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Hope / Joy vs. Grace / Faith vs. Love / Charity

What is your favorite virture name and why? I was thinking about using one, but Im not sure if I should or not.

The Top Baby Name is...

Name Votes
Hope / joy 17% (1 votes)
Grace / faith 67% (4 votes)
Love / charity 17% (1 votes)

Comments

My favorite is Patience. My favorite that you have listed is Faith.
posted by guest :: 2009-06-27 22:35:13 | report
I like them in this order:
Joy
Grace
Faith
Hope
Charity
Love

Joy and Grace are the first two because they sound the nicest and have nice meanings. Faith is a little awkward to say and Hope is way too short and abrupt. Charity only gets any sort of a vote because it can be shortened- otherwise, I think its a terrible name, despite the meaning. Love just isn’t a name. As for other virtue names, I think they’re ridiculous and no child should be tortured with such names (like Trinity, Unity, Felicity, etc).
posted by guest :: 2009-06-27 22:35:18 | report
I like Faith the best. I think it is the prettiest and I think you always have to have faith to get through life.
posted by guest :: 2009-06-27 22:35:19 | report
I love Faith!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She was a foster kid that lived with my family for almost 3 years. So I will always be biased to Faith, she was like a sister to me and will always be in my heart. On the other hand my least favorite is Joy, that was her mother. We try are hardest not to use the word in our home. No offense to anyone named Joy, just the one I don’t like.

After Faith I like Grace then Hope. Love doesn’t really seem like a name. Charity is pretty, but I also like Trinity. When I have kids, my first daughter will have the middle name Faith!
posted by guest :: 2009-06-27 22:36:52 | report
I should also add that most virtue names are very "hippie" and people who read job applications will very soon discard ones with names like Love or Destiny because they sound like people who come from uneducated families.
posted by guest: 2nd poster :: 2009-06-27 22:37:00 | report
I like them in this order :
Hope
Joy
Grace
Charity
Faith
Love
posted by guest :: 2009-06-27 22:37:13 | report
I like Love and Charity because there not as common as the others and there really cute i would use Love as a middle name Charity Love would be cute do you want any other name suggestion
posted by guest: Jordan :: 2009-06-27 22:38:18 | report
I totally agree. Without Faith, you can get no where in life. It’s my fav too!
posted by guest :: 2009-06-27 22:38:25 | report
Grace for sure. And Joy is really pretty when added onto other names, like Joy-Anna or Joy-Leigha.
posted by guest: Jay :: 2009-06-27 22:38:28 | report
I dont really like Love either, but I have seen it as people’s middle names alot, and thought it was used. Thanks everyone!
posted by guest: poll creator :: 2009-06-27 22:38:42 | report
Yes, suggestions would be nice. Thank you.
posted by guest :: 2009-06-27 22:39:36 | report
Agreed, without Faith, you cannot get through life. I also believe that Joy is a perfect name for the bundle of Joy you are about to receive and Grace for God’s grace in blessing you with a child. Hope is pretty too, but it does sound a bit like all your hopes rely on this child. Love is a little over the top and Charity sounds a bit strange on a child.
posted by guest :: 2009-06-27 22:40:52 | report
I think these names are way overused and need to go into retirement. It seems that every other child has one of these names either as a first or middle. Time to be a bit more creative and not so cookie-cutter.
posted by guest :: 2009-06-27 22:56:49 | report
What are your names, pp? Just trying to get some ideas on what names are not overused and cooke cutter...
posted by guest: poll creator :: 2009-06-27 23:01:26 | report
*what are your kids names*
posted by guest: poll creator :: 2009-06-27 23:01:53 | report
Alexandra Leah is my name, no kids yet, doing IVF this winter!
posted by guest :: 2009-06-27 23:03:43 | report
Congrats! Good look naming the baby/babies, Im sure you will have people downing them. (as everyone usually does) I think I will keep with a virture name, thanks anyway.
posted by guest :: 2009-06-27 23:06:09 | report
I don’t really care what other people think, I go with what I like just as you should but you did ask ..."I was thinking about using one, but I’m not sure if I should or not." So if virtue names are your thing then you should do what you want but I was just giving you an honest opinion on why I thought "not".
I really only have a problem with Grace, Faith & Joy in the overused department... I like Verity and ones that are bit uncommon. If you’re already pregnant then good luck and best wishes.
posted by guest :: 2009-06-27 23:12:32 | report
Im sorry, my hormones are going crazy right now. You are right, I did kind of ask for opinions. The way you said it just sounded very rude.
posted by guest: poll creator :: 2009-06-27 23:17:54 | report
Sorry, not intended to make you mad. I admit I have a huge hang-up with a few of those names but like I said Verity, Amity and the like are really nice. Are you thinking of them as first names or middle names. (Sorry your hormones are going crazy, I can’t wait.... though once they start I won’t remember thinking this!)
posted by guest :: 2009-06-27 23:23:03 | report
Well, I was thinking first name, but alot of people are trying to talk me out of it.. (especially family) I do think Verity is pretty, hmm. I really like that.
posted by guest :: 2009-06-27 23:33:11 | report
K, I looked up some:
*Note - I know some of these aren’t the greatest, just giving you the full list.

