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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Gra"cious
  1. Abounding in grace or mercy; manifesting love, or bestowing mercy; characterized by grace; beneficent; merciful; disposed to show kindness or favor; condescending; as, his most gracious majesty."A god ready to pardon, gracious and merciful." [Neh. ix. 17.]"So hallowed and so gracious in the time." [Shak.]
  2. Abounding in beauty, loveliness, or amiability; graceful; excellent."Since the birth of Cain, the first male child, . . . There was not such a gracious creature born." [Shak.]
  3. Produced by divine grace; influenced or controlled by the divine influence; as, gracious affections.
    synonyms: Favorable; kind; benevolent; friendly; beneficent; benignant; merciful.

Etymology: F. gracieux, L. gratiosus. See Grace

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  1. Disposed to bestow favors ("thanks to the gracious gods")
  2. Exhibiting courtesy and politeness
  3. Characterized by charm, good taste, and generosity of spirit ("gracious even to unexpected visitors", "gracious living", and "he bears insult with gracious good humor")
  4. Characterized by kindness and warm courtesy especially of a king to his subjects

From Middle English, from Old French gracieus, from Latin gratiosus, from gratia (“esteem, favor”). See grace. Displaced native Old English hold (“gracious”).

Notable Persons With the Last Name Gracious

Nerses IV the Gracious was a christian bishop. He was most active from 1166 to 1173. He died on August 13th, 1173.


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Fun Facts about the name Gracious

  • How Popular is the name Gracious? Gracious is the 33,343rd most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Gracious have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 126 babies born with the first name Gracious in the United States. That's more than enough people named Gracious to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Gracious? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1999 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Gracious first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Gracious is Thursday, December 7th, 1899.
  • What year had the most people named Gracious born? The highest recorded use of the first name Gracious was in 2014 with a total of 10 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Gracious: Your name in reverse order is Suoicarg. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Agousirc. How do you pronounce that?

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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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