000 military records available for the last name Gregory. For the veterans among your Gregory ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gregory lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Gregory life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Gregory in 1940 was 50, and 74 in 2004.

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