From the English word grace.
Grace derives from Latin “gratia”.
The word “gratia” is still used with the Latin meaning in phrases and expressions such as “gratis”, meaning free, “persona non grata”, meaning unwanted person, and “i.e.” = exempli gratia, meaning for the sake of an example.
The meaning of grace was later changed in the Christian world and was associated with theology and spirituality.
Gratia was also the Latinized name of Charis, plural Charites, Greek goddesses, also known as the “Three Graces of Greek Mythology”, Aglaea, Euphrosyne and Thalia.
They were the goddesses of beauty, splendor, joy and festivity.
The Greek name Charis means grace and kindness.
The name Grace was a virtue name used by the Puritans in the 17th century.
Alternative forms of the name are Gracia, Gracelyn, Graziella, Graciela, Grâce.
Famous bearers are Grace Kelly, Grace Jones, Grace Slick, Grace Gummer, Grace Park, Grace Phipps, Grace Zabriskie, Grace Phillips, Grace Potter, Grace Bumbry.
Grace is a popular name in Northern Ireland, Ireland, Australia, England and Wales, Scotland, New Zealand, Canada and the United States.
American actress Grace Kelly lived a fairy tale life.
She starred in some of Alfred Hitchcock’s best films.
Six years after her first film she married Prince Rainier III of Monaco.
She had a distinctive look that featured renowned designers’ dresses such as Christian Dior.
The simplicity and elegance of her style made it timeless and that is why she still remains a fashion icon.