Grace Name Meaning

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Longing for a name for your baby girl that's the perfect mix of vintage and modern? Grace is an elegant choice to consider.

The name Grace is of Latin origin and was first used as a reference to the phrase "God's grace." Grace's meanings include charm, goodness, and generosity.

In Greek mythology, the name Grace is tied to beauty and joy. The three Graces were considered to be the goddesses of nature, bringing purity to the name.

The Puritans were introduced to the name Grace in the 16th century and later brought the name with them to America. Grace was a commonly used name at the turn of both the 20th and 21st centuries.

  • Origin: The name Grace is of Latin origin and refers to the phrase, “the grace of God.” Grace is one of the most popular virtue names.
  • Gender: Grace is historically the feminine form of the name. Masculine variations include Charis, Grayson, or Grazio.
  • Pronunciation: grace

Although many baby names are separated by gender, Verywell Family believes that sex does not need to play a role in your name selection process. It’s important to select a name that you feel suits your new baby the best.

How Popular Is the Name Grace?

Grace was a top-20 name in the early 1900s before gradually declining in popularity throughout the decades. The name picked up steam once again in the 1990s, continuing its trend of climbing the charts around the turn of a new century.

The name Grace was most popular in 2004 when it ranked #13 on the Social Security Administration's list of female names. The latest statistics rank the name Grace as the #28 name for girls in America.

Name Variations

Grace is a popular name that has existed across the globe for centuries. Variations of this name include:

  • Grâce (French)
  • Greis, Graciela (Albanian)
  • Gráinne (Irish)
  • Grazia, Graziella (Italian)
  • Gratia (Latin)
  • Gracja (Polish)
  • Graça, Gracília (Portuguese)
  • Gràinne (Scottish Gaelic)
  • Gracia, Graciela (Spanish)
  • Garazi (Basque)
  • Грация (Bulgarian)

Similar Names

Grace is a classic, delicate name. If you appreciate the simplistic beauty of the name Grace, you may also enjoy:

  • Alice
  • Amelia
  • Audrey
  • Charlotte
  • Clara
  • Elizabeth
  • Emma
  • Hannah
  • Juliet
  • Lucy
  • Madeline
  • Rose

Other girl names starting with G:

  • Gabriella/Gabrielle
  • Gemma
  • Genevieve
  • Georgia
  • Gianna/Gia
  • Gillian
  • Giselle
  • Giuliana
  • Gloria
  • Goldie
  • Greta
  • Gwen
  • Gwyneth

Common Nicknames

Grace is a short and sweet name that many people choose not to abbreviate. Others go with the youthful nickname, Gracie, which adds some playfulness to the more formal Grace.

Gracie originated as a Scottish surname but has been adapted as a popular moniker for the name Grace. Other nickname options to consider are Gee, Gigi, or Gray/Grey.

Suggested Sibling Names

  • Alexander
  • Benjamin
  • David
  • Luke
  • Oliver
  • William
  • Anna
  • Catherine
  • Claire
  • Eloise
  • Victoria

Famous People Named Grace

The name Grace is commonly associated with femininity, allure, and refinement. The most well-known figures with this name embody these meanings, personifying their definition. Famous people with the name Grace range from writers, actors, and royalty.

Famous Graces:

  • Grace Bauer, American poet
  • Grace Jones, Jamaican model
  • Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco
  • Grace Lumpkin, American writer
  • Grace Phipps, American actress

Famous Gracies:

  • Gracie Abrams, American singer
  • Gracie Dzienny, American actress
  • Gracie Gold, American figure skater

Fictional Graces

  • Grace Adler, Will & Grace
  • Grace Hanadarko, Saving Grace
  • Grace HollowayDr. Who
  • Grace Van PeltThe Mentalist
  • Grace Van OwenL.A. Law

More Baby Names

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By Renee Plant
Renee Plant is a health and wellness freelance writer with a passion for delivering well-researched, factual content to readers.