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:

  • Mercy

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    The quality of mercy makes this lovely Puritan virtue name undervalued today. Although it was most popular in the late nineteenth century, Mercy is on its way to a comeback -- it rose 143 spots... Read More 

  • Merritt

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    This unusual unisex surname name is pretty evenly divided between the sexes these days than it was in the late 1800s and early 1900s, when it was almost entirely male.

    Merritt was a... Read More 

  • Modesty

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Modesty is a virtue name dating to Roman times, but never widely used, except for hot 1960s movie spoof heroine, Modesty Blaise, based on a comic strip. Read More 

  • Noble

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    With parents beginning to show an interest in virtue names for boys, this Puritan favorite just might be revived, for what could be more admirable than nobility in terms of having strength of... Read More 

  • Patience

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Patience is a passive virtue turned engaging name, fresher than Hope, Faith, or even Charity. Its resemblance to the trendy Payton may be one reason for its recent spike in popularity. ... Read More 

  • Pleasant

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    An admirable quality to impart; Pleasant was used by Charles Dickens in Our Mutual Friend and in modern times is known via American Girl dolls creator Pleasant Rowland. Read More 

  • Prudence

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Prudence, like Hope and Faith, is a Puritan virtue name with a quiet charm and sensitivity that is slowly returning to favor, though it hasn't yet registered on the charts.

    The White... Read More 

  • Quadeisha

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Familiar-sounding hybrid name, made more unusual by virtue of the Q. Read More 

  • Silence

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    The Puritans used it as a virtue name -- but today it would just be considered weird: silence is no longer golden. Read More 

  • Sincerity

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    A Puritan-virtue type name that could possibly work for a modern baby with its rhythmic four-syllable sound and admirable meaning.Read More 

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