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 While some of the Puritanical virtue names such as Obedience and Modesty might be a bit too outdated for a 21st century child, there are plenty of modern virtue names that would feel right at home on today’s playgrounds.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

  • Felicity

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Felicity is as accessible a virtue name as Hope and Faith, but much more feminine -- and dare we say, happier. The hit TV show did a lot to soften and modernize the once buttoned-up image of... Read More 

  • 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 

  • Forever

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Eternal--or eternally pretentious? 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 

  • Fortune

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Fortune is a middle name choice designed to generate good luck and prosperity. Read More 

  • Freedom

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Like Justice and Peace, this word name makes a very strong statement. Ving Rhames chose it for his boy. Read More 

  • Generosity

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Full-hearted new virtue choice, though five syllables is a lot to handle. Read More 

  • Glory

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Glory sounds fresh and uplifting and a lot more modern than Gloria (which is definitely feeling the stirrings of a revival, though some might still view it as a terminal Old Lady name). Glory, as... Read More 

  • Grace

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Who would have thought such a simple and pure virtue name as Grace, which originally referred to divine grace, could ever become trendy? Because that's what Grace is, chosen by celebrities such as... Read More 

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