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Gender: Female Origin of Grace: English, virtue name Grace's Popularity in 2017: #21

The name Grace is a girl's name of Latin origin. Grace is ranked #21 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Antique Baby Names Back in Style and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

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 celebrities such as Mark Wahlberg, Ed Burns, and Christy Turlington.

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—it's ranked highly in Northern Ireland, Ireland, England and Wales, Australia, Scotland, and Canada.

If Grace is too overused for you, consider an exotic variation like Engracia or Graziella. 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 a popular option.

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Famous People Named Grace

Grace O'Malley, Irish pirate
Grace Patricia Kelly, Princess consort of Rainier III of Monaco, American actress
Grace Ethel Cecile Rosalie "Gracie" Allen, American comedienne and actress
Grace Anna Goodhue Coolidge, First Lady of the U.S. as wife of President Calvin Coolidge
Grace Pearl Ingalls Dow, sister of American 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
Grace Hartzel, American model
(Winona) Grace MacInnis, Canadian MP
Grace Elizabeth Dever, American 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
Charlie Grace Thurston (b. 2015), daughter of Johnathan Thurston
Grace Avery Vanderwaal, singer/songwriter/ukulele player and winner of America's Got Talent 2016.
Grace Legote, South African rhythmic gymnast

Pop Culture References for the name Grace

Dr. Grace Devlin, character in TV's "The Mob Doctor"
Grace, character in "Little Prudy" series by Sophie May
Grace Elizabeth Adler, character on NBC's "Will & Grace"
Grace Beauchamp, character on "Holby City"
Grace Bertrand, character on FX's "American Horror Story"
Grace Violet Blood, character on E4's "Skins"
Grace Kathleen Bowman, character on ABC's "The Secret Life of the American Teenager"
Grace Brady, character on NBC's "Days of Our Lives"
Dr. Grace Holloway, character in the 1996 Doctor Who TV Movie
Grace Brisbane, character in "The Wolves of Mercy Falls" series by Maggie Stiefivator
Grace Cahill, character in "Brothers"
Grace Choi, character in DC Comics
Dr. Grace Trevelyan Grey, character in "Fifty Shades of Grey" series
Grace Kelly, character on "Grace Under Fire"
Dr. Grace Kwan, character on "Shortland Street"
Grace Makutsi, character in "The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency" series
Grace Olubunmi, character on BBC One's "EastEnders"
Grace Peyton, Jackie's daughter on Showtime's "Nurse Jackie"
Grace Sheffield, daughter on "The Nanny"
Grace Stamper, character in "Armageddon"
Grace Trey, character in "Grace Unplugged"
Grace Van Pelt, character on CBS' "The Mentalist"
Grace Whitney, character on ABC1 and ABC3's "Dance Academy"
The Grace, South Korean pop group
"Grace is Gone," Dave Matthews song and 2007 film
"Grace," song and album by Jeff Buckley
Grace Dagenhart, character in "Fran Bow"
Grace, a character from "The 5th Wave" book series by Rick Yancey
Grace Wilde, character from "Hello, I Love You" by Katie M. Stout
Grace Dennet, character in Mary Kubica's novel "The Good Girl"
Grace Kelly, song by Mika
Grace Tempest, character in "Vampirates" book series
Grace, character on Freeform's "The Fosters"
Grace Barrows, character on CBS' "Salvation"
Grace Williams, character on CBS' "Hawaii Five-0" reboot
"Alias Grace," TV miniseries, with Grace Marks as lead character

Grace's International Variations

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


DolphinLover17 Says:


I love this name! But it's getting too common :(

I'm Dakota Says:


Is it really overused? I've met one Michaela in my life.

rayleemarie Says:


Never liked this name for whatever reason, it's very overused as well especially as a middle .I prefer Gracen and Gracie on their own

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burg123 Says:


Weirdly, it sounds too word like to me.

