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Virtue baby names: The cool new trend

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Virtue baby names, such as Faith and Justice, are meaningful and unique which makes them an appealing choice for parents.  The early American Puritans were one of the first to embrace virtue baby names, as they hoped their child would take on some of those same characteristics. Check out our picks of virtue names for boys and girls.


Virtue baby names are one of the hottest baby name trends. In fact, the names Grace and Destiny are climbing up the Social Security Administration’s Top baby name list. Many celebrities are jumping on the bandwagon as well, with stars like Jessica Alba naming her daughter Honor.

How can you find the perfect virtue baby name for your baby girl or boy? Think about what characteristic you would your child to have and then incorporate that into the baby name.  These names also make great middle baby name choices and the name Grace is actually one of the most popular middle name choices for girls.

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Virtue baby names for girls

Need some inspiration? Check out some of our favorite virtue baby names for girls:

  • Patience
  • Verity
  • Amity
  • Truth
  • Purity
  • Peace
  • Prudence
  • Trinity
  • Mercy
  • Charity
  • Faith
  • Honor
  • Joy

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Virtue baby names for boys

Boy virtue names are not as popular as girl virtue names --- which makes them the perfect choice for parents looking for a more unique name. Check out some of our top picks:

  • Noble
  • Patriot
  • Royal
  • Regal
  • Rebel
  • Radiance
  • Resolve
  • Swift
  • Valor
  • Wisdom
  • Justice
  • Charisma
  • Dare
  • Constance
  • Clarity
  • Admire
  • Lucky

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Finding the right virtue name

Before choosing a virtue name, make sure it is a characteristic you wish your child to have. For instance, if you name your son Rebel – will it make him more rebellious? It is interesting to note that the Puritans took virtue names to the extreme and records indicate that named their children Fear, Temperance, Silence, Obedience and (drum roll, please) Hate-Evil.

Although we would put those names on the list of what NOT to name baby, many of these virtue names, such as Grace, Faith, Noble and Justice, would make great baby names for your son or daughter.

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