English, virtue name

Grace Origin and Meaning

The name Grace is a girl's name of Latin origin.

Grace, a simple and pure virtue name which originally referred to divine grace, is a fashionable classic. In the early 2000s, it seemed headed for the Top 10 but pulled back from the upward trajectory, which you may consider a very good thing.

Grace is one of the most luminous of names, recalling the cool elegance of Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco. Embraced by Americans of the Victorian era, it was the eleventh most popular name in this country in 1875 and has always ranked among the Top 1000 girl names.

Currently, Grace is the Number 1 girls’ name in Ireland, and ranks highly in other English-speaking countries. In the US, it’s one of the most popular one-syllable middle names for girls.

Grace is derived from gratia, the Latin word for "grace." 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. It was used as a virtue name, in reference to divine grace — the love and kindness of God.

If Grace is too overused for you, consider an international variation like Engracia or Graziella. Some parents have even migrated into the gender neutral camp in search of Grace equivalents such as Gray or Grayson or even Gracelyn. Choosing the nickname Gracie for the birth certificate is a popular option.

# 39 in the US

Grace Rank in US Top 1000

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Grace Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

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Famous People Named Grace

  • Grace (or Grainne) O'MalleyIrish pirate
  • Grace Patricia KellyPrincess consort of Rainier III of Monaco, American actress
  • Grace Ethel Cecile Rosalie "Gracie" AllenAmerican comedienne and actress
  • Grace Anna Goodhue CoolidgeFirst Lady of the U.S. as wife of President Calvin Coolidge
  • Grace Pearl Ingalls Dowsister of American novelist Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Grace Slick (born Grace Barnett Wing)American singer of band Jefferson Airplane
  • Grace PaleyAmerican novelist
  • Grace BannonAmerican actress
  • Grace CoddingtonWelsh model and magazine editor
  • Grace DarlingEnglish lighthouse keeper and shipwreck rescuer
  • Grace Marguerite Hay DrummondHay, English journalist and first woman to go around the world by air
  • Grace MinAmerican tennis player
  • Grace Evelyn GiffordIrish artist and cartoonist
  • Grace DunhamAmerican actress and sister of actress and writer Lena Dunham
  • Grace Jane GummerAmerican actress, daughter of actress Meryl Streep
  • Grace Avery VanderwaalAmerican singer/songwriter/ukulele player; winner of America's Got Talent 2016.
  • Grace LegoteSouth African rhythmic gymnast
  • Grace Anne HelbigAmerican YouTuber
  • Grace HightowerAmerican actress; wife of actor Robert De Niro
  • Grace Murray HopperAmerican computer scientist and Navy admiral
  • (Beverly) Grace JonesJamaican singer and actress
  • Grace (Chung) KellyAmerican jazz saxophonist
  • Grace Lee BoggsAmerican feminist author
  • Grace LeeSouth Korean TV presenter
  • Grace Lee Whitney (born Mary Ann Chase)American actress
  • Grace MengU.S. Congresswoman from New York
  • Grace Metalious (born Marie Grace DeRepentigny)American novelist
  • Grace ParkCanadian actress
  • Grace Mugabewife of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe
  • Grace Victoria PhippsAmerican actress/singer
  • Grace Plantagenetillegitimate daughter of Britain's King Edward IV
  • Grace PotterAmerican rock singer of band The Nocturnals
  • Grace RundhaugAmerican actress
  • Grace ZabriskieAmerican actress
  • Grace HartzelAmerican model
  • (Winona) Grace MacInnisCanadian MP
  • Grace Elizabeth DeverAmerican actress & model
  • Grace Burns (b. 2003)daughter of model Christy Turlington and actor/director Edward Burns
  • Grace Avery Costner (b. 2010)daughter of actor Kevin Costner
  • Grace Elisabeth Hasselbeck (b. 2005)daughter of TV personality Elisabeth Hasselbeck
  • Grace Isabella Garciaparra (b. 2007)daughter of athletes Mia Hamm and Nomar Garciaparra; twin of sister Ava Caroline
  • Grace Margaret Wahlberg (b. 2010)daughter of actor Mark Wahlberg
  • Grace Pauline Kelley (b. 1996)daughter of singer Wynonna Judd and Arch Kelley
  • Grace Jones (b. 1997)daughter of TV presenter Fern Britton and Clive Jones
  • Grace Annette Duggar (b. 2020)daughter of John David and Abbie Duggar of TLC's, "Counting On"

Grace in Pop Culture

  • Dr. Grace Devlincharacter in TV's "The Mob Doctor"
  • Gracecharacter in "Little Prudy" series by Sophie May
  • Grace Elizabeth Adlercharacter on NBC's "Will & Grace"
  • Grace Beauchampcharacter on "Holby City"
  • Grace Bertrandcharacter on FX's "American Horror Story"
  • Grace Violet Bloodcharacter on E4's "Skins"
  • Grace Kathleen Bowmancharacter on ABC's "The Secret Life of the American Teenager"
  • Grace Bradycharacter on NBC's "Days of Our Lives"
  • Dr. Grace Hollowaycharacter in the 1996 Doctor Who TV Movie
  • Grace Brisbanecharacter in "The Wolves of Mercy Falls" series by Maggie Stiefivator
  • Grace Cahillcharacter in "Brothers"
  • Grace Choicharacter in DC Comics
  • Dr. Grace Trevelyan Greycharacter in "Fifty Shades of Grey" series
  • Grace Kellycharacter on "Grace Under Fire"
  • Dr. Grace Kwancharacter on "Shortland Street"
  • Grace Makutsicharacter in "The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency" series
  • Grace Olubunmicharacter on BBC One's "EastEnders"
  • Grace PeytonJackie's daughter on Showtime's "Nurse Jackie"
  • Grace Sheffielddaughter on "The Nanny"
  • Grace Stampercharacter in "Armageddon"
  • Grace Treycharacter in "Grace Unplugged"
  • Grace Van Peltcharacter on CBS' "The Mentalist"
  • Grace Whitneycharacter on ABC1 and ABC3's "Dance Academy"
  • The GraceSouth Korean pop group
  • "Grace is Gone" Dave Matthews song and 2007 film
  • "Grace" song and album by Jeff Buckley
  • Grace Dagenhartcharacter in "Fran Bow"
  • Gracea character from "The 5th Wave" book series by Rick Yancey
  • Grace Wildecharacter from "Hello, I Love You" by Katie M. Stout
  • Grace Dennetcharacter in Mary Kubica's novel "The Good Girl"
  • Grace Kellysong by Mika
  • Grace Tempestcharacter in "Vampirates" book series
  • Gracecharacter on Freeform's "The Fosters"
  • Grace Barrowscharacter on CBS' "Salvation"
  • Grace Williamscharacter on CBS' "Hawaii Five,0" reboot
  • "Alias Grace" TV miniseries, with Grace Marks as lead character
  • Grace Monroemain character in the animated series “Infinity Train”

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