Meaning and Origin of: Faith

Meaning and Origin of Faith

Girl name origins & meanings

  • Latin : Trust

What does Faith mean and stand for?

The name Faith is an English virtue name that was popularized by Puritans in the 17th century. It is derived from the Latin word fidere, meaning "to trust."

Syllables: 1

Family name origins & meanings

  • English (most frequent in northern Ireland) : from Middle English fe(i)th ‘belief (especially Christian belief)’, ‘faithfulness’, ‘loyalty’. This may have been a nickname for a trustworthy person, but was more probably bestowed on one who used ‘Faith!’ frequently as a mild oath or exclamation.

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Popularity

According to Social Security Administration data, Faith has been slowly decreasing in popularity after enjoying a spot in the top 100 from 2000 to 2016. Despite the slight decrease, Faith still enjoys a spot in the top 150.

However, it is the 25th most popular name on FamilyEducation.com.

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Faith was at its peak popularity in July 2018.

Faith is one of the only virtue names popularized by the Puritans in the 17th century that still remains a popular choice. This straightforward name invokes images of singer Faith Hill, actress Faith Dane, and actress Faith Prince. Celebrities Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, Kelsey Grammer, and Jeff Altman and Leslie Ackerman all chose the name for their daughters.

Where is it Popular?

Faith was searched for most often in the following states:

Nicknames for Faith

  • Fa
  • Fai
  • Fath
  • Fathie
  • Faye
  • Fifi

Pairs well with these middle names