Naming a Boy "Virtue"?

We're Expecting a boy, and i feel like "Virtue" would make a good name, but just like every other name i like it and hate it at the same time. I know no one has named there baby that(from what ive searched), but thats one of the reasons why itd be an interesting name. Is Virtue okay for a boy name? would it bring the baby any issues when he grows up?


August 16, 2013 12:05 AM

I don't care for virtue names most of the time, on a girl or boy.  If I were a boy I can only imagine that I would hate having this as a name.  Sorry, but its just my opinion.  I think some names sound great in theory but in the real world they are hard to carry.  

By mk
August 16, 2013 2:23 AM

I think it would work better as a middle name, for either gender.

August 16, 2013 7:41 AM

On sound alone, I think it works. People will of course notice much more than the sound, however. I don't think I'd want to have that kind of conversation about my name every single time I met someone for my whole life. The jokes would get extremely annoying.

August 16, 2013 10:15 AM

I have mixed feelings about virtue names, I think some of them can be hard to live up to.  Virtue would be the ultimate virtue name, and I agree with previous posters that he'd have to explain and answer questions and hear jokes about his name his entire life.  When I ask myself if I'd want a name like that, the answer is no.  

What is it about Virtue that attracts you?  Is it more the sound, meaning or just that it seems unique? Knowing more about why you like it might help us offer suggestions.

By hyz
August 16, 2013 11:19 AM

I'll second this.  I could see it as a middle name, but it's just too loaded for a first, I think.  I see it as akin to the people who name their kids Handsome or Gorgeous.  Those kids will have everyone looking at them throughout their lives and silently (or not) judging whether they think Handsome or Gorgeous lives up to their name.  Virtue is so in-your-face with its meaning that I think the experience would be similar.  A word that's less commonly used today, like Amity or Verity, seems easier to wear, as do words that are much more familiar as names, like Hope, Grace, and Faith.  I like the idea of Virtue, but I would definitely not use it as a first name.   

August 17, 2013 2:29 AM

I tend to agree with this. I like some virtue names but some are just too much. I could certainly get behind Virtue in the middle name spot and I do like the sound and sentiment but I think it could be tough as a first name.

August 16, 2013 4:08 PM

I know someone whose family name is Virtue. She seems to like it -- she kept it after marriage, among other things -- but it's certainly a name to live up to. It's always a conversation when she's introduced to someone new. It'd be a different conversation for a given name, though: you don't inherit that like most people do their surnames.

Personally, I prefer "real" names with a history of use. If you like obscure names that nobody else is likely to have, I suggest the "beyond the top 1000" lists from the Social Security Administration, or the Medieval Names Archive (

August 19, 2013 10:54 AM

My only issue with it is that he's going to spend his life (or you're going to spend a lot of yours) saying "No, not Virgil. Virtue.  Not Virgil."  If the thought of having to do that doesn't bother you (it would bother me, as I dislike "Virgil" these days).