Grace

Grace comes from Latin gratia meaning “favor, kindness” and usually referring to qualities of elegance, pleasantness, charm, kindness, courteousness, and attractiveness. It derives from grātus (pleasing, acceptable, agreeable) via PIE *gʷerH- (to favor, approve; praise). I’ve also seen it listed as having originally been associated with Germanic element gris meaning “gray” though it was later eclipsed with the Latin concept of grace. Grace is also a surname originating from the source above. In Greek mythology, the Graces refers to the Charities, 3 goddessess of charm, beauty, grace, adornment, festivity, joy, mirth, dance and song.

Nicknames: Gracie

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

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Variants:

  • Grayce (English)
  • Gratia (Latin, German, English)
  • Grazia (Italian)
  • Graziella (Italian)
  • Gracja (Polish)
  • Graça (Portuguese)
  • Gracília (Portuguese)
  • Gracia (Spanish)
  • Graciela (Spanish)

 

Male forms:

  • Gratian (Ancient Roman)
  • Gratianus (Latin)
  • Gratien (French)
  • Graziano (Italian)
  • Graciano (Spanish, Portuguese)
  • Gracjan (Polish)

 

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