Grace Name Meaning

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Fact: Grace appears frequently in literature and is often used to symbolize purity and goodness. For example, Grace Marks is the protagonist of Margaret Atwood’s novel “Alias Grace.”

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A Deep Dive

Grace Overview

Meaning

Grace

Gender

Girl

Origin

Latin

Etymology

Derived from the Latin word “gratia,” meaning “grace” or “favor.”

Religion

Christianity

Pronunciation

/ɡreɪs/

Popularity

Grace is a popular name in many cultures, especially in English-speaking countries. Recently, Grace has consistently ranked within the top 50 names for girls in the USA.

Syllable

1 syllable

Length

5 letters

Numerology

7 (Analytical, Studious, Knowledgeable)

Name Styles

Traditional, Religious and Spiritual, Popular, Cute, Classic

Associated Traits

Elegant, kind, compassionate, serene

Spiritual, Religious, or Cultural Significance

Grace is often associated with the Christian concept of divine grace, and Saint Grace is a Christian martyr.

Name Day

August 2nd
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Grace Variations in Different Cultures

Popular Variations

Gracia, Gracelyn, Grazia, Graciela, Gracella, Graceann, Grazyna, Gracija, Graceyn

Common Nicknames

Gracie, Gray, Gigi, Ace, Gee, Ray

Diminutives

Gray, G, Grac, Cece, Gace

Famous People

  • Grace Kelly
    (American Actress and Princess of Monaco)
  • Grace Jones
    (Jamaican-American Singer and Actress)
  • Grace Slick
    (American Singer-Songwriter)
  • Grace Hopper
    (American Computer Scientist)

Pop Culture Icons and Works

  • Grace Adler
    ("Will & Grace," TV Series)
  • "Saving Grace"
    (Film)
  • Grace Van Pelt
    ("The Mentalist," TV Series)
  • "Grace"
    (Song)
  • Grace Trevelyan Grey
    ("Fifty Shades of Grey," Novel)
  • Grace Sheffield
    ("The Nanny," TV Series)

Places

  • Grace City
    (North Dakota, USA)
  • Grace Park
    (Illinois, USA)
  • Grace Lake
    (Ontario, Canada)
  • Grace River
    (Alaska, USA)
  • Grace Bay
    (Providenciales, Turks and Caicos)
  • Grace Street
    (San Francisco, USA)

What Is the Meaning of Grace?

Grace means “elegance” or “God’s favor.” Those who carry this name are often graceful and kind, often seen as gentle, compassionate, and naturally charming.

What Is the Origin of The Name Grace?

Grace has Latin origins. It is derived from the Latin word “gratia.” The name became popular as a given name in Christian communities due to its association with divine grace and virtues.

Grace Name Popularity

Popularity Chart of the Name Grace in the U.S. over the Years

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Annual Statistics Breakdown for Grace

