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Grace

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What does the name Grace mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Grace

"Grace" is a name of Latin origin, and it means "Grace of God". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Grace
Senses
  1. The exercise of love, kindness, mercy, favor; disposition to benefit or serve another; favor bestowed or privilege conferred."To bow and sue for grace With suppliant knee." [Milton.]
  2. [Theol] The divine favor toward man; the mercy of God, as distinguished from His justice; also, any benefits His mercy imparts; divine love or pardon; a state of acceptance with God; enjoyment of the divine favor."And if by grace, then is it no more of works." [Rom. xi. 6.]"My grace is sufficicnt for thee." [2 Cor. xii. 9.]"Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound." [Rom. v. 20.]"By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand." [Rom. v.2]
  3. [Law]
    1. The prerogative of mercy execised by the executive, as pardon.
    2. The same prerogative when exercised in the form of equitable relief through chancery.
  4. Fortune; luck; -- used commonly with hard or sorry when it means misfortune.(Obs)
  5. Inherent excellence; any endowment or characteristic fitted to win favor or confer pleasure or benefit."He is complete in feature and in mind. With all good grace to grace a gentleman." [Shak.]"I have formerly given the general character of Mr. Addison's style and manner as natural and unaffected, easy and polite, and full of those graces which a flowery imagination diffuses over writing." [Blair.]
  6. Beauty, physical, intellectual, or moral; loveliness; commonly, easy elegance of manners; perfection of form." Grace in women gains the affections sooner, and secures them longer, than any thing else." [Hazlitt.]"I shall answer and thank you again For the gift and the grace of the gift." [Longfellow.]
  7. pl.[Myth] Graceful and beautiful females, sister goddesses, represented by ancient writers as the attendants sometimes of Apollo but oftener of Venus. They were commonly mentioned as three in number; namely, Aglaia, Euphrosyne, and Thalia, and were regarded as the inspirers of the qualities which give attractiveness to wisdom, love, and social intercourse."The Graces love to weave the rose." [Moore.]"The Loves delighted, and the Graces played." [Prior.]
  8. The title of a duke, a duchess, or an archbishop, and formerly of the king of England."How fares your Grace !" [Shak.]
  9. [Commonly pl] Thanks.(Obs)"Yielding graces and thankings to their lord Melibeus." [Chaucer.]
  10. A petition for grace; a blessing asked, or thanks rendered, before or after a meal.
  11. pl.[Mus] Ornamental notes or short passages, either introduced by the performer, or indicated by the composer, in which case the notation signs are called grace notes appeggiaturas turns, etc.
  12. [Eng. Universities] An act, vote, or decree of the government of the institution; a degree or privilege conferred by such vote or decree.
  13. pl.A play designed to promote or display grace of motion. It consists in throwing a small hoop from one player to another, by means of two sticks in the hands of each. Called also grace hoop or hoops.
    synonyms: Elegance; comeliness; charm; favor; kindness; mercy.

Usage: Grace Mercy. These words, though often interchanged, have each a distinctive and peculiar meaning. Grace, in the strict sense of the term, is spontaneous favor to the guilty or undeserving; mercy is kindness or compassion to the suffering or condemned. It was the grace of God that opened a way for the exercise of mercy toward men. See Elegance.

Etymology: F. grâce, L. gratia, from gratus beloved, dear, agreeable; perh. akin to Gr. � to rejoice, cha`ris favor, grace, Skr. hary to desire, and E. yearn. Cf. Grateful Gratis

verb Grace
Senses
  1. To adorn; to decorate; to embellish and dignify."Great Jove and Phoebus graced his noble line." [Pope.]"We are graced with wreaths of victory." [Shak.]
  2. To dignify or raise by an act of favor; to honor."He might, at his pleasure, grace or disgrace whom he would in court." [Knolles.]
  3. To supply with heavenly grace.
  4. [Mus] To add grace notes, cadenzas, etc., to.
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  1. A disposition to kindness and compassion ("the victor's grace in treating the vanquished")
  2. (Christian theology) the free and unmerited favor or beneficence of God ("God's grace is manifested in the salvation of sinners" and "there but for the grace of God go I")
  3. A sense of propriety and consideration for others ("a place where the company of others must be accepted with good grace")
  4. Elegance and beauty of movement or expression ("a beautiful figure which she used in subtle movements of unparalleled grace")
  5. A short prayer of thanks before a meal ("their youngest son said grace")
  6. (Greek mythology) one of three sisters who were the givers of beauty and charm; a favorite subject for sculptors
  7. (Christian theology) a state of sanctification by God; the state of one who is under such divine influence ("the conception of grace developed alongside the conception of sin", "it was debated whether saving grace could be obtained outside the membership of the church", and "the Virgin lived in a state of grace")
  8. A period of time past the deadline for fulfilling an obligation during which a penalty that would be imposed for being late is waived, especially an extended period granted as a special favor ("The payment had originally been due on April 1 but we had a grace period which expired in June.")
  9. Make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.
  10. Be beautiful to look at
Wiktionary

From the noun grace, first used by Puritans in the 16th century. In Roman Catholic use it may refer to Our Lady of Graces, cognate with Italian Grazia.

