Girl Names baby name Grace

What does the name Grace mean?

The different meanings of the name Grace are:
  • American meaning: Beauty of form
  • Latin meaning: Grace of God
The meaning of the name “Grace” is different in several languages, countries and cultures and has more than one possibly same or different meanings available.

Additional information: Grace is a feminine English name derived from the Latin gratia, meaning ‘gracious’. Originally a virtue name created by the Puritans, the name Grace has a lot more modernity than names such as Clemency and Illumination – other more modern virtue names are Faith, Verity, and Amity. To Christians, grace means free salvation from God. It is also the name of the prayer said before a meal. In Greek mythology, the three Graces were goddesses of charm, beauty, fertility, nature and creativity - they were normally Aglaia, Thalia and Euphrosyne.

Names that sound like Grace are Gracie and Gracelyn, and these names can also be used as diminutives for Grace. Foreign variants tend to be more similar to the Latin gratia, including the Italian Grazia and the Spanish Gracia. However, a name more like Grace is the French Grâce. Common misspellings of Grace are ‘Greace’, ‘Gace’, and ‘Grase’.

The name Grace decreased in popularity from the fifties until the nineties, struggling to make it into the top 200 names for girls in the USA. However, it saw an increase in popularity in the late nineties, and has spent the 21st century in the top thirty names for girls, hitting 21st in 2014 and the 17th most popular girl's name in the US in 2006. Grace is an equally popular name in England and Wales – it was the most popular name for girls in 2006, but fell slightly in popularity in the following years to thirteenth in 2013. The name saw some popularity as a masculine name in the USA during the start of the twentieth century, but never anything substantial.

Famous people named Grace include Grace Kelly (American actress and Princess of Monaco), who died in 1982 following a car crash, Grace Bauer (American poet), and Grace Gummer (American actress, daughter of Don Gummer and Meryl Streep).

There was an urban legend (more common during the twentieth century) that Grace Slick, the singer from Jefferson Airplane, had named her daughter ‘god’, “with a small g because we want her to be humble”. This was actually a joke Grace Slick pulled on the nurse, and her daughter was named ‘China’.