Grace


Gender: Feminine
Origin: English
Meaning: comes directly from the word

Grace is an English given name derived from the Latin, gratia. It has been in usage since the Middle Ages, but was further popularized during the 17th-century, especially among Puritans.

Among Christians, the name is usually used in reference to the divine grace of God.

Currently, Grace is the 4th most popular female name in the United Kingdom/Wales (2008) and the 21st most popular in the United States.

The lowest she has ever ranked in United States naming history was in 1977 coming in as the 397th most popular female name. The highest she has ranked so far was in 1883-1884, coming in as the 13th most popular female name and again in 2004-2003.

In the United States, she is probably one of the most popular middle name options on girls.

Her rankings in other countries are as follows:

# 14 (Australia, 2007)
# 5 (Tasmania, Australia, 2009)
# 18 (Canada, B.C., 2008)
# 7 (Ireland, 2008)
# 10 (Isle of Man, 2008)

The name is also borne by a few Christian saints, one of whom was an early Cornish saint.

Cognates for Grace include:

  • Grâce (French)
  • Gratienne (French)
  • Gratia (German/Latin)
  • Grazia (Italian)
  • Graziana (Italian)
  • Graziella (Italian)
  • Grazietta (Italian)
  • Grazina (Italian)
  • Graziosa (Italian)
  • Graziuccia (Italian: originally a diminutive form, used occasionally as an independent given name)
  • Zazzina (Italian: contracted form of Grazina).
  • Gracja (Polish)
  • Gracjana (Polish)
  • Graça (Portuguese)
  • Graciete (Portuguese)
  • Gracinda (Portuguese)
  • Graciana (Slovene/Spanish)
  • Gracija (Slovene)
  • Gracijela/Gracjela (Slovene)
  • Gracia (Spanish)
  • Graciella (Spanish)
  • Graciosa (Spanish)

Common Italian compositional forms are: Maria Grazia and Grazia Maria. In Spanish, its Maria Gracia, Portuguese, Maria da Graça and in English, Mary Grace. All these forms were originally used in honour of Our Lady of Grace, among Roman Catholics. Currently, Mary Grace is the 9th most popular female name in the Philippines (2006).

Italian masculine forms are: Graziano, Grazio, Graziello, Grazietto, Graziolo and Graziuccio.

A Polish masculine form is Gracjan, and there is also the Latin form of Gratian/Gratianus.

Slovene masculine forms are: Gracijano/Gracijan/Gracjano.

French male name is Gratien.

The name was borne by actress and Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly (1929-1982).

A common English pet form is Gracie.

In France, the designated name-day is August 21st.

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5 thoughts on “Grace

    • Thanks Sora, edited and added 🙂

      Magdalena, I really like Gratian too, in English this would be pronounced (GRAY-shen) and I think it would make a cool alternative to the currently trendy Grayson.

      I have a cousin in Poland named Gracjan, and I always thought that was kind of cool.

      • My only concern is that it might sound soft or feminine to English speakers despite having been the name of an emperor. I still love it though. I love Trajan too but it’s completely unusable due due it’s similarity to Trojan which is now only associated with the condom brand.

        Very cool about your cousin.

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