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



  • 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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