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What does Charity mean?

Charity Pronunciation of Charity 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


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, Sharitye

SEE ALSO Chasity, Clemence, Esperanza

OTHER FORMS VIA CHERRY, FAITH, HOPE Cherey, Cheri, Cherida, Cherise, Cherita, Cherrey, Chery, Cheryth



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How 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. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Charity reached its peak position of #270 in the U.S. during the years 1970-1979, and is presently at #1237. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

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?

Prominent related forms of Charity (#1237 FROM RECENT DATA) appearing in the Top 2000 are Faith (#122), Hope (#255), Esperanza (#992), Carissa (#1986), Caridad, Charis, Charissa, Charisse, Chasity, Chattie, Cheri, Cherise, Cherri, Cherry and Clemence. Other forms, like Cheryth, are uncommon. These forms of Charity were at the apex of their popularity in the year 2001 (ADOPTION OF 0.55%) and are now significantly less widespread (ADOPTION 0.25%, 54%), with forms such as 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, Chasity, Chattie, Cheri, Cherise in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cherri, Cherry, Clemence, Esperanza, Faith, Hope in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Charity is pronounced similarly to Sharita and Sherita. Other recommended sound-alike 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, Chassity, Chastity, Chasty, Cherith, Christy, Chrisy, Clarita and Corita. These names tend to be less frequently used than Charity.

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