The name Grace means ‘favor’ or ‘to thank’: ‘God’s unmerited favor, love, or help’.
The name ultimately derives from Latin ‘gratia’ and from the Old French word ‘gracier’: “thank, give thanks to; praise,’ and ‘mercy, favor, thanks, virtue’. Thus, meaning ‘to show favor’ led to that of ‘to lend or add grace to something’ (1580s, as in grace us with your presence), which is the root of the musical sense in grace notes (1650s). Related: Graced; gracing.
The name Grace was first bestowed as a reference to the “grace of God.” Alternate spellings of the name Grace include Grace, Grayse, Gracia, and Graciella. This was one of the virtue names created in the 17th century by the Puritans and it is often given in reference to the Christian concept of divine grace and used as a virtue name.
Famous people who share the name Grace:
The actress and Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly (1929-1982) was a famous bearer. There are also singers named Grace, including Grace Slick and Grace Jones. Writers and poets named Grace include Grace Bauer, Grace Noll Crowell, Grace Lumpkin, and Grace Ingalls.
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