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When you think of the name Greg, you probably think of it as a shortened form or nickname of Gregory, but for decades, it was a given name in its own right. While Gregory remains one of the most popular names for boys in the United States, Greg itself fell out of favor around the mid-1990s. If you like the name and want to make it current, pair it with a trendy middle name. Just make sure it has multiple syllables. As a one-syllable name, Greg also makes a great middle name itself.

Meaning of the name Greg:

Greek: Watchful, alert

Origin of the name Greg:

Greg is derived from Gregory, which is ultimately derived from the Greek name Grēgórios. It means “watchful” or “alert.”

Symbolism of the name Greg:

New parents may choose the name Greg as a symbol if they want their baby boy to grow up to be vigilant and alert throughout life. They may see it as a sign that he will always be aware of what's going on around him and make good decisions because of it.

Style of the name Greg:


Gender of the name Greg:

Greg is a boy's name.

Pronunciation of the name Greg:


Number of syllables in the name Greg:


Emotion evoked from the name Greg:

The baby name Greg evokes images of someone who is always dreaming and coming up with new ideas.

Alternative spellings for the name Greg:

Nicknames for the name Greg:

  • Greggy

Popularity of the name Greg:

According to the Social Security Administration, Greg was a top 1,000 baby name for boys in the United States between 1938 and 1995. It was most popular during the early 1960s when it reached as high as 77 on the list. It last ranked at number 978 in 1995.

Related names for the name Greg:

  • Gregory
  • Gregor
  • MacGregor
  • Gregorio 
  • Gregorious

Great middle names for Greg and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Greg:

  • Greg Biffle (NASCAR driver)
  • Greg Brock (baseball player)
  • Greg Camarillo (football player)
  • Greg Eagles (actor)
  • Greg Lake (musician)
  • Greg Maddux (baseball player)

Greg in popular culture:

  • Greg Brady (character on the TV show “The Brady Bunch”)
  • Greg(character on the soap opera “The Young and the Restless”)
  • Greg Montgomery (character on the TV show “Dharma and Greg”)
  • Greg Nelson (character on the soap opera “All My Children”)
  • Greg Heffley (character in the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” franchise)
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