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Gender: F Origin of Grace: English, virtue name Grace's Popularity in 2013: #22

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Grace is now just outside the Top 20, but who would have thought such a simple and pure virtue name as Grace, which originally referred to divine grace, could ever become trendy? Because that's what Grace is, chosen by boldfaced names from Mark Wahlberg to Ed Burns and Christy Turlington and given to 7,300 girls in 2013.

Grace is one of the most luminous of names, recalling the cool elegance of Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco. It existed as Gracia in the Middle Ages, but was not in common use until the Puritans adopted it along with other Christian attribute names in the sixteenth century. Embraced by Americans of the Victorian era, it was the eleventh most popular name in this country in 1875.

Grace is currently even more popular in other countries than it is here--Number 2 in Northern Ireland and 4 in Ireland, 8 in England and Wales, 13 in Australia, 17 in Scotland and 18 in Canada.

If Grace is too overused for you (there were well over seven thousand little Graces born last year), consider an exotic variation like Engracia or Graziella -- or the earthier Gracie. Some parents have even migrated into the boys' camp in search of Grace equivalents such as Gray or Grayson. Choosing nickname Gracie for the birth certificate is an increasingly popular option--she now ranks at Number 158.

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Famous People Named Grace

Grace Patricia Kelly, American actress and Princess of Monaco
Grace Ethel Cecile Rosalie "Gracie" Allen, American comedienne and actress
Grace Anna Coolidge, First Lady of the U.S. from 1923-29
Grace Pearl Ingalls Dow, sister of novelist Laura Ingalls Wilder
Grace Slick (born Grace Barnett Wing), American singer of band Jefferson Airplane
Grace Paley, American novelist
Grace Bannon, American actress
Grace Coddington, Welsh model and magazine editor
Grace Darling, English lighthouse keeper and shipwreck rescuer
Grace Marguerite Hay Drummond-Hay, English journalist and first woman to go around the world by air
Grace Min, American tennis player
Grace Evelyn Gifford, Irish artist and cartoonist
Grace Dunham, American actress and sister of actress and writer Lena Dunham
Grace Jane Gummer, American actress, daughter of actress Meryl Streep
Grace Anne Helbig, American YouTuber
Grace Hightower, American actress; wife of actor Robert De Niro
Grace Murray Hopper, American computer scientist and Navy admiral
(Beverly) Grace Jones, Jamaican singer and actress
Grace (Chung) Kelly, American jazz saxophonist
Grace Lee Boggs, American feminist author
Grace Lee, South Korean TV presenter
Grace Lee Whitney (born Mary Ann Chase), American actress
Grace Meng, U.S. Congresswoman from New York
Grace Metalious (born Marie Grace DeRepentigny), American novelist
Grace Park, Canadian actress
Grace Mugabe, wife of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe
Grace Victoria Phipps, American actress/singer
Grace Plantagenet, illegitimate daughter of Britain's King Edward IV
Grace Potter, American rock singer of band The Nocturnals
Grace Rundhaug, American actress
Grace Zabriskie, American actress
(Winona) Grace MacInnis, Canadian MP
Grace (b. 2003), daughter of model Christy Turlington
Grace Avery (b. 2010), daughter of actor Kevin Costner
Grace Elisabeth (b. 2005), daughter of TV personality Elisabeth Hasselbeck
Grace Isabella (b. 2007), daughter of soccer player Mia Hamm
Grace Margaret (b. 2010), daughter of actor Mark Wahlberg

Pop Culture References for the Name Grace

Grace Elizabeth Adler, main character on TV's "Will & Grace"
Grace Sheffield, daughter on TV's "The Nanny"
Grace Van Pelt, character on TV's "The Mentalist"
Grace Cahill, main character in the 2009 movie "Brothers"
Grace Bertrand, character on TV's "American Horror Story"
Grace Kathleen Bowman, character on TV's "The Secret Life of the American Teenager"
Grace Stamper, character in movie "Armageddon"
Grace Trey, character in the movie "Grace Unplugged"
Dr. Grace Trevelyan Grey, character in the 50 Shades of Grey series
Grace Whitney, character on the Australian TV show, Dance Academy
Grace Kelly, main character on TV's "Grace Under Fire"
"Grace is Gone," Dave Matthews song and 2007 film
Grace Brisbane, main character in Maggie Stiefivator's The Wolves of Mercy Falls series
Grace Peyton, daughter on TV's "Nurse Jackie"
Grace Makutsi, character in "The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency" series
Grace Olubunmi, character on British soap "EastEnders"
Grace Beauchamp, character on British soap "Holby City"
Grace Brady, character on American soap "Days of Our Lives"
Grace Choi, character in DC Comics
Dr. Grace Kwan, character on New Zealand soap "Shortland Street"
Grace Violet Blood, character on British TV's "Skins"
The Grace, South Korean pop group
"Grace," song and album by Jeff Buckley

Gracey, Graci, Graciane, Gracie, Graciella, Gracina, Gracinia, Gracious, Gracy, Graecie, Graice, Gratiana, Gratiela, Gratiella, Gray, Grayce, Graysie

Grace's International Variations

Grazielle (French) Gratia (German) Arete (Greek) Kalake (Hawaiian) Grania, Grainne (Irish) Graziosa, Graziella, Grazia (Italian) Grazyna (Polish) Graca, Gracinha (Portuguese) Engracia, Graciana, Gracia, Graciela (Spanish)