English word and virtue name

Honor Origin and Meaning

The name Honor is a girl's name meaning "honor".

Honor is a somewhat more straight-laced virtue name than Hope or Grace, placing a high standard on any girl carrying it, but it's a goal worth setting. By choosing Honor for her daughter, Jessica Alba brought it very much into the modern world.

Honor has become popular as a nonbinary name, given to nearly equal numbers of girls and boys but not ranking in the Top 1000 for either.

Probably the best known bearer is British actress Honor Blackman, remembered for her roles in The Avengers and the James Bond Goldfinger.

The more feminine Honora is also pretty and a fresh route to Nora. In another variation, Honoria Blake is a character in the Dickens novel Bleak House, Honoria Brady is the hero's cousin in the 1844 novel The Luck of Barry Lyndon by W. M. Thackeray and Honoria Glossop, a character in the Jeeves stories by P. G. Wodehouse.

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Famous People Named Honor

  • Honor FraserEnglish model
  • Honor Frost (19172010), English archaeologist
  • Honor MooreAmerican poet
  • Honor BlackmanEnglish actress
  • Honor Mary CrowleyIrish politician
  • Honor Bridget FellEnglish zoologist
  • Honor Maria FordSmith, Jamaican actress
  • Honor Lilbush Wingfield TracyEnglish novelist
  • Honor Victoria Wellesleydaughter of Princess Antonia of Prussia and the Duke of Wellesley
  • Honor Marie Warren (b. 2008)daughter of actors Jessica Alba and Cash Warren
  • Honor Florence Crosby Hunkin (b. 2018)daughter of English television presenter, model and fashion journalist Louise Roe
  • Gene Honor Getty (b. 2017)daughter of Joseph and Sabine Getty
  • Honor Swinton Byrne (b.1997)daughter of actress Tilda Swinton and John Byrne, twin of Xavier Swinton Byrne

Honor in Pop Culture

  • Honor Stephanie AlexanderHarrington, main character in David Weber's Honorverse series
  • Honor Huntzbergercharacter on TV's "Gilmore Girls"
  • Honor Blakecharacter in J. M. Synge's play The Playboy of the Western World (1907)
  • Honor Brightmain character in Tracy Chevalier's "The Last Runaway"
  • Honormain character in Allegra Goodman's "The Other Side of The Island"
  • Honorcharacter in television series "Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams"
  • Honor GuestDC character known as “The Silencer“

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