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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...

Hope / Joy


Grace / Faith


Love / Charity


Poll created: Jun 27, 2009
Total Votes: 6


My favorite is Patience. My favorite that you have listed is Faith.
posted by guest :: Jun 27, 2009 10:35 PM | report
I like them in this order:

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 :: Jun 27, 2009 10:35 PM | 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 :: Jun 27, 2009 10:35 PM | 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 :: Jun 27, 2009 10:36 PM | 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 2nd poster :: Jun 27, 2009 10:37 PM | report
I like them in this order :
posted by guest :: Jun 27, 2009 10:37 PM | 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 Jordan :: Jun 27, 2009 10:38 PM | report
I totally agree. Without Faith, you can get no where in life. It’s my fav too!
posted by guest :: Jun 27, 2009 10:38 PM | report
Grace for sure. And Joy is really pretty when added onto other names, like Joy-Anna or Joy-Leigha.
posted by Jay :: Jun 27, 2009 10:38 PM | 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 poll creator :: Jun 27, 2009 10:38 PM | report
Yes, suggestions would be nice. Thank you.
posted by guest :: Jun 27, 2009 10:39 PM | 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 :: Jun 27, 2009 10:40 PM | 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 :: Jun 27, 2009 10:56 PM | report
What are your names, pp? Just trying to get some ideas on what names are not overused and cooke cutter...
posted by poll creator :: Jun 27, 2009 11:01 PM | report
*what are your kids names*
posted by poll creator :: Jun 27, 2009 11:01 PM | report
Alexandra Leah is my name, no kids yet, doing IVF this winter!
posted by guest :: Jun 27, 2009 11:03 PM | 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 :: Jun 27, 2009 11:06 PM | 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 :: Jun 27, 2009 11:12 PM | 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 poll creator :: Jun 27, 2009 11:17 PM | 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 :: Jun 27, 2009 11:23 PM | 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 :: Jun 27, 2009 11:33 PM | report
K, I looked up some:
*Note - I know some of these aren’t the greatest, just giving you the full list.


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 :: Jun 27, 2009 11:42 PM | report
grace and charity are my 2 faves. charity is nice because its very uncommon
posted by guest :: Jun 27, 2009 11:51 PM | 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 :: Jun 27, 2009 11:51 PM | report
You’re welcome. I’m sure whatever you pick will be lovely. Good luck.
posted by guest :: Jun 27, 2009 11:53 PM | report
By the way, why do they hate it?
posted by guest :: Jun 27, 2009 11:56 PM | report
Thanks. They just think that she will have alot to live up to. I guess that is true though.
posted by poll creator :: Jun 28, 2009 12:02 AM | 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 :: Jun 28, 2009 12:13 AM | report
My 3 favourite from your list in order:

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 :: Dec 27, 2009 10:38 PM | 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 :: Jan 13, 2010 02:19 PM | report
My dauhgters are Gracelyn and Joylnn i’m looking for something similar that would go with lyne
posted by Lisa :: Feb 10, 2010 09:41 AM | 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.

posted by Signing Mama :: Jun 26, 2010 01:29 AM | report
I love virtue names! I do love all the ones you listed, here are some more you did not list:
Amity(I really like this name!)
Patience(vary pretty and old-fashond! Just don’t like any nicknames)
Mercy/Merry(I love both and may name my child Mercy someday!)
Glory/Gloria(Pretty. I esppally like Glory because its less common.)
Felicity(I am considering naming my little girl this! I love it!)
Liberty(if my mom has a girl, this will be her name!I love it!)
Trust(I do like this name)
Hosanna(Love it!)
Rejoice(Love it!)
Don’t feel like you have to name you child a name from this list. I do love all the names you thought of too! My name is Faith, and I have a sister named Charity, so I would have to say they are my favorite from your list, but I do also love Grace, Hope, and Joy espally!
Hope I helped!
posted by guest :: Feb 05, 2015 08:03 AM | report
Gracelyn (Grays-Lynn) or Aliciea (al-esh-eya)
posted by Froggg :: May 24, 2017 08:33 PM | report

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