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Gregory is the English version of the Greek name Gregorios.Gregorios says The History of Christian Names (1863), is derived from a late and corrupted form of the Greek verb meaning to watch, or wake. It is easy to understand why so many early bishops were called Gregorios, or Gregorius- the Latin form, since they must watch over their flocks. As the pagans were converted they adopted new names, often those of church fathers, or indicating Christian virtues. This accounts for the distribution throughout Christendom of the name Gregory in its various national forms- Gregoire, French; Gregorio, Italian and Spanish; Gregos, Danish; Gregoor, Dutch; Rehor, Bohemian; and Greis, said to be the Swedish form. It may astonish the many members of our tribe who have confused Gregory and MacGregor to learn that there is no etymological connection between the two names. The Scotch Gregor is from grig, celtic for fierce, say some authorities, or greigh, a herd, assert others.
In Catholic England many infants were christened Gregory, usually for Gregory the Great (St.Gregory, Pope Gregory I), who was specially popular because he had been instrumental in converting the people of the Kingdom of Kent to Christianity. In the Thirteenth and Fourteenth centuries the common people adopted family names. Many converted their father's single appellations into surnames. All over England Gregory families came into existence. The Rotuli Curioe Regis for 1199 gives William Fitz-Gregory, Fitz meaning son. This Gregory, father of William, may have been the sire of one of the earliest English Gregory families. In this way, probably, our family had it's beginnings in Lancashire, perhaps with an Adam filius Gregorii (son of Gregory.)
"Ancestors and Descendants of Henry Gregory" (pub.1938) by Grant Gregory