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Quick Facts on Grace

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, French, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 1
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 22
Simple meaning:
To favor

Characteristics of Grace

  • Mystical
  • Wise
  • Eccentric
  • Intuitive
  • Imaginative
  • Philosophical
  • Solitary

Etymology & Historical Origin - Grace

Grace is an English vocabulary word with multiple meanings. It’s synonymous with pleasing words such as elegance, dignity, decency and politeness. It also conveys a generosity of spirit or a term used for a short prayer at mealtimes. Most commonly, however, Grace is the word associated with God’s gift to mankind (i.e., freedom from sin). The word Grace has a long and elaborate pre-Christian existence. It is ultimately believed to be derived from the Proto-Indo-European root *gu̯er(ə)- meaning “to praise, congratulate, raise one’s voice” as evidenced by the Sanskrit “grnati” (sings, praises, announces). Most likely from this same PIE root came the Latin “grātus” meaning “pleasing, agreeable” to the Old French “grace” meaning “favor, good will, thanks” (consider the Spanish word for “thank you”, gracias). The English ultimately borrowed the word from the Old French (Latin). The notion of “grace” referring to “God’s mercy” or “God’s favor” emerged in the late 12th century. Grace in the sense of “beauty of form and movement” appeared in the early 14th century as a classical reference to the Gratiæ, three sister goddesses of Greek mythology who were possessors of charm and beauty. As a female given name, Grace has been in circulation throughout Europe since the late medieval period (14th and 15th centuries). Names that stood for “moral qualities” (e.g., Faith, Hope, Charity, Patience, etc.), became a distinct style of naming among the Puritans after the Protestant Reformation. Today, Grace is a Top 10 favorite baby girl’s name in Ireland, Northern Ireland and England. It’s also ranked quite high in Scotland, Australia, Canada and the United States.

Popularity of the Name Grace

The name Grace has enjoyed a pretty successful history in America for the past century (and longer). The name’s “favored” status dipped during the 1960s, 70s and 80s, but it’s currently back to the heights of its former glory days. Considered a turn-of-the-century classic, the name’s popularity soared starting in the mid-1990s – when this old-fashioned naming trend began to take hold. Still, it’s hard to call a name “trendy” when it hasn’t left the popularity charts for girls in over 100 years! The name has a lovely one-syllable sound to it that is, shall we say, “graceful”? It is also an extremely popular choice as a middle name.
Popularity of the Girl Name Grace
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Grace

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Grace

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Grace

    "Grace" is a short story (The Dubliners) "Grace" is a short story in James Joyce's "The Dubliners" which was published in 1914. The story is a framework of fall, conversion, and redemption which reveals the complicated role of religion in Dubliners’ lives. Searching for grace becomes a central theme.

    Grace Ingalls (Little House series) Grace Ingalls was the fifth and last child born to Charles and Caroline Ingalls made famous in the Little House on the Prairie series of books (first published in 1932). Grace grew up to be a farm wife in South Dakota, and she dabbled a little bit in journalism. She took care of her oldest sister Mary (who was blind) upon the death of her parents.

  • Popular Songs on Grace

    Popular Songs on Grace

    Amazing Grace - a gorgeous song that's been recorded by some of the following artists: Destiny's Child, Diana Ross, Elvis Presley, Glen Campbell, Janis Joplin, Joan Baez, Johnny Cash, LeAnn Rimes, Rod Stewart, Willie Nelson

    But For the Grace Of God - a song by Keith Urban

    By His Grace - a song by Van Morrison

    Grace - a song by U2

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Grace

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Grace

    Grace for President (Kelly S. DiPucchio) - "Where are the girls?" When Grace's teacher reveals that the United States has never had a female president, Grace decides to be the first. And she immediately starts off her political career as a candidate the school's mock election! Author Kelly DiPucchio not only gives readers a fun introduction to the American electoral system, but also teaches them the value of hard work, courage, and independent thought--and offers an inspiring example of how to choose our leaders. Recommended for ages 5-9.

    Just Grace (Charise Mericle Harper) - The third-grader Grace Stewart gets stuck with the name “Just Grace” when she tries to distinguish herself from the three other Graces in her class. Grace is plenty different, though. She has a “teeny-tiny superpower,” for instance—she can tell if someone is unhappy and often tries to fix it. When she concocts an elaborate scheme to help her neighbor Mrs. Luther feel less lonely, however, her good intentions backfire rather dramatically. Headlines such as “What Happened At Home That Was Completely Surprising” and “Spying For A Good Reason Is Not Bad” keep things lively, as do various lists (“Boy Things,” “Rooms You Can Jump In”), comic strips, and the author’s cartoonish spot art. A funny glimpse into a third-grader’s madcap world of dashed hopes, perceived enemies, possible friends, cats, and sandwiches. There are several more titles available in the “Just Grace” book series. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Mr. Lincoln's Whiskers (Karen Winnick) - When Abraham Lincoln was president, what gave him the idea to grow a beard was a letter sent to him by an eleven-year-old girl from Westfield, New York, named Grace Bedell. Winnick tells this true story of the determined little girl who helped create Mr. Lincoln's image, illustrating it with her own beautiful oil paintings that capture the look and feel of 19th-century America. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Princess Grace and the Little Lost Kitten (Jeanna Young and Jacqueline Johnson) - “Search everywhere for the lost kitten. Bring her back safely to the castle.” Princess Grace promised her father she would care for the kittens she found. But Poppy, the curious one, has run away. Princess Grace must find him, even if it means searching the entire kingdom... even braving the Black Woods. Along the way, she remembers a parable Jesus told about God's great love for us and how he, too, searches for each one who is lost. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Grace

    Famous People Named Grace

    Famous People Named Grace - Gracie Allen (wife and comic foil to George Burns); Grace Coolidge (First Lady of the U.S.); Grace Darling (heroine); Grace Kelly (actress/princess); Grace Jones (actress); Grace Slick (musician)

  • Children of Famous People Named Grace

    Children of Famous People Named Grace

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Grace - Christy Turlington (model); Edward Burns (actor/director); Elisabeth Hasselbeck (TV personality); Kevin Costner (actor); Lou Diamond Phillips (actor); Mark Wahlberg (actor); Meryl Streep (actress); Mia Hamm (soccer player); Wynonna Judd (country musician)

  • Historic Figures

    Grace - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Grace Darling (24 Nov 1815 - 20 Oct 1842) - Grace Darling was a Victorian heroine when, in 1838, she with her lighthouse keeper father, daringly rescued sailors caught in a storm off the shores of Northeastern England. The youthful 22-year old with her “windswept hair” caught the popular imagination. Her deed was committed to verse by William Wordsworth in his poem “Grace Darling.”

Personality of the Girl Name Grace

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Variations of the Baby Name - Grace

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