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Meaning and name origin

Charity \ch(a)-ri-ty\ as a girl's 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 variant forms: 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.

For more information, see also related girl names Chasity, Clemence and Esperanza.


Charity is a very popular first name for females (#643 out of 4276, Top 15%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#12252 out of 88799, Top 14%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Charity for girls. Charity reached its highest rank of #277 in the U.S. in 1970-1979. (2014 statistics).

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

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Charity and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Faith (#81), Hope (#231), Cherry, Cherri, Esperanza, Chasity, Charis, Charissa, Charisse, Charity and Carissa. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Carissa, Charissa, Charisse, Charity, Chasity, Cherri, Cherry, Esperanza, Faith, Hope in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Carissa, Charis, Charity, Faith, Hope outside U.S.

Similar Names

Charity is also pronounced similarly to Cherita and Sharita. Another suggested similar baby name is Cherith. These names tend to be less commonly used than Charity.