Charity

First Name
34k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Charity" mean? The list below shows the origins of Charity as well as things modernly associated with the name Charity such as celebrities named Charity.

Origin and Meaning of Charity

"Charity" is a name of English origin, and it means "Giving, Kindness". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Char"i*ty
Senses
  1. Love; universal benevolence; good will."Now abideth faith, hope, charity, three; but the greatest of these is charity." [1. Cor. xiii. 13.]"They, at least, are little to be envied, in whose hearts the great charities . . . lie dead." [Ruskin.]"With malice towards none, with charity for all." [Lincoln.]
  2. Liberality in judging of men and their actions; a disposition which inclines men to put the best construction on the words and actions of others."The highest exercise of charity is charity towards the uncharitable." [Buckminster.]
  3. Liberality to the poor and the suffering, to benevolent institutions, or to worthy causes; generosity."The heathen poet, in commending the charity of Dido to the Trojans, spake like a Christian." [Dryden.]
  4. Whatever is bestowed gratuitously on the needy or suffering for their relief; alms; any act of kindness."She did ill then to refuse her a charity." [L'Estrange.]
  5. A charitable institution, or a gift to create and support such an institution; as, Lady Margaret's charity .
  6. pl.[Law] Eleemosynary appointments [grants or devises] including relief of the poor or friendless, education, religious culture, and public institutions."The charities that soothe, and heal, and bless, Are scattered at the feet of man like flowers." [Wordsworth.]
    synonyms: Love; benevolence; good will; affection; tenderness; beneficence; liberality; almsgiving.

Etymology: F. charité fr. L. caritas dearness, high regard, love, from carus dear, costly, loved; asin to Skr. kam to wish, love, cf. Ir. cara a friend, W. caru to love. Cf. Caress

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  1. An activity or gift that benefits the public at large
  2. A kindly and lenient attitude toward people
  3. An institution set up to provide help to the needy
  4. A foundation created to promote the public good (not for assistance to any particular individuals)
  5. Pinnate-leaved European perennial having bright blue or white flowers
Wiktionary

From charity in the Biblical sense of Christian love; first used by Puritans. In early Christian tradition, Faith, Hope and Charity were the martyred daughters of Saint Sophia. The names, taken from 1 Corinthians 13:13 ("And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity") have been translated and used in many languages.

  1. A female given name.

Notable Persons With the Name Charity

Charity Wakefield is an actor and actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2004 to present. Charity was born in Sussex, England, UK.

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Charity Tate is a soap character.

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Charity Shea is a television and television actress. She was most prominent from 2002 to present. Charity was born on December 4th, 1983 in Denver, Colorado, USA.

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Charity Adams Earley is a notable somebody. Her military service ended in 1946.

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Charity Standish is a famed human.

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Chacha Eke is an actor and actress. She has had major accomplishments since 2009. Chacha was given the name Charity Eke in Ebonyi.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Charity

Amy Charity is a notable person. Amy was born on November 25th, 1976.

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Sister Charity is a singer/songwriter and tv presenter. Her ongoing career started in 2000. Sister was given the name Kyobutungi Charity on June 7th, 1980 in Sheema District.

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Blessed Teresa of Calcutta of theMissionaries of Charity is a saint. They hold the title Virgin, Consecrated religious, and Nun.

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John Charity is an athlete for the Rivers Angels F.C.

