Color name
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Grey Origin and Meaning

The name Grey is a boy's name .

The girls have Violet and Scarlet and Ruby and Rose, but for the boys there's a much more limited palette of color names. Grey/Gray is one exception, which could make for a soft and evocative—if slightly somber—choice, especially in the middle. Kaitlin Olson and Rob McElhenney named their son Leo Grey.

A common surname, Grey/Gray is still an unusual first name choice (it entered the Top 1000 for the first time in 2013), while longer forms Grayson and Greyson are climbing rapidly. Grey is a color associated with the sign of Virgo, so Grey, Gray, and Grayson are perfect names for Virgo babies.

The best known bearer of the name, former Governor Gray Davis of California, was born Joseph Graham Davis, Jr, and others with Grey/Gray names include Graydon Carter, editor of Vanity Fair, and Grayer, the child in The Nanny Diaries.

It's worth noting the connection to Christian Grey, of E. L. James's Fifty Shades of Grey. Do with that what you will.

# 758 in the US

Grey Rank in US Top 1000

# 468 on Nameberry

Grey Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Grey Popularity

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Famous People Named Grey

  • Grey DamonAmerican actor
  • Grey Gowrie (born Alexander Patrick Greysteil Ruthven)2nd Earl of Gowrie, Scottish politician
  • Grey Gardnerson of British sports agent Dave Gardner
  • Grey Douglas Stuber (b. 2017)son of Molly Sims and Scott Stuber

Grey in Pop Culture

  • Christian Greymain character in "50 Shades of Grey," book/film series
  • Gandalf the Greycharacter in Lord of the Rings
  • "Grey's Anatomy" TV show
  • "Grey Gardens" documentary and movie
  • Earl Greytea

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