Dictionary of Medieval Names
from European Sources

Grace f. Latin gratia 'favor, goodwill, kindness; gratitude; grace'.

Like other virtue names, Grace was not much used in England before the 16th C, but unlike other virtue names, it shows up elsewhere much earlier.

England
Latin
1558 Gratia (nom) StMartF p. 59; 1559/60 Grace (nom) Chst-1 p. 10; 1560 Gracia (nom) ibid. p. 10; 1561 Grace (nom) ibid. p. 10
Early Modern English
1530 Grace LIWill-III p. 3; 1532–1533 Grace CovGuild-2 p. 97; 1534 Grace ibid. p. 126; 1542 Grace BarnstapleBap p. 2; 1543 Grace StAnthonlin p. 4; 1545 Grace BarnstapleBap p. 4; 1548 Grace ibid. p. 6; 1551 Grace ibid. p. 7; 1552 Grace StAnthonlin p. 9; 1553 Grace BarnstapleBap p. 8; 1554 Grace ibid. p. 8; 1555 Grace ibid. p. 9; 1556 Grace ibid. p. 9, StAnthonlin p. 11; 1557 Grace BarnstapleBap p. 10; 1559 Grace ibid. p. 10, StMaryA p. 3; 1562 Grace BarnstapleBap p. 12; 1565 Grace COmar-vol5 p. 126; 1567 Grace ibid. p. 84; 1568 Grace StAnthonlin p. 19; 1573 Grace COmar-vol5 p. 4; 1574 Grace bruton-vol1 p. 41; 1575 Grace COmar-vol5 p. 5, StAnthonlin p. 24; 1577 Grace DEmar-vol1 p. 83; 1578 Grace COmar-vol5 p. 85; 1579 Grace bruton-vol1 p. 43; 1580 Grace StAnthonlin p. 28; 1582 Grace COmar-vol5 p. 85; 1583 Grace COmar-vol2 p. 49, DEmar-vol2 p. 8, HAmar-vol9 p. 68; 1585 Grace DEmar-vol2 p. 11, OrpingtonKe p. 7; 1586 Grace COmar-vol2 p. 102, DEmar-vol1 p. 85; 1587 Grace COmar-vol5 p. 8; 1589 Grace COmar-vol2 p. 23, DEmar-vol2 p. 19; 1590 Grace Bar-in-El p. 30, COmar-vol2 p. 72, DEmar-vol2 p. 21; 1592 Grace COmar-vol2 p. 49, DEmar-vol2 p. 25, WAmar-1 p. 16; 1593 Grace COmar-vol2 p. 24, DEmar-vol2 p. 27; 1594 Grace COmar-vol2 p. 102, DEmar-vol1 p. 87; 1596 Grace CAmar-vol1 p. 6, DEmar-vol2 p. 34; 1598 Grace ibid. p. 39; 1599 Grace COmar-vol2 p. 73, WAmar-1 p. 16, bruton-vol1 p. 57
France
Latin
1287 Gracia (nom) GasReg-A p. 74
Italy
Latin
1265x1339 Gracia (nom) BBC-Berg 42; 1285 Gratie (gen) Perugia1285 p. 161; 1387 Gratia (abl) Venditti II-56
Italian
1429–1430 Gratia DiaryLMA p. 224
Portugal
Latin
1217 Gratiæ (gen) PHGCRP-I no. 21
Spain
Latin
1492 Gratia (nom) carbonell-I p. 66
Catalan
1510 Gracia valencia1510 3428
Spanish
1496 Gratia olite1496 p. 182; 1576 Gracia Catalogo-5.2 3924
Cite as: S.L. Uckelman. "Grace". In S.L. Uckelman, ed. The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources, Edition 2017, no. 1. http://dmnes.org/2017/1/name/Grace.