Virtue Names

Virtue names, favored by the Puritans, represent qualities we should embody or at least aspire to. They are word names that often speak to a parent’s values that they hope to pass on to their children. While some of the Puritanical virtue names such as Obedience and Modesty might be a bit too outdated for a 21st century child, there are plenty of modern virtue names that would feel right at home on today’s playgrounds. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if names like Reverie and Zen or Loyal and True become downright mainstream in the coming years.

  • Able

    The name Able is a boy's name . Able takes this name in the direction of the word denoting someone capable and handle, and that is not a bad way to go.Read More 

  • Ace

    The name Ace is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "one, unity". No longer tied to the hapless Ace Ventura, this jaunty, high-flying nickname name is starting to take flight among celebrity and... Read More 

  • Affinity

    The name Affinity is a girl's name . Sympathetic new twist on a Puritan virtue name. Read More 

  • Amity

    The name Amity is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "friendship". Amity--what nicer gift to give your little girl than a name that signifies friendship and harmony? This virtue name is also... Read More 

  • Awesome

    The name Awesome is a girl's name . A handful of baby girls are named Awesome each year, and they better be.Read More 

  • Benevolent

    The name Benevolent is a boy's name . One of the new generation of virtue names, with Peace and Justice taking over from the Puritans' Absolution and Forgiveness, but this one is still a bit heavy... Read More 

  • Blaze

    The name Blaze is a unisex name of Latin origin meaning "fire". Originally a form of the saint's name Blaise, though now more likely to be a hot word name used for both sexes, though heavily... Read More 

  • Blessed

    The name Blessed is a unisex name. Blessed and Blessing are two new entrants in the word name and virtue name categories, gaining popularity for both boys and girls.Read More 

  • Blessing

    The name Blessing is a girl's name . Blessing may be among the Top 1000 girls' names in the UK but does not rank in the US....yet. But as one of the... Read More 

  • Bliss

    The name Bliss is a unisex name of English origin. This is a name only for parents positive their daughter won't ever have a tantrum. Same goes for Merry, Joy and Gay.Read More 

  • Blythe

    The name Blythe is a girl's name of English origin meaning "happy, carefree". Blythe originated as a nickname for an upbeat person, coming from the Old English word bliðe, meaning “merry” or... Read More 

  • Bravery

    The name Bravery is a unisex name. This one's cutting right to the chase, but with such names as Justice and Peace on the rise, why not? And we guarantee your seven-year-old son will love it,... Read More 

  • Bright

  • Brio

    The name Brio is a unisex name of Italian origin meaning "vivacity, zest". Musical term with a lot of energy.Read More 

  • Calm

    The name Calm is a boy's name . A modern virtue name, particularly desirable in this pressure-cooker world. Read More 

  • Chance

    The name Chance is a unisex name of French origin. Once a cavalier Mississippi gambler type name, Chance has entered the mainstream since being endorsed by such celebrity dads as Larry King and... Read More 

  • Charisma

    The name Charisma is a girl's name . Trying to imbue your child with charisma at birth involves a certain degree of chutzpah. It was brought into the mix by ex. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" actress... Read More 

  • Charity

    The name Charity is a girl's name of English origin. 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,... Read More 

  • Chase

    The name Chase is a unisex name of French origin meaning "to hunt". Chase, with its sleek and ultraprosperous aura, is redolent of the worlds of high finance and international banking. Chase has... Read More 

  • Cheerful

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