English word name

Charity Origin and Meaning

The name Charity is girl's name of English origin meaning "charity".
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 WakefieldEnglish actress
  • Charity SheaAmerican actress
  • Charity RahmerAmerican actress
  • Charity Edna Adams Earleyfirst black American WACS officer
  • Charity Brown (born Phyllis Boltz)Canadian actress
  • Charity Kaluki NgiluKenyan politician
  • Charity OparaNigerian Olympic runner
  • Charity WaciumaKenyan novelist
  • Charity Ogbenyealu AduleNigerian footballer
  • Charity Hallett Barnumwife of American showman P.T. Barnum
  • Charity ClarkeAmerican revolutionary
  • Charity Clarke Mooredaughter of American poet Clement C. Moore, who composed "The Night Before Christmas" for her; granddaughter of Charity Clarke

Charity in Pop Culture

  • Charity Hope Valentinecharacter in musical "Sweet Charity"
  • Charity Channingcharacter in TV series "2 Broke Girls"
  • Charity Burbageteacher in the "Harry Potter" series
  • Charity Dinglea character played by actress Emma Atkins on the British soap "Emmerdale"
  • Charity Standishcharacter on American soap "Passions"
  • Charity Bazaarcharacter on animated series "Histeria!"
  • Charity Morecharacter in "Stargazer" by Claudia Gray
  • Charity Graffmain character in "Cutters Don't Cry" by Christine Dzidrums