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pinWhat does Charity mean?

Charity /char-i-ty/ [3 sylls.] as a girls' name is pronounced CHARE-ih-tee. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Charity is "dear, beloved".

From the word which originally denoted the Christian's love for his fellow man (Latin "caritas" meaning "generous love", from Latin "carus" meaning "dear"). One of the virtue names, used as a given name since the 16th century. Cherry was originally a pet form of Charity. Saint Paul said in Corinthians, "and now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity". See also Faith and Hope.


Charity has 27 variants: Caridad, Caridade, Carissa, Carita, Chairity, Chareese, Charidy, Chariety, Charis, Charissa, Charisse, Charita, Charitee, Charitey, Chariti, Charitye, Chariza, Charty, Chattie, Cherit, Cherri, Cherry, Karita, Sharitee, Sharitey, Sharity and Sharitye.

Related girl names: Chasity, Clemence and Esperanza.

Charity has 19 more different relations via Cherry, Faith: Cher, Chere, Cheree, Cherey, Cheri, Cherida, Cherise, Cherita, Cherrey, Cherrie, Chery, Cheryth, Fae, Faithe, Fay, Faye, Fayth, Faythe and Fe.

Kreatif forms: Carity, Charidah, Charithy. [more]

pinHow popular is Charity?

Charity is a very prominent first name for females (#643 out of 4276, Top 15%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#17895 out of 150436, Top 12%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Shown below is the baby name popularity of Charity for girls. Charity reached its peak position of #277 in the U.S. during the years 1970-1979, but is not ranked currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Charity name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Charity outside U.S.

Prominent related forms of Charity appearing in the Top 1000 are Faith (#81 last year), Hope (#231), Faye (#908), Fae, Esperanza, Fay, Cherry, Cherri, Charisse, Charissa, Chasity, Cherise, Cheri and Carissa. Forms like Cherey are uncommon. These girl names were at the apex of their popularity during the years 1940-1949 (usage of 0.2769%) and are now significantly less widespread (usage 0.1187%, 57.1%), with forms such as Carissa, Charity, Esperanza, Chasity and Cheri falling out of fashion. Hope (#231) and Faith (#81) are two of the more fashionable girl names in this list, with Faith enjoying a rekindling in popularity. Below is a graphed analysis of the usage of the girl name Charity and corresponding names. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Charity, Carissa, Charissa, Charisse, Chasity in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Cheri, Cherise, Cherri, Cherry, Esperanza in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Fae, Faith, Fay, Faye, Hope in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Faith, Faye outside U.S.

pinSimilar Names

Charity is pronounced similarly to Sharita. Another recommended similar baby name is Cherith. These names tend to be less frequently used than Charity.