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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 While some of the Puritanical virtue names such as Obedience and Modesty might be a bit too outdated for a 21st century child, there are plenty of modern virtue names that would feel right at home on today’s playgrounds.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.

  • Constance

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    Constance is one of the more subtle of the virtue baby names, but still has quite a prim and proper image. One impediment to its revival has been the decidedly... Read More 

  • Constant

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    A traditional French male name that could, with American pronunciation, become an admirable word name. Read More 

  • Cornelia

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    In ancient Rome, Cornelia was considered the paragon of womanly virtue, making it a handsome name with an excellent pedigree. It's rare today, so if you want a name no one else is using, somewhat... Read More 

  • Creed

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    Creed appeared on the US Top 1000 for the first time in over a century in 2016; it was the year's second-fastest-rising boys' name. It probably got a bump from the seventh movie in the... Read More 

  • Delight

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    The mythical daughter of Eros and Psyche becomes a modern-sounding word name. Danger: could be seen as X-rated. Read More 

  • Democracy

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    Righteous brother of Peace and Justice -- all of whom might have a hard time during playground recess.Read More 

  • Destiny

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    If Destiny is your daughter's destiny, she probably won't be the only one in her school: until 2009, Destiny was in the Top 50, with three of its alternate spellings in hot pursuit. It has since... Read More 

  • Dharma

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    In Buddhism, Dharma embodies the basic principles of cosmic existence--making it a fitting name for the hippyish character on the sitcom Dharma and Greg, whose middle name was Freedom. ... Read More 

  • Discovery

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    Adventurous word choice, but still quite a burden for a child to bear. Read More 

  • Divinity

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    Could be a sister to Trinity, Genesis, or Heaven. Read More 

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