Virtue Names

Virtue names, favored by the Puritans, represent qualities we should embody or at least aspire to. Virtue names that can work as modern baby names include:

  • Fideline

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    A kind of French virtue name, an affectionate form of Fidele.Read More 

  • Fidelity

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Fidelity is an admirable virtue, yes, but as a name it tends to sound like a financial institution. Faith, Honor, or Patience would be easier to live with than Fidelity. Read More 

  • Fortitude

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Fortitude is the kind of virtue name the Puritans favored, but would not be easy for a modern boy to carry. Stick with something a little simpler than Fortitude, like Justice or True.Read More 

  • Grace

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Grace returned to the Top 20 in 2015 after three years hovering just below. Who would have thought such a simple and pure virtue name as Grace, which originally referred to divine grace, could... Read More 

  • Honor

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Honor is a somewhat more pressured 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... Read More 

  • Hope

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Can a name as virtuous as Hope be cool and trendy? Strangely enough -- yes. But though this optimistic Puritan favorite is experiencing substantial popularity, Hope is too pure and elegant to be... Read More 

  • Illumination

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Illumination is a many-syllabled entrant in the new-fashioned virtue name group, but doesn't stand much chance of rivaling shorter choices like Hope and Faith. Read More 

  • Increase

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    One Puritan virtue name unlikely to thrive in the 21st century.Read More 

  • Justice

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Justice, one of the rare virtue names for boys, entered the popularity ranks in 1992, and has remained on the list ever since. Parents' search for names implying virtue has led to a mini-revival... Read More 

  • Loyal

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Loyal is one of the few virtue names suitable for boys, an honorable and principled Boy Scout-esque appellation with a surprisingly long and distinguished history.

    Loyal was a mid-list... Read More 

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