Violet_Rose Says:


Same, I was 1 of only 2 in my entire school growing up, then by the time I was in highschool the elementary was oversaturated with little Graces

Violet_Rose Says:


I was super clumsy as a kid, my grade school classmates used to call me "graceless Grace". I never went by "Gracie" even as a little girl, and as popular as it is now, as a 20s-something, growing up in my community I was one of the only TWO Graces in the whole town, the other I didn't much tangle with because she was in highschool when I was still in grade school, I even got compliments on how simple, elegant, and UNDERused it was believe it or not, then middle school came around and suddenly there were all these elementary-and-younger Gracies running around and I was mordified that I was no longer "unique". I'd like to tell you I've whole-heartedly embraced the popularity, but no, I have however learned to accept it. *also I could always have been a Jennifer* But I do think that the reason it HAS become so popular is because it is so timeless and classy, it implys both generosity and beauty, and honestly who doesn't want that for their little girl? I myself will probably be using it for a middle name someday, I like the idea of just switching my first and middle names around and calling her Diana Grace, instead of Grace Diana

Rosie2525 Says:


Grace :)

Rosie2525 Says:


I adore this name for its simplicity, charm and vintage style. It is unfortunate that it is so over used, however, especially as a middle name in the South.

Gia.berry Says:


This name is really overused and is sadly ruined for me because 4 out of the 5 Graces I know are horrible. It's pretty though.

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JustMyOpinion Says:


I love the name Grace but my last name rhymes with it... would that be awful? Be honest. Grace Groce

SouthernGirl Says:


This is my name:) LOVE it!!

Gracie15 Says:


Do ya'll prefer the name Hope or Grace, honestly?

Gracie15 Says:


Love my name<3

Rainbow glitter Says:


This name is beautiful! I've only known 1 Grace in my life

morning_glory Says:


Grace Ellen is GORGEOUS!! I really love that combo :)

briarblossom Says:


I love the name Grace . Lovely and sweet without being fussy.

Laika Says:


I don't know if this is just because I grew up a Grace and hated it, it didn't suit me at all with my sarcastic, rebellious personality, but I hate this name! It sounds so frumpy and is horribly overused. All I can think about when I hear this is an obnoxiously femme child. My teachers could never remember my nickname was Gracie! 😂 Overall, this name just is not versatile enough for me.

bordercollie Says:


Theoretically, I love this name. It's simple, elegant, and beautiful, not frilly at all, but feminine. The meaning is lovely, and the sound is very pretty. However, Grace has sadly lost so much of her shine from being mercilessly overused, and now seems quite bland to me; I know six or seven Graces just off the top of my head. There are some names that I've found can withstand popularity, but at least to me, Grace isn't one of them. Sad, because it is a lovely name.

Daiseymae Says:


I think Grace and Michaela are both pretty names.

hermioneameliastyles Says:


This is my Grandma's name. She had the name long before it was super popular. I really like her name. Most of the names in my family are not my taste, but this one is so pretty. I would love to honor my Grandma by using it as a middle name. The name I would use it with is Meredith. The name would read Meredith Grace. I really think it would be pretty and very simple for my little girl. Plus I really love my Grandma.

Myanover Says:


Grace is a lovely name! 😃

Michaela Says:


I completely agree. I wish I weren't named Michaela. It's a trendy name that gets misspelled all the time.

GraceArnott Says:


Michaela, in my opinion is a bit over used

Daiseymae Says:


That is a cute name.

LV51sfan91 Says:


Nice choice! Just popular;)

foreverharriet Says:


Interesting that so many people have commented that it's overused - I've never met a Grace and don't think I've ever known someone to have it as a middle name other than myself.

