Charity Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Charity:
Derived from charity, which denotes the love of God for mankind or the love of mankind for others. Charity is derived from the Latin carus (dear, valued).
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
Looking for the perfect name? Try the Name MatchMaker to find the perfect baby name for you!
Sister & Brother Names
Know a Charity? What are her siblings named?
Name Lists Featuring Charity
Contribute your knowledge to the name Charity
- Comments and insights on the name Charity
- Personal experiences with the name Charity
I have a two year old sister named Charity, and I think it is a very beautiful name! My name is Faith, so our names go together well!
My name is Charity, and I really love it. It makes me feel special and unique, and I think it's beautiful both when you say it and when you write it down!! My best friend is actually named Charity as well, and when we're together we just add in our middle names, which makes us Charity Mae (me) and Charity Ann. I've never hated my name, or had any problem with it, or wanted to change it for any reason.
- Nicknames for Charity
Cha-cha, Chatty, Cherry, Chee, Chica
- Meanings and history of the name Charity
The name Charity comes from the Old French 'Charite' meaning Christian love, (based on the Latin 'Carita' pertaining to "costliness, esteem, affection"); in Vulgate often used as translation of Gk. agape "love" -- especially Christian love of fellow man -- perhaps to avoid the sexual suggestion of L. amor; from carus "dear, valued," from PIE *karo-, from base *ka- "to like, desire."
- Famous real-life people named Charity
Charity Wakefield, Hollywood actress and star in the movie Sense & Sensibility.
Charity Edna Adams Earley was the first African American woman to be an officer in the Woman’s Army Air Corps and was the commanding officer of the first battalion of African American women to serve overseas during WWII.
Charity Waciuma is a Kenyan writer, who wrote several novels for adolescents and an autobiographical novel, Daughter of Mumbi (1969).
Charity Shea is an American actress. She is best known for her role as troubled teenager Samantha Best in The Best Years. She has stared in many American films, including Alpha Dog with Justin Timberlake and Bruce Willis.
Charity Rahmer is an American actress. She is best known for her short lived run on the soap opera Days of our Lives in 2004.
Charity Kaluki Ngilu (born 1952) is a Kenyan politician. She was Minister of Health from 2003 until 2007 and was appointed as Minister of Water and Irrigation in April 2008.
- Charity in song, story & screen
1 Corinthians 13:13 "And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity."
Charity Hope Valentine, main character of the musical "Sweet Charity".
Charity Burbage, former Muggle Studies professor in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.