Gender: Male Origin of Grey: Color name Grey's Popularity in 2018: #727

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.

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JossieChris Says:


I like Greyson on a boy and Grey for girls. Gray on a boy makes me sad like they brought no light to the world. The middle spot is alright as it just adds style to the first more like Ann or Rose.

Samantha110605 Says:


I have a Hamilton Grae. The spelling Grae is shortened from Graeme (my dads name). Just another spelling alternative 😃

eveyalecia Says:


I love grey/gray, I think it's a very pleasing color. The color of stormy skies and rainy days, of the sea when the sun isn't out, or peace and solitude, the color of wisdom, the color of silver and steel and carbon and cobalt, the color of elephants and dolphins and gray wolves, and artistically it's a wonderful neutral that pairs well with other colors. Plus, the world needs to recognize more shades of gray instead of always being confined to black and white. Sorry to write a novel here, I just must defend this color and name that, imo, is not at all depressing. :)

eveyalecia Says:


Evander Grey is very cute!

IlianaRene Says:


Love this for a boy, not so much on girl.

jaz.fortune Says:


I like this spelling more than Gray. I think Evander Grey would be a cute name!

EW314 Says:


This is my preferred spelling, though I'm not a huge fan of the name. I personally find grey such a drab, depressing colour - I can't imagine why you'd want to name a child after it. I do think it can make a solid middle name though - Leo Grey is very handsome.

oliviamcdonald Says:


I adore this name

hermioneameliastyles Says:


This would make a cute nickname for a boy named Greyson. I even know a father and son who have this name and I quite like it, although it seems to fit the son better than his father.

hmg1204 Says:


Grey Valentin would be adorable!^-^

arizonawinnie Says:


like this so much better than Gray.