Meaning and Name Origin
Charity \ch(a)-ri-ty\ 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.
Charity▼ has 19 more different forms via Cherry, Faith: Cher, Chere, Cheree, Cherey, Cheri▼, Cherida, Cherise, Cherita, Cherrey, Cherrie, Chery, Cheryth, Fae▼, Faithe, Fay▼, Faye▼, Fayth, Faythe and Fe.
Charity is a very prominent first name for females (#643 out of 4276, Top 15%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#12252 out of 88799, Top 14%). (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. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Below is a graphed analysis of the usage of the girl name Charity and corresponding names. Prominent related forms of Charity are Faith (#81 last year), Hope (#231), Faye (#908), Fae, Esperanza, Fay, Cherry, Cherri, Charisse, Charissa, Chasity, Cherise, Cheri and Carissa. These girl names were at the apex of their popularity during 1940-1949 and are now significantly less widespread, with forms such as Carissa, Charity, Esperanza, Fay and Fae 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. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)