Faith, Hope, and Modesty?

November 26th, 2008

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In honor of Thanksgiving, let us remember our Puritan forebears with a nod to their fondness for virtue names.  They believed that one’s name could help shape who they become as a human being, and were certainly creative in some of their best efforts to form the perfect appellation for their young one. 

Some virtue names are still in widespread use today, particularly in the middle spot– Faith, Hope, and Joy are all perennial favorites.  Yet the spectrum offers many intriguing choices that sound very modern. A few could be used on males– Noble, Justice, Prosper, Ardour, Worth?  Perhaps Submit and Chastity may be best left to rest in peace.  

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  And many thanks to T.S., who helped inspire this post.  ;-)

 

VIRTUE NAMES

Amity

Ardour

Blythe

Charisma

Charity

Chastity

Clarity

Clemency

Comfort

Constance

Courage

Desire

Destiny

Endurance

Exuberance

Faith

Felicity

Fidelity

Grace

Harmony

Honesty

Honor

Hope

Humility

Joy

Jubilant

Justice

Liberty

Love

Loyalty

Makepeace

Mercy

Mirth

Modesty

Noble

Obedience

Patience

Piety

Prosper, Prosperity

Prudence

Purity

Remember

Serenity

Submit

Temperance

True, Truth

Unity

Valor

Verity

Worth

15 Responses to “Faith, Hope, and Modesty?”

  1. Alicia Says:

    *sqeee* i LOVE virtue names. I don’t think I’d every use them (I just love other names more), but I have a total soft spot for them.
    I particularly like:
    Amity
    Comfort
    Constance
    Courage
    Felicity
    Honesty
    Honor
    Joy
    Mercy
    Modesty
    Noble
    Patience
    Prudence
    Purity
    Remember
    Serenity
    Temperance
    True
    Unity
    Valor
    Verity
    Worth

  2. Christina Fonseca Says:

    This is indeed a timely post. I like Felicity now; but as a child in the 60s I remember the priest would include her name along with Agatha and others during Sunday Mass – for the longest time I just thought of it as ANCIENT!

    I’m curious about virtue names in other languages. They are quite common in Spanish. My middle name Amparo can be roughly translated as Refuge, and my mother is Consuelo, meaning Consolation.

    Fe, Esperanza and Caridad are Faith, Hope and Charity. Fe is extremely rare, Caridad is occasionally used and Esperanza is quite popular.

    Thanks for your blog and have a Happy Thanksgiving weekend!

  3. Lola Says:

    Oh, Amity, Clement/Clementine, Jubilant (or simply Jubal), Noble, Prosper, Unity & Verity make my heart sing!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you & yours, Elisabeth!

  4. erica Says:

    i know a Prudence (Prue), and several Grace’s.

    i think Prosper would be a wonderful name, as would True.

    still working on a name for our baby, i’m shocked i only have 3 months to go!!

  5. youcantcallitit Says:

    Amity, Verity, Honor, Constance, Mirth, Noble, Prosper, and Jubilant are among my favorites from this list.

    Christina, that’s funny about Felicity. Did they say her name in conjunction with Perpetua? Felicity doesn’t sound particularly religious to me, but I suppose it is. Amparo is gorgeous! I’d love to put together a good list of Catholic word names in Spanish– maybe you can assist me with that if you’d like?

    Erica, is that a child Prudence? I have a real soft spot for that name. What is on your current list. 3 months! That’s exciting!!!

    Hope everybody had a lovely holiday and avoids getting trampled today at the malls. ;-)

  6. Christina Fonseca Says:

    Well, Elisabeth, now that you mentioned it, yes, Felicity (or Felicitas) was said in conjunction with Perpetua. Funny that we name nerds would remember the names although not necessarily the context!

    I googled it and it turns out they are part of the Eucharistic Prayer.

    As for the list of Catholic word names, I’d be happy to share what I have and you can use them anyway you’d like. Email me and I’ll send you something in the next few days.

  7. Heidi Says:

    what about made up virtue names?? who knows any? i know a girl named Trivity… like the pot holder. :(

  8. youcantcallitit Says:

    What about Travesty? Not made up, but new as a name! ;-}

  9. ShellyOk Says:

    Not virtue names in another language, but through time spent in Nigeria and Tanzania, I have met people with the following names:

    Gracious

    Overblessing

    Youngsaviour

    Freedom

    Goodlove

    Goodluck

    Lucky

    Amen

    Precious

    Modesta

    Those are the names I can think of off the top of my head.

  10. youcantcallitit Says:

    Hey ShellyOK, that’s quite a list! I do kind of love Modesta, and Overblessing is an interesting union of words! Thanks so much for that.

  11. Mia Says:

    I think Makepeace could be an interesting middlename option for the creative namer.

    I have a soft spot for Temperance, but I don’t care for “Tempie” as a nickname. FWIW, Temperance is the first name of the title character on the TV show “Bones”, and it is an cleric spell in EverQuest (an online RPG), which might give it a high nerd quotient… But I like it.

    It isn’t on your list, but Silence has grown on me as well. It might have a little bit of a dark edge to it, though.

  12. Aj Says:

    i love virtue names!
    one of my favorites that i never see on hardly any lists is Divinity.
    i know that i didn’t make it up! :P
    i like it, and i seem to be the only one.

  13. JL Says:

    Divinity isn’t a “virtue”…. it’s CANDY.

    Or:
    1. the nature of a deity or the state of being divine
    2. a god or other divine being
    3. (Christian Religious Writings / Theology) (often capital; preceded by the) another term for God
    4. (Christian Religious Writings / Theology) another word for theology

    A “virtue” is a positive trait or quality subjectively deemed to be morally excellent, such as the virtue of “Patience”.

    Thus, Divinity is not a virtue, but a “state of being” (or candy)… so, in either case, it won’t be on a list of “virtue” names!

  14. Amy Says:

    What about Earnest, Victor, Grant(ed), Legacy, Providence, Clement/Clemence as a masculine form of Clemency?

    My daughter’s middle name is Joy, and on my middle name list for this baby I have Grace, Hope, Faith, Felicity, Patience, and Mercy for a girl, and Justice, Grant, Providence & Emmanuel for a boy. Courage, Noble and Truth are nice, strong, masculine names too.

    JL: Prosper and Remember are really virtues either, but they are on the list. I think Trinity, Divinity, Emmanuel, etc, can be put in the same category of names.

  15. Amy Says:

    I meant “aren’t”

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