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What does Charity mean?

Charity Pronunciation of Charity [char-i-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.

Associated with: virtue, 16th century, saint, greatest.


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.

8 more different relations via Cherry, Faith, Hope: Cherey, Cheri, Cherida, Cherise, Cherita, Cherrey, Chery and Cheryth.

Creative forms:
(female) Chaity, Chardia, ..

(male) Charby, Charica, ..

Middle name pairings:
Charity Rayna (C.R.), ..

How popular is Charity?

Charity is a very prominent first name for women (#643 out of 4276, Top 15%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#17895 out of 150436, Top 12%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Charity reached its peak position of #270 in the U.S. during the years 1970-1979, and is currently at #1218. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Charity name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Faith (#91 from current records), Hope (#231), Carissa (#1412), Cherry, Charis, Cherri, Chattie, Charisse, Caridad and Charissa are the popular variation forms of Charity (#1218 from current records) rated in the Top 2000. Adoption of these relations of Charity was widespread in 2003 (median #1370) and is somewhat less today (#1541, down 45%), with forms like Cherry falling out of fashion.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Charity, Caridad, Carissa, Charis, Charissa in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Charisse, Chattie, Cherri, Cherry, Faith, Hope in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Charity is pronounced similarly to Cherita, Sharita and Sherita. Other recommended names are Caity, Caritta, Cerrita, Charamy, Chari, Charice, Charie, Charil, Charill (see Charlotte), Charilyn, Charin, Charisa, Charise, Charish, Charista, Charley, Charlita, Charly, Chasaty, Chasidy, Chasiti, Chasity, Chassity, Chastity, Chasty, Cherida, Cherith, Cheryth, Christy, Chrisy, Clarita and Corita. These names tend to be less frequently used than Charity.

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