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 While some of the Puritanical virtue names such as Obedience and Modesty might be a bit too outdated for a 21st century child, there are plenty of modern virtue names that would feel right at home on today’s playgrounds.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

  • Dream

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Singular and serene noun name that's been used by a couple of celebs. Read More 

  • Earnest

    Gender: M LoveDislike

  • Eloquent

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    If you want to give your child the gift of...gab. Read More 

  • Epiphany

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Epiphany is based on the ancient Greek word for a feeling or realization that comes upon you suddenly. It often relates to the divine, as in the realization that Christ is the son of God. The... Read More 

  • Eternity

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Might have a shot as a name, à la Genesis and Destiny, if it weren't for yet another perfume connection. Read More 

  • Ethereal

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Otherworldly.

    The word -- which connote a spirit-like lightness and perfection -- originally referred to objects that were literally from the "ether," the uppermost region of space. The... Read More 

  • Ever

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Ever's timeless quality would make this evocative word a positive middle name choice for a boy or girl. Alanis Morissette and Souleye named their son Ever Imre.

    Ever also seems to have ties to... Read More 

  • Experience

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Experience is a word name used by the New England Puritans but probably too joke-worthy for a modern child...or teenager. It does not have as direct a biblical reference as most Puritan names.Read More 

  • Faith

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Faith is one of the most straightforward of the virtue names popularized by the Puritans in the seventeenth century, many parents still choosing it as an indicator of their religious conviction.... Read More 

  • Favor

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    This word has too many conflicting associations to make a satisfying name. Read More 

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