Dictionary of Medieval Names
from European Sources

Charity f. Middle English charite, French charité, from Latin caritatem 'charity'.

This virtue name came into use in England in the 2nd half of the 16th century.

England
Early Modern English
1540 Cherite BarnstapleBap p. 1; 1541 Cheryte ibid. p. 2; 1556 Charite ibid. p. 9; 1561 Charytie ibid. p. 11; 1562 Charyte ibid. p. 12; 1564 Charyte ibid. p. 13; 1571 Charitye DEmar-vol1 p. 82; 1585 Charity DEmar-vol2 p. 11; 1586 Charitie HAmar-vol9 p. 68; 1588 Charity DEmar-vol2 p. 15; 1589 Charity ibid. p. 19; 1593 Charity ibid. p. 27; 1594 Charity ibid. p. 29; 1598 Charity ibid. p. 38; 1599 Charity ibid. p. 40
Cite as: S.L. Uckelman. "Charity". In S.L. Uckelman, ed. The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources, Edition 2016, no. 4. http://dmnes.org/2016/4/name/Charity.