Virtue/Spiritual Names

  1. Affinity
    • Origin:

      Word name
    • Description:

      Sympathetic new twist on a Puritan virtue name.
  2. Amity
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "friendship"
    • Description:

      Amity--what nicer gift to give your little girl than a name that signifies friendship and harmony? This virtue name is also more rhythmic and feminine than the single-syllable Hope, Faith, and Grace.
  3. Answer
    • Origin:

      Word name
    • Description:

      An implied spiritual meaning makes this a plausible new name.
  4. Aura
    • Origin:

      Greek
    • Meaning:

      "soft breeze"
    • Description:

      Aura is a New Age-y word turned name turned contemporary slang for karm. In Greek and Roman mythology, Aura was the Titan of the breeze and the fresh, cool air of early morning. But at odds with her peaceful, well, aura, the mythological Aura is a tragic figure, ultimately transformed into a fountain by Zeus.
  5. Blythe
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "happy, carefree"
    • Description:

      Blythe originated as a nickname for an upbeat person, coming from the Old English word bliðe, meaning "merry" or "cheerful." Today the homophone blithe shares the same meaning. Blythe was eventually adapted to a surname before it became a feminine given name.
  6. Charity
    • Origin:

      English word name
    • Meaning:

      "charity"
    • Description:

      Charity is one of the Big Three abstract virtue names, along with Hope and Faith, though far less widely used than the others. But as Faith, Grace and Hope grow more common, some parents are beginning to look at the more unusual three-syllable choices like Verity, Amity, Clarity and Charity, which sound much fresher and also have that pleasingly rhythmic 'y'-ending sound.
  7. Chastity
    • Origin:

      Virtue name
    • Description:

      One of the original so-weird-it's-cruel celebrity baby names doesn't sound quite so impossible with the resurgence of virtue names. But be charitable and choose Charity instead. Variations: Chasa Dee, Chasadie, Chasady, Chasaty, Chasidee, Chasidey, Chasidie, Chasidy, Chasiti, Chasitie, Chasitti, Chasity, Chassedi, Chassidi, Chassidy, Chassiti, Chassity, Chassy, Chasta, Chastady, Chastidy, Chastin, Chastitee, Chastitie, Chastitey, Chastney, Chasty, Chasydi.
  8. Cherish
    • Origin:

      English word name
    • Description:

      So sweet it makes our teeth hurt. It has appeared in the US Top 1000 every year since 2006, though it dropped a significant 136 places from 2014 to 2015, and kept dropping to Number 974 in 2016.
  9. Clarity
    • Origin:

      English virtue name
    • Meaning:

      "the quality of being clear"
    • Description:

      Clarity is one of the lightest of the newly rediscovered virtue names, with a bit of three-syllable sparkle, old-fashioned charm and a clear vision for the future. Clarity is a very desirable quality in this confusing world and it also, unlike some other newly coined word names, has real meaning and history as a name.
  10. Clemency
    • Origin:

      English feminine variation of Clement, Latin
    • Meaning:

      "mild, merciful"
    • Description:

      One of the rarest of virtue names, Clemency could come back along with the more familiar Puritan virtue names such as Hope and Faith. It has a rhythmic three-syllable sound, and offers a more virtuous alternative to the more popular Clementine.
  11. Comfort
    • Origin:

      Word name
    • Description:

      This Puritan virtue name may be unstylish, but it is also sympathetic and appealing in these largely uncomfortable times.
  12. Concordia
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "peace, harmony"
    • Description:

      This name of the goddess of peace creates a lovely ideal.
  13. Delight
    • Origin:

      English word name
    • Meaning:

      "gratification or pleasure"
    • Description:

      The mythical daughter of Eros and Psyche becomes a modern-sounding word name. Danger: could be seen as X-rated.
  14. Democracy
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "democracy, of the people"
    • Description:

      A big, bold, ultra-rare virtue name. Could it follow in the footsteps of Justice and Liberty?
  15. Destiny
    • Origin:

      Word name
    • Description:

      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 dipped a bit in popularity but is still widely used. Destiny Hope was the birth name of Miley Cyrus and Destiny Jones is the daughter or rapper Nas.
  16. Dharma
    • Origin:

      Sanskrit
    • Meaning:

      "truth"
    • Description:

      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.
  17. Dream
    • Origin:

      Word name
    • Description:

      Possible middle name inspiration. Has been used as a first by musical couple Sole and Ginuwine, and basketball star Allen Iverson.
  18. Dream
    • Origin:

      Word name
    • Description:

      Singular and serene noun name that's been used by a couple of celebs.
  19. Eccentricity
    • Origin:

      Word name
    • Description:

      The definition of quirky.
  20. Eloquent
    • Origin:

      Word name
    • Description:

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