Amity
Charity
Chastity
Emer
Esperanza
Faith
Felicity
Grace
Honor
Justice
Mercy
Modesty
Patience
Peace
Prudence
Purity
Serenity
Temperance
Truth
Verity
Virtue
Wisdom

Is there a special reason for a virtue name? I was thinking perhaps if you are looking to appease your family maybe pick a virtue name you like and find a name that means that. If you’re not worried about family then do what makes you happy, this is YOUR baby, besides, once they see her they won’t care at all what her name is, they’ll just be in love.
posted by guest :: 2009-06-27 23:42:50 | report
grace and charity are my 2 faves. charity is nice because its very uncommon
posted by guest :: 2009-06-27 23:51:04 | report
No real reason really, I just thought it would be pretty, and thought it would be a nice name to have. I know her name should be something I love, but I dont want everyone to have her name! Thanks for suggesting Verity, that is my new favorite, Hope was before.
posted by guest :: 2009-06-27 23:51:23 | report
You’re welcome. I’m sure whatever you pick will be lovely. Good luck.
posted by guest :: 2009-06-27 23:53:09 | report
By the way, why do they hate it?
posted by guest :: 2009-06-27 23:56:36 | report
Thanks. They just think that she will have alot to live up to. I guess that is true though.
posted by guest: poll creator :: 2009-06-28 00:02:22 | report
Hmmm, wasn’t expecting that answer. My opinion is that sometimes a name is just a name and not something to live up to. I mean, my name mean "defender of mankind" and it’s never crossed my mind to somehow fulfill that. I understand that with virtue names the meanings are self-evident but if someone named their child Chastity or Purity does that mean they should live their lives like nuns? Never get married? Sometimes names are just beautiful and call to us. I think your family might be overthinking it. Sorry for being verbose!
posted by guest :: 2009-06-28 00:13:10 | report
My 3 favourite from your list in order:
Hope
Grace
Love

Joy is okay. Kind of short.
Faith is okay, but kind of plain to me.
Charity is pretty, but at the same time kind of harsh-sounding somehow.

I really love virtue names like these, but only as first names. Then it seems like you really did like the name. As middle names, they sound more like filler names. My middle name is Grace, and I always wished it was something that sounded like my parents put more thought into it.
posted by guest :: 2009-12-27 22:38:16 | report
My wife and I have used Grace, Faith, Joy, Hope and Mercy as middle names. For our latest little girl (due 3/21), we are considering Patience, Peace and Glory.
posted by guest :: 2010-01-13 14:19:30 | report
My dauhgters are Gracelyn and Joylnn i’m looking for something similar that would go with lyne
posted by guest: Lisa :: 2010-02-10 09:41:36 | report
I have a virtue middle name and therefore have given both my daughters virtue middle names. I wish there were more masculine virtue names I could use and love if I ever have as boy, best so far is trust.

Glorilyn
Mercilyn
Emerlyn
posted by guest: Signing Mama :: 2010-06-26 01:29:08 | report

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