May 4, 2009

Virtue Baby Names Inspired by Puritans

We love the names the early settlers of the U.S. chose for their children. Wanting to break away from typical English saint's names but also proudly pass on their beliefs, virtue names were the perfect way for the Puritans to express themselves. These days, their choices are inspiring parents because of the sweet, comforting words and connotations.

Celebrities are taking notice of these options as well. Meg Ryan named her daughter Daisy True; Jessica Alba chose Honor for her daughter (photo), and both Hope and Grace are common choices for a middle name among the famous. It also happens that the little girl Madonna is interested in adopting is named Chifundo, which means Mercy.

Below are names listed with rank (What is name rank?) following if the name is in the U.S. top 1,000 names. Virtue names are typically more suited for girls, but several are perfect for boys. In particular, Justice, Sincere, Loyal and Earnest lend themselves well as male names. Enjoy!



Amity

Charity, 673

Chastity or Chasity, 868

Comfort

Constance

Earnest

Faith, 74

Felicity, 707

Grace, 20

Harmony

Honesty

Honor, Honora

Hope, 206

Joy, 521

Justice, 399 for boys

Liberty, 643

Love

Loyal

Mercy

Merit

Noble

Patience, 654

Promise

Prudence

Purity

Remember


Sincere, 622 for boys

Temperance

Unity

Verity

Wisdom


~ More to read: You may also like this list of Heavenly Names ~

4 comments:

  1. These are awesome,

    Amity

    Comfort-this was Pearl Buck's real name

    Constance

    Felicity

    Grace

    Honor, Honora

    Joy

    Mercy

    Patience

    Prudence

    Remember

    Temperance

    Verity

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  2. I like the name Hope and Grace best :)

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  3. amity and temperance. <3

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  4. My 5th great grandmother was named experience, and her sister was named Freelove. I've seen a record of Freelove being nicknamed "Lovey" and have often wondered and hoped that Experience had an equally approachable nickname!

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