Kim Says:


My first name is Grace, and It's crazy how fast it's popularity rose in 30 years. When I was in school, I was the only Grace. Now it's saturated.

aaashark12 Says:


my middle name name is Grace and my family swap it for disgrace when teasing me

VorththeCat Says:


This is the only word name I like! It's so beautiful and has a lot of history behind it. Besides, Grace Kelly is an excellent namesake! Such a shame, there are too many Graces at my school. :(

RoddyThlayli Says:


One of my least favorite virtue names. Not really sure why.

grace147 Says:


I give my mother some grief for naming me this, only because I was one of four Graces in middle school, and one of six in high school. But I really do love my name. Though it's really known for being so common nowadays, I don't think Grace will ever lose it's lovely charm.

headintheclouds Says:


Grace is a lovely name that will never go out of style. It's just timeless and classy and you can't go wrong with it. It's the virtue name that's so widespread that I don't even think of it as a virtue name anymore, but more of its own classic-name category (similar to Frank, Ernest), unlike its relations Faith, Hope, Verity, Felicity. My huge gripe with Grace though, is that it is EXTREMELY overused as a middle name that I've grown rather tired of it due to overexposure. Grace is still a wonderful name though- just enough with the ____ Graces already!

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Grace is way too common to have any appeal for md. But it's a respectable and familiar name, so it has that going for it.

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KrisMichelle Says:


My 10 months old is Grace Ramona, and it suits her perfectly. Ramona is after my beloved late grandmother. She is called Gracie quite a bit. There is only one Grace in my son's elementary school, and she is the only other Grace we know.

Daiseymae Says:


I wholeheartedly agree with you Mary Kathryn.

Grace Says:


OMG SAME! im one of them

Grace Says:


Thank you. My name is Grace XD

ThistleThorn Says:


Much better way to get to the nickname Gracie than Gracelyn.

auntanne1122 Says:


This is my favorite virtue name. A timeless beauty!

Essa Says:


Same! It is one of the only names that I haven't gone off due to it's popularity. Sadly it's my SIL's name so the husband says I'm not allowed to use it!

MarieLalie Says:


Popular for a reason! Classic, feminine, regal and elegant!

Catastroffy Says:


I love this's so simple, pretty, smooth, lovely, gentle and, well, graceful. It is austere and beautiful at the same time. I do wish it wasn't so common! It's out of the question for somebody who likes to use rarer names for girls.

gmdx Says:


I really love my name, but it is so common! At my theatre camp, there are four of us! It has earned me the nickname Garace (as in Galinda.)

MaryKathryn Says:


No matter how popular this name becomes or how many people overly use it as a middle name, I will forever love the beauty, class, and elegance of this name.

junebug3 Says:


My BFF's name is Grace, but she is picked on a lot, and they call her "Baby Gracie" and she hates it.

Leah3456 Says:


I like this name as a first name.

Guest Says:


I can say the annoying thing about having an uncommon name is that people can never spell it or pronounce it correctly. So I say go with something in between yet simple. :)

fueledbyfroyo Says:


My name is Grace, and even though I like it, things get confusing when there are 3 girls named Grace in your homeroom. I typically end up as Gracie (ugh) or Grace [last initial]. That's one reason why I wouldn't consider such a popular name for my kids- it just gets annoying when you constantly have to ask if someone is talking to you.

madison786 Says:


This name is WAYYY to overused at my school, There are about 4 Graces in my school and this is my cousins name and she suits it so much! But its one of my favorite names.

faithnamer Says:


This is my sister's name and she's always known at least one other person with her name. It is a very pretty name though! Her middle name is Ellen.

EryGasai Says:


It's not one of my favourites, but I believe it has a strong yet feminine sound that makes it a good girl name. I'd like to see it more in the front spot, since it's really overused in the middle, like another user said.

unicornluvgirl Says:


I love this name! So feminine and sweet.

MaryKathryn Says:


Overused in the middle, I believe it deserves more use in the front spot. Grace is a gorgeous name and Gracie is just as adorable.

Sweekune Says:


Common but for a reason! It's a beautiful name that denotes a desirable characteristic. It has style and is classic.