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Gender: Female Origin of Charity: English word name

The name Charity is a girl's name of English origin. Charity and is often added to lists like Middle Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Heaven, Hell, Purgatory - Girls".

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Charity is one of the Big Three abstract virtue names, along with Hope and Faith, though far less widely used than the others. But as Faith, Grace and Hope grow more common, some parents are beginning to look at the more unusual three-syllable choices like Verity, Amity, Clarity and Charity, which sound much fresher and also have that pleasingly rhythmic 'y'-ending sound.

In the Dickens novel Martin Chuzzlewit, there are two sisters named Charity and Mercy, who are known as Cherry and Merry.

In the musical Sweet Charity the title character, Charity Hope Valentine, is an all too charitable girl with a heart of gold. In the novel"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" Charity Burbage is a Muggle Studies teacher at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and in Two Broke Girls there's an Aunt Charity who's not very charitable.

Charity was in the Top 500 in the 1880's and 1890's, remained in the Top 1000 until 1927 when it dropped from sight, then reappeared in 1968. For a period in the 1970's and eighties, Charity was a Top 300 name.

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Famous People Named Charity

Charity Wakefield, English actress
Charity Shea, American actress
Charity Rahmer, American actress
Charity Edna Adams Earley, first black American WACS officer
Charity Brown (born Phyllis Boltz), Canadian actress
Charity Kaluki Ngilu, Kenyan politician
Charity Opara, Nigerian Olympic runner
Charity Waciuma, Kenyan novelist
Charity Ogbenyealu Adule, Nigerian footballer
Charity Hallett Barnum, wife of American showman P.T. Barnum
Charity Clarke, American revolutionary
Charity Clarke Moore, daughter of American poet Clement C. Moore, who composed "The Night Before Christmas" for her; granddaughter of Charity Clarke

Pop Culture References for the name Charity

Charity Hope Valentine, character in musical "Sweet Charity"
Charity Channing, character in TV series "2 Broke Girls"
Charity Burbage, teacher in the "Harry Potter" series
Charity Dingle, a character played by actress Emma Atkins on the British soap "Emmerdale"
Charity Standish, character on American soap "Passions"
Charity Bazaar, character on animated series "Histeria!"
Charity More, character in "Stargazer" by Claudia Gray
Charity Graff, main character in "Cutters Don't Cry" by Christine Dzidrums


gummybear17 Says:


my name is Charity. i was surprised to find it was colonial though.

JossieChris Says:


This was my paternal gm name. I feel like my cousins and I are in an unspoken race to be the first to use it. She was a very charitable, religious, respected, beloved saintly women. Beautiful, loving and kind. I would be asking my child to fill some pretty big shoes with a name like this. I like the nn Chica. Also considering Charlette as a kind of "little charity". The biggest seller is that it has my other grandmothers name in the middle, Harriet.

Wittyusername103 Says:


I think I really like this one.

charity480 Says:


My name is Charity, and I think my parents did a wonderful job in choosing it. In all of my travels, my name remains unique and memorable to those I meet, which makes it easy for people to reconnect with me. The meaning, which is actually "love" in the divine sense (not earned, but given from an absolute generosity of spirit to all people with impartiality) is so lovely. I've always felt the responsibility of carrying such a meaningful name, and people seem to love it. I get positive comments all the time.

Charity LeClaire Says:


It's my name, and I am not too fond of it.

Guest Says:


As I kid I went to school and church with a girl named Charity. I loved her name. I think it's unique.