  1. A female given name.
  2. A city in Idaho.
  3. An unincorporated community in Kentucky.
  4. An unincorporated community in Mississippi.

Notable Persons Named Grace

Grace Patricia Kelly was an actor. Her most notable accomplishments were from 18 to 18. Grace was born as the child of John B. Kelly, Sr., and Margaret Katherine Majer on November 12th, 1929 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. She passed away on September 14th, 1982.

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Daya is a pop music, dance-pop, contemporary r&b, and indie pop musician. Her ongoing career started in 2015. Daya was given the name Grace Tandon on October 24th, 1998 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S. Daya is also known as Daya.

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She was most prominent from 1973 to present. Grace was given the name Grace Beverly Jones on May 19th, 1948 in Spanish Town.

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Grace Slick is a psychedelic rock, acid rock, hard rock, blues rock, and pop music singer-songwriter, visual artist, and visual arts. She plays Vocals, keyboards, guitar, bass, oboe, flute, harmonica, and clarinet. She was most prominent from 1964 to 1990. Grace was given the name Grace Barnett Wing on October 30th, 1939 in Highland Park, Illinois, U.S. Grace is also known as Gracie, The Acid Queen, and The Chrome Nun.

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Grace Murray Hopper is a military person. She holds the title Grace Hopper. Her military service ended in 1966.

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Grace Gummer is an actress. She has been prominent since 2008. Grace was given the name Grace Jane Gummer by her parents Don Gummer and Meryl Streep on May 9th, 1986 in New York City, New York, U.S.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Grace

Nancy Grace is a political commentator, television personality, and former prosecutor. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1996 to present. Nancy was given the name Nancy Ann Grace on October 23rd, 1959 in Macon, Georgia, United States. Nancy is also known as Grace and Nancy Ann.

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Topher Grace is an actor. His ongoing career started in 1998. Topher was given the name Christopher John Grace on July 12th, 1978 in New York City, New York, U.S.

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Maggie Grace is an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2001 to present. Maggie was given the name Margaret Grace Denig on September 21st, 1983 in Worthington, Ohio, U.S.

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Laura Jane Grace is a punk rock musician, songwriter, singer, guitarist, and record producer. Their ongoing career started in 1997. Laura was given the name Thomas James Gabel on November 8th, 1980 in Fort Benning, Georgia, United States.

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Grace is a hip hop soul musician. Grace was given the name Grace Sewell .

