Origin of the Name Gregory
The origin of the name Gregory
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Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Gregory
include Gregorie, Greg, Gregg, Gregson, Greig and Grigg. This ancient name was originally borne by two fathers of the Orthodox church, Saint Gregory Nazianzene, 325-390, and Saint Gregory of Nyssa, 331-395. From about the tenth century onwards surnames began to be developed and it was not unusual to take the name of a Saint as surname. This name is usually of Anglo-Saxon descent spreading to Ireland , Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts in these countries. Examples of such are a Peter Gregory of Bedfordshire who was recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England , in the year 1273. A Johannes Gregson and Willemus Gregge were recorded in the 'Poll Tax' of the West Riding of Yorkshire in the year 1379. In Scotland several early Bishops bore this name. A William filius Gregorii was recorded as being the Provost of Crail in the year 1330. In Ireland this name is mostly found in Counties Kerry and Galway where it is on record since the seventeenth century.
The Gregory coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Gregory descendants.