Unlike classical Greek names, which often refer to pagan gods and goddesses, authorities believe Gregory's evolution was specifically Christian. It may have been derived from the scriptural admonition ''be vigilant'' (1st Peter, chapter 5, verse 8).
Use of the name has certainly been prominent in church history. Sixteen Roman Catholic popes, and numerous saints, have been named Gregory. It is also a popular traditional name among the Scots, who sometimes shorten it to Gregor.
Science and Philosophy
Gregor Johann Mendel (born 1822, died 1884)
Austrian monk and botanist; one of the founders of modern genetics.
Conducted breeding experiments and made observations on inheritance now codified as Mendel''s Law (see list of Biological Scientists)