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Gregory Name Meaning

English: from a personal name that was popular throughout Christendom in the Middle Ages. The Greek original, Gregorios, is a derivative of gregorein ‘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, St. Gregory Nazianzene (c. 325–390) and St. 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 name has absorbed many cognates from other European languages. (For forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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

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Gregory Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Gregory. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Gregory Family Origin

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Gregory Family Occupations

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In 1880, the most common Gregory occupation in the USA was Farmer. 42% of Gregory's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gregory. A less common occupation for the Gregory family was Farming.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


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Gregory Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

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Draft Card

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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Gregory Life Expectancy

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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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