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How popular is the baby name Charity in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 29 29 0
1881 22 22 0
1882 30 30 0
1883 29 29 0
1884 31 31 0
1885 21 21 0
1886 38 38 0
1887 40 40 0
1888 47 47 0
1889 36 36 0
1890 53 53 0
1891 37 37 0
1892 35 35 0
1893 31 31 0
1894 41 41 0
1895 40 40 0
1896 39 39 0
1897 43 43 0
1898 50 50 0
1899 31 31 0
1900 44 44 0
1901 34 34 0
1902 34 34 0
1903 32 32 0
1904 44 44 0
1905 46 46 0
1906 53 53 0
1907 47 47 0
1908 50 50 0
1909 32 32 0
1910 44 44 0
1911 46 46 0
1912 55 55 0
1913 68 68 0
1914 59 59 0
1915 75 75 0
1916 79 79 0
1917 73 73 0
1918 75 75 0
1919 84 84 0
1920 63 63 0
1921 57 57 0
1922 57 57 0
1923 53 53 0
1924 70 70 0
1925 62 62 0
1926 51 51 0
1927 66 66 0
1928 53 53 0
1929 41 41 0
1930 41 41 0
1931 47 47 0
1932 48 48 0
1933 24 24 0
1934 30 30 0
1935 46 46 0
1936 34 34 0
1937 33 33 0
1938 40 40 0
1939 42 42 0
1940 42 42 0
1941 44 44 0
1942 42 42 0
1943 51 51 0
1944 39 39 0
1945 36 36 0
1946 49 49 0
1947 53 53 0
1948 48 48 0
1949 53 53 0
1950 55 55 0
1951 54 54 0
1952 50 50 0
1953 56 56 0
1954 38 38 0
1955 43 43 0
1956 57 57 0
1957 59 59 0
1958 51 51 0
1959 56 56 0
1960 69 69 0
1961 106 106 0
1962 82 82 0
1963 77 77 0
1964 74 74 0
1965 86 86 0
1966 99 99 0
1967 94 94 0
1968 115 115 0
1969 234 234 0
1970 342 342 0
1971 342 342 0
1972 583 583 0
1973 957 957 0
1974 1,409 1,409 0
1975 1,429 1,421 8
1976 1,208 1,203 5
1977 1,196 1,196 0
1978 1,071 1,066 5
1979 1,202 1,197 5
1980 1,061 1,061 0
1981 970 964 6
1982 858 858 0
1983 814 814 0
1984 790 790 0
1985 917 912 5
1986 861 856 5
1987 741 741 0
1988 648 648 0
1989 568 568 0
1990 536 536 0
1991 552 552 0
1992 485 485 0
1993 515 515 0
1994 483 483 0
1995 495 495 0
1996 489 489 0
1997 464 464 0
1998 476 476 0
1999 482 482 0
2000 606 606 0
2001 574 574 0
2002 543 543 0
2003 534 534 0
2004 504 504 0
2005 421 421 0
2006 432 432 0
2007 436 436 0
2008 368 368 0
2009 314 314 0
2010 314 314 0
2011 309 309 0
2012 272 272 0
2013 257 257 0
2014 244 244 0
2015 202 202 0

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Popularity of Charity as a first name

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Popularity of Charity as a last name

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Common last names for Charity

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  • Johnson
  • Jones
  • Brown
  • Davis
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  • Moore
  • Miller
  • Thomas
  • Young
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Common first names for Charity

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Charity U.S.
  White 20.94% 64.26%
  African American 69.98% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.80% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.99% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 5.68% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.61% 16.26%

Of Last Name Charity

People with the last name Charity are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Charity

  • How Popular is the name Charity? Charity is the 1,246th most popular name of all time. As a last name Charity was the 17,428th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Charity have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 34,041 babies born with the first name Charity in the United States. That's more than enough people named Charity to occupy the country of San Marino with an estimated population of 32,312 (as of March 31, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Charity? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 29 new born babies.
  • When was Charity first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Charity is Saturday, March 23rd, 1867.
  • What year had the most people named Charity born? The highest recorded use of the first name Charity was in 1975 with a total of 1,421 babies. That's a lot of babies named Charity!
  • Random Charity Factoid: According to the 1975 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Charity ranks 100th in popularity as a baby girl's name in South Dakota. Imagine that, 11 babies in South Dakota have the same name as you in 1975.
  • Weird things about the name Charity: Your name in reverse order is Ytirahc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Tcaryih. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Charity? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,619 people with the last name Charity.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Charity? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Charity as their last name since less than 1 person in 182k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

What Charity's Have Visited This Page?

What does the name Charity mean?

Cis for confident, no doubts here!

His for honor, your most valuable possession.

Ais for articulate, a regular wordsmith

Ris for romantic, hopelessly so

Iis for ideals, no higher!

Tis for treasure, of your friendship.

Yis for yes, always open to new possibilities

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.