Gender: Male Origin of Gray: Color name, also diminutive of Grayson Meaning of Grayson: English, "the son of the bailiff"

Gray Origin and Meaning

The name Gray is a boy's name of English origin.

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

A common surname, Gray/Grey is still an unusual first name choice--it hasn't made it into the Top 1000 in this century--while longer forms Grayson and Greyson are climbing rapidly, with Grayson at Number 97, and his twin at 200.

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

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Pop Culture References for the name Gray

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RoddyThlayli Says:


I think it's kind of funny that a lot of people find Gray/Grey "bleak" or unappealing because of the color. I've always found the color grey quite enchanting, tbh, and I love the name as well. I mostly associate it with a character of mine.

cmariac Says:


yes! that's what made me look it up anyways lol

jaz.fortune Says:


I loved the name Anastasia and Grey before that book or movie was even thought of and I almost decided not to use Anastasia because I was worried about the association and then I thought, "why am I worried about a book that children won't even know about and I am not naming my children after a sexy book". I think if you like a name then use it, if someone really has the balls to ask you if you named your child after that book then I would call them and out and tell them that they should get their head out of the gutter. That movie isn't going to be a classic... I am going to use Anastasia Celine for my baby girl and probably Evander Grey for a sibling. I don't care lol

Marlaina Says:


This is my son's middle name. I think the "a" is more handsome looking than the "e". Everyone assumes I spell it with an "e" though...

lissrose30 Says:


This is my last name so maybe one day when I marry I could use this as a middle name or something.

Pucko Says:


Fairytail anyone, no one? ok

babymagic Says:


How ambiguous

MaryKathryn Says:


Opinion question: Do you think this name is dead after the Fifty Shades of Grey epidemic? I know that the main character spelled his last name G-r-e-y, but still would it be awkward to use this name? (I'm asking because my mother is a big fan of the franchise, YUCK!)

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I actually use both spellings . I don't know why. But I agree with you.

oliviamcdonald Says:


I think I might love this name

clairelaliberte Says:


My new cousin was named Evan Gray, which I love.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I use the Gray and Grey spellings interchangeably but I prefer Gray for a name.

Catastroffy Says:


Even though I spell the colour grey with an E rather than an A, I think this looks more like a name than the Grey spelling does.

Megan R Says:


To add to the pop culture references, Gray was Jack Harkness's revenge-bent little brother in Torchwood. As far as names go, I prefer this spelling to 'Grey'.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I met a boy named Gray once. I thought it was a pretty unusual name. He later said it was short for Grayson. I like Gray for a middle. I even actually prefer it over Grayson.