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Virtue Names and Their Meanings

Tranquility and Peace

It may not keep your wee one from waking you up every two hours, but giving your child a moniker that denotes peace and harmony still might rub off.

Boys' Names:

  • Acacio: This name means "free from malice" in Spanish, although it's based on the name of a thorny tree.
  • Bonar: Based on debonnaire, it means "gentle" or "mannerly."
  • Concord: This English name meaning "peace" is also a place name.
  • Galen: In Greek, it means "healer."
  • Sereno: Based on the Latin for "tranquil."
  • Solomon: Hebrew for "peace." Salem is a modern Hebrew variation.
  • Yasahiro: A Japanese name meaning "serene" or "tranquil."

Girls' Names:

  • Charis: A lovely Greek name meaning "grace" or "beauty."
  • Freda: Yiddish for "joy." It's also seen as Frieda and Frayde.
  • Halimah:This popular Arabic name means "gentle" or "patient."
  • Hannah: A very popular name from the Old Testament, meaning "gracious" or "merciful."
  • Ioanna: This Greek name is based on Jane, the feminine form of John, and means "God's grace."
  • Irene: This English name derives from the Greek word for "peace." Outdated now, but could be used as a middle name.
  • Salama: Derived from the Arabic word salima ("to be safe").
  • Salome: A Hebrew name taken from Solomon ("peace"). Selima is another variant.
  • Serena: The classic Latin name meaning "tranquil" and "serene." Often used by Roman Catholics.
  • Shalom: The traditional Hebrew greeting meaning "peace." Model Shalom Harlow has given this word popularity as a name.

Do unto Others…

All of these names have elements of kindness and compassion, as well as some other noble values.

What's in a Name

Many Arabic names are derived from the qualities revered in Islam and by the Prophet Muhammed, who suggested that some of the best names were the ones taken from the 99 qualities and virtues of God listed in the Koran.

Boys' Names:

  • Atif: This Arabic name means "compassionate" or "sympathetic."
  • Coriiss: An English name meaning "benevolent" or "generous."
  • Cosmo: It means "orderliness" or "harmony." Just unusual enough to possibly gain some favor as either a given or middle name.
  • Curtis: From the Old French, meaning "polite" or "courteous."
  • Dermot: Irish, meaning "free of envy or jealousy." Also often spelled Dermott.
  • Gareth: From the Welsh, meaning "gentle."
  • Helgi: A popular name in Scandinavia, it means "successful" or "productive."
  • Hiroshi: A very popular name for Japanese boys, it means "generous."
  • Justin: This very popular name derives from the Latin word for justice.
  • Kermit: Also an Irish name meaning "without envy or jealousy." Kermit the Frog bears this name proudly and justly.
  • Latif: "Gentle" in Arabic. Also spelled as Lateef.
Girls' Names
  • Amalia: From the German word amal, meaning "work." Also commonly spelled Amelia. A pretty yet somewhat forgotten name, it has just enough of a retro feel to it that it may come back into broader use sometime soon.
  • Atifa: Arabic for "compassion" or "empathy." Also spelled as Atifah.
  • Dilys: Welsh for "reliable" or "true."
  • Justine: Based on the Latin word for justice, it means "fair" or "righteous."
  • Rehema: A Swahili name meaning "compassion."


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Excerpted from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Baby Names © 1999 by Sonia Weiss. All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Used by arrangement with Alpha Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

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