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Mckenna Grace is an actress. She was most prominent from 2012 to present. Mckenna was born on June 25th, 2006.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 988 982 6 #19 girl name
1881 1,089 1,089 0 #15 girl name
1882 1,201 1,195 6 #16 girl name
1883 1,307 1,307 0 #13 girl name
1884 1,535 1,525 10 #13 girl name
1885 1,580 1,575 5 #14 girl name
1886 1,735 1,723 12 #14 girl name
1887 1,692 1,692 0 #15 girl name
1888 2,100 2,090 10 #15 girl name
1889 2,049 2,049 0 #15 girl name
1890 2,289 2,278 11 #13 girl name
1891 2,099 2,088 11 #14 girl name
1892 2,312 2,299 13 #16 girl name
1893 2,318 2,308 10 #16 girl name
1894 2,367 2,361 6 #19 girl name
1895 2,457 2,448 9 #18 girl name
1896 2,496 2,485 11 #17 girl name
1897 2,468 2,458 10 #14 girl name
1898 2,741 2,726 15 #15 girl name
1899 2,362 2,353 9 #15 girl name
1900 2,953 2,942 11 #17 girl name
1901 2,403 2,398 5 #15 girl name
1902 2,648 2,642 6 #17 girl name
1903 2,624 2,615 9 #16 girl name
1904 2,522 2,513 9 #19 girl name
1905 2,643 2,630 13 #19 girl name
1906 2,636 2,626 10 #19 girl name
1907 2,759 2,747 12 #20 girl name
1908 2,918 2,901 17 #19 girl name
1909 2,923 2,912 11 #21 girl name
1910 3,154 3,145 9 #23 girl name
1911 3,317 3,304 13 #23 girl name
1912 4,432 4,418 14 #24 girl name
1913 4,690 4,669 21 #25 girl name
1914 5,608 5,595 13 #25 girl name
1915 7,063 7,044 19 #27 girl name
1916 7,485 7,461 24 #26 girl name
1917 7,389 7,373 16 #30 girl name
1918 7,792 7,770 22 #31 girl name
1919 7,205 7,194 11 #34 girl name
1920 7,195 7,174 21 #37 girl name
1921 7,249 7,229 20 #35 girl name
1922 6,769 6,743 26 #38 girl name
1923 6,333 6,315 18 #39 girl name
1924 6,343 6,328 15 #43 girl name
1925 6,004 5,983 21 #44 girl name
1926 5,450 5,428 22 #46 girl name
1927 5,331 5,304 27 #50 girl name
1928 5,013 4,990 23 #52 girl name
1929 4,597 4,567 30 #54 girl name
1930 4,235 4,216 19 #62 girl name
1931 3,731 3,713 18 #70 girl name
1932 3,556 3,536 20 #72 girl name
1933 3,344 3,327 17 #69 girl name
1934 3,101 3,087 14 #79 girl name
1935 3,006 2,996 10 #83 girl name
1936 2,812 2,789 23 #86 girl name
1937 2,716 2,711 5 #93 girl name
1938 2,620 2,609 11 #100 girl name
1939 2,387 2,370 17
1940 2,402 2,386 16
1941 2,109 2,103 6
1942 2,172 2,157 15
1943 2,134 2,121 13
1944 1,934 1,927 7
1945 1,751 1,746 5
1946 1,763 1,763 0
1947 1,889 1,884 5
1948 1,684 1,678 6
1949 1,608 1,608 0
1950 1,518 1,512 6
1951 1,577 1,577 0
1952 1,524 1,524 0
1953 1,385 1,380 5
1954 1,419 1,410 9
1955 1,396 1,390 6
1956 1,844 1,837 7
1957 1,923 1,917 6
1958 1,714 1,708 6
1959 1,668 1,660 8
1960 1,568 1,568 0
1961 1,442 1,442 0
1962 1,329 1,329 0
1963 1,278 1,272 6
1964 1,217 1,211 6
1965 1,122 1,115 7
1966 937 937 0
1967 899 899 0
1968 756 751 5
1969 697 697 0
1970 777 777 0
1971 680 680 0
1972 606 606 0
1973 606 606 0
1974 533 533 0
1975 568 568 0
1976 527 527 0
1977 526 526 0
1978 588 588 0
1979 690 690 0
1980 760 760 0
1981 836 831 5
1982 956 950 6
1983 1,005 998 7
1984 1,021 1,016 5
1985 1,068 1,063 5
1986 1,157 1,157 0
1987 1,385 1,377 8
1988 1,715 1,706 9
1989 1,942 1,928 14
1990 2,185 2,185 0
1991 2,397 2,386 11
1992 2,661 2,655 6
1993 2,707 2,701 6
1994 3,173 3,173 0
1995 3,471 3,471 0 #97 girl name
1996 3,753 3,742 11 #94 girl name
1997 4,643 4,637 6 #69 girl name
1998 5,723 5,718 5 #54 girl name
1999 9,186 9,178 8 #27 girl name
2000 11,293 11,283 10 #19 girl name
2001 12,100 12,087 13 #16 girl name
2002 12,071 12,056 15 #15 girl name
2003 12,792 12,772 20 #13 girl name
2004 12,568 12,528 40 #13 girl name
2005 11,889 11,861 28 #14 girl name
2006 10,985 10,969 16 #16 girl name
2007 9,776 9,761 15 #20 girl name
2008 9,052 9,034 18 #21 girl name
2009 8,320 8,310 10 #17 girl name
2010 7,686 7,679 7 #18 girl name
2011 7,637 7,629 8 #16 girl name
2012 7,380 7,371 9 #21 girl name
2013 7,382 7,369 13 #22 girl name
2014 7,636 7,623 13 #20 girl name
2015 7,640 7,630 10 #19 girl name
2016 7,546 7,531 15 #19 girl name

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Popularity of Grace as a first name

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Popularity of Grace as a last name

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Common last names for Grace

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  • Young
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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Grace U.S.
  White 71.46% 64.26%
  African American 20.26% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.52% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.64% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.81% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.30% 16.26%

Of Last Name Grace

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

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Fun Facts about the name Grace

  • How Popular is the name Grace? Grace is the 131st most popular name of all time. In 2016 Grace was the 19th most popular name. As a last name Grace was the 1,248th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Grace have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 484,398 babies born with the first name Grace in the United States. That's more than enough people named Grace to occupy the territory of Guadeloupe (France) with an estimated population of 465,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Grace? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 988 new born babies.
  • When was Grace first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Grace is Saturday, August 30th, 1823.
  • What year had the most people named Grace born? The highest recorded use of the first name Grace was in 2003 with a total of 12,772 babies. That's a lot of babies named Grace!
  • Random Grace Factoid: According to the 1921 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Grace ranks 39th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Virginia. Imagine that, 163 babies in Virginia have the same name as you in 1921.
  • Weird things about the name Grace: Your name in reverse order is Ecarg. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Craeg. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Grace? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 28,098 people with the last name Grace.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Grace? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 10 of them will have Grace as their last name.

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  • 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).
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