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Quick Facts on Faith

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 1
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 89
Simple meaning:
Believing and trusting in God or some other higher power

Characteristics of Faith

  • Authoritative
  • Powerful
  • Tough
  • Tenacious
  • Wealthy
  • Problem-solver
  • Achiever

Etymology & Historical Origin - Faith

Faith is essentially an English vocabulary word that defines the firm belief or trust in a supreme being, namely God. Obviously the word goes beyond just its religious meaning, but it’s from this perspective that the female given name, Faith, originates as a so-called “virtue” name. The English borrowed the word from the Old French “feid” which itself was derived from the Latin “fidēs” meaning “trust, belief, reliance, confidence” (from the root “fidere” meaning “to trust”). Ultimately, the word “faith” and its cognates in other Indo-European languages has been traced to the Proto-Indo-European root *bheidh- meaning "to force; advise, confide, encourage" (Pok. 117) or from *bheudh- meaning “to awaken, be aware” (Pok. 150). The Theological sense of the word did not develop until much later in the 13th century (i.e., the duty of fulfilling one’s trust in God). Faith is basically “trust in God”. Faith’s wide usage as a given name for girls is owed to the 17th century Puritans. They are responsible for popularizing the “virtue names” (i.e., Faith, Hope and Charity). Westerners continue to be “faithful” to this name. It shows up on the Top 100 lists of baby girl names in many English-speaking nations: Northern Ireland, England, Canada, the United States and Scotland.

Popularity of the Name Faith

Faith has claimed a position on America’s Top 1000 list for at least 120 years; however, given the Puritan penchant for using “virtue” names, we suspect Faith has been around since the colonies, no pun intended. The name did plateau in usage from the 1940s to the 80s, but then it started to gain some ground. Faith is experiencing a revival today, having achieved Top 100 status in 1999 (she even got as high as #48 on the charts in 2002). Faith beats out her virtuous sisters, Hope and Charity, in popularity by a long shot. In fact, the only other “virtue” name higher on the charts right now than Faith is Grace. If you like the name Faith but want to be a little more original or creative, there are two other baby girl names on America’s Top 1000 list meaning the same. Imani is the Swahili word for Faith and Vera is Russian for Faith.
Popularity of the Girl Name Faith
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Faith

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Faith

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Faith

    Faith (Young Goodman Brown) Faith is a character in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1835 short story, “Young Goodman Brown” which takes place in 17th century Puritan New England. Faith is highly symbolic, a character whose name was obviously carefully chosen by Hawthorne. As her name suggests, Faith is pure-hearted and angelic. She provides the moral compass of the story and represents the force of good in the world. Once her husband, the Young Goodman Brown, perceives that she has been corrupted, he rushes toward the devilish witches’ gathering exclaiming, “My Faith is gone.” Once he abandons “his faith,” he lives out his life as a suspicious, embittered and unhappy man.

  • Popular Songs on Faith

    Popular Songs on Faith

    Faith - a song by George Michael

    Faith - a song by Limp Bizkit

    Faith - a song by Celine Dion song

    Faith - a song by Celtic singer Sharon Knight

    Faith - a song by Jordin Sparks

    Faith - a song by The Cure

    Faith - a song by Air Supply

    Faith in Love - a song by Air Supply

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Faith

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Faith

    Faith and the Electric Dogs (Patrick Jennings) - Narrated by a Mexican street dog who befriends an unhappy girl and flies with her in a home-made rocket to an uncharted island, this first novel is "a soaring flight into magic realism," says Publisher’s Weekly. Recommended for ages 8-12.

  • Famous People Named Faith

    Famous People Named Faith

    Famous People Named Faith - Faith Evans (singer); Faith Ford (actress); Faith Hill (country singer)

  • Children of Famous People Named Faith

    Children of Famous People Named Faith

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Faith - Clive Brook (actor); Keith Urban (country singer); Nicole Kidman (actress); Rick Schroder (actor)

  • Historic Figures

    Faith - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Faith - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Faith.

Personality of the Girl Name Faith

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Variations of the Baby Name - Faith

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