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Puritanical 'virtue' baby names are baaaaaaaack

Kim Grundy is a mom, writer, expert laundry folder and sandwich maker, not necessarily in that order. Raised in Oklahoma, she is now a West Coast gal and lives in California with her husband and two sons, along with one dog, two fish (oo...

Pass down 'Faith' and 'Justice' with these honorable baby names

Patience is a virtue, and it also makes a beautiful name for a baby girl. Virtue baby names for boys and girls, like Hope, Mercy and Constance, may have gotten their start with the early American Puritans, but they're making a big comeback for parents in the new millennium.

Although more popular with girl names than boy names, virtue names are both spiritual and unique. With celebrities like Jessica Alba getting in on the virtue name trend (her daughters are named Honor and Haven), you are sure to see some of these names climb the charts. They are distinct enough, however, to help your child stand out in a crowd.

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Girls virtue baby names

The following names are unique and beautiful — and perfect for your baby girl. The name Heaven peaked in 2005 at number 245 on the Social Security Administration's top baby name list (currently at number 317), while Neveah (heaven spelled backwards) has been moving up the chart since 2006 (currently at 893). Here are more virtue names for baby girls:

Boys virtue baby names

Boy virtue names are not as popular as girl virtue names. Many of the names would make a great middle name or unique first name for baby boys — just keep in mind that you don't want a name that sounds too pretentious. However, if you want a future sports star, many of these boy virtue names would look great on the back of a jersey!

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