YearName RankingNumber of BirthsBirth Rate (%)
202339
(-3 from 2022)
4886
(-390 from 2022)
0.27933
202236
(-2 from 2021)
5276
(-255 from 2021)
0.29424
202134
(-6 from 2020)
5531
(-90 from 2020)
0.30872
202028
No change from 2019
5621
(-480 from 2019)
0.31799
201928
(-4 from 2018)
6101
(-681 from 2018)
0.33250
201824
(-3 from 2017)
6782
(-297 from 2017)
0.36469
201721
(-2 from 2016)
7079
(-535 from 2016)
0.37472
201619
No change from 2015
7614
(-62 from 2015)
0.39331
201519
(+1 from 2014)
7676
(+21 from 2014)
0.39347
201420
(+2 from 2013)
7655
(+271 from 2013)
0.39130
201322
(-1 from 2012)
7384
(-5 from 2012)
0.38305
201221
(-5 from 2011)
7389
(-250 from 2011)
0.38098
201116
(+2 from 2010)
7639
(-49 from 2010)
0.39423
201018
(-1 from 2009)
7688
(-630 from 2009)
0.39211
200917
(+4 from 2008)
8318
(-723 from 2008)
0.41075
200821
(-1 from 2007)
9041
(-727 from 2007)
0.43406
200720
(-4 from 2006)
9768
(-1206 from 2006)
0.46152
200616
(-2 from 2005)
10974
(-891 from 2005)
0.52494
200514
(-1 from 2004)
11865
(-671 from 2004)
0.58461
200413
No change from 2003
12536
(-245 from 2003)
0.62127
200313
(+2 from 2002)
12781
(+725 from 2002)
0.63700
200215
(+1 from 2001)
12056
(-33 from 2001)
0.61043
200116
(+3 from 2000)
12089
(+805 from 2000)
0.61027
200019
(+8 from 1999)
11284
(+2104 from 1999)
0.56540
199927
(+26 from 1998)
9180
(+3457 from 1998)
0.47154
199853
(+16 from 1997)
5723
(+1085 from 1997)
0.29523
199769
(+25 from 1996)
4638
(+897 from 1996)
0.24292
199694
(+3 from 1995)
3741
(+269 from 1995)
0.19512
199597
(+6 from 1994)
3472
(+296 from 1994)
0.18069
1994103
(+19 from 1993)
3176
(+472 from 1993)
0.16292
1993122
(+5 from 1992)
2704
(+44 from 1992)
0.13715
1992127
(+6 from 1991)
2660
(+274 from 1991)
0.13269
1991133
(+7 from 1990)
2386
(+199 from 1990)
0.11734
1990140
(+10 from 1989)
2187
(+260 from 1989)
0.10645
1989150
(+15 from 1988)
1927
(+218 from 1988)
0.09673
1988165
(+33 from 1987)
1709
(+331 from 1987)
0.08887
1987198
(+27 from 1986)
1378
(+219 from 1986)
0.07352
1986225
(+17 from 1985)
1159
(+95 from 1985)
0.06280
1985242
(+4 from 1984)
1064
(+48 from 1984)
0.05763
1984246
(-6 from 1983)
1016
(+18 from 1983)
0.05634
1983240
(+20 from 1982)
998
(+47 from 1982)
0.05576
1982260
(+32 from 1981)
951
(+120 from 1981)
0.05242
1981292
(+25 from 1980)
831
(+70 from 1980)
0.04646
1980317
(+25 from 1979)
761
(+71 from 1979)
0.04274
1979342
(+20 from 1978)
690
(+103 from 1978)
0.04004
1978362
(+35 from 1977)
587
(+61 from 1977)
0.03571
1977397
(-7 from 1976)
526
(-1 from 1976)
0.03198
1976390
(-24 from 1975)
527
(-40 from 1975)
0.03353
1975366
(+24 from 1974)
567
(+32 from 1974)
0.03633
1974390
(-38 from 1973)
535
(-69 from 1973)
0.03416
1973352
(+9 from 1972)
604
(-3 from 1972)
0.03886
1972361
(-2 from 1971)
607
(-71 from 1971)
0.03764
1971359
(-20 from 1970)
678
(-98 from 1970)
0.03869
1970339
(+1 from 1969)
776
(+83 from 1969)
0.04236
1969340
(-22 from 1968)
693
(-58 from 1968)
0.03931
1968318
(-35 from 1967)
751
(-146 from 1967)
0.04393
1967283
(-6 from 1966)
897
(-38 from 1966)
0.05225
1966277
(-21 from 1965)
935
(-179 from 1965)
0.05325
1965256
(-1 from 1964)
1114
(-97 from 1964)
0.06096
1964255
(-7 from 1963)
1211
(-63 from 1963)
0.06187
1963248
(-10 from 1962)
1274
(-55 from 1962)
0.06408
1962238
(-8 from 1961)
1329
(-113 from 1961)
0.06557
1961230
(-18 from 1960)
1442
(-125 from 1960)
0.06942
1960212
(-8 from 1959)
1567
(-97 from 1959)
0.07535
1959204
(-5 from 1958)
1664
(-41 from 1958)
0.08005
1958199
(-13 from 1957)
1705
(-217 from 1957)
0.08254
1957186
(+3 from 1956)
1922
(+84 from 1956)
0.09161
1956189
(+27 from 1955)
1838
(+447 from 1955)
0.08924
1955216
(-4 from 1954)
1391
(-19 from 1954)
0.06938
1954212
No change from 1953
1410
(+27 from 1953)
0.07082
1953212
(-18 from 1952)
1383
(-142 from 1952)
0.07168
1952194
(-12 from 1951)
1525
(-54 from 1951)
0.08018
1951182
(+1 from 1950)
1579
(+68 from 1950)
0.08548
1950183
(-10 from 1949)
1511
(-97 from 1949)
0.08592
1949173
(-6 from 1948)
1608
(-69 from 1948)
0.09160
1948167
(-13 from 1947)
1677
(-206 from 1947)
0.09623
1947154
No change from 1946
1883
(+120 from 1946)
0.10358
1946154
(-15 from 1945)
1763
(+18 from 1945)
0.10931
1945139
(-4 from 1944)
1745
(-180 from 1944)
0.12963
1944135
(-5 from 1943)
1925
(-197 from 1943)
0.14087
1943130
(-1 from 1942)
2122
(-36 from 1942)
0.14783
1942129
(-6 from 1941)
2158
(+56 from 1941)
0.15520
1941123
(-18 from 1940)
2102
(-284 from 1940)
0.16870
1940105
(+3 from 1939)
2386
(+15 from 1939)
0.20197
1939108
(-8 from 1938)
2371
(-238 from 1938)
0.20907
1938100
(-6 from 1937)
2609
(-101 from 1937)
0.22857
193794
(-8 from 1936)
2710
(-80 from 1936)
0.24595
193686
(-3 from 1935)
2790
(-205 from 1935)
0.25892
193583
(-4 from 1934)
2995
(-92 from 1934)
0.27559
193479
(-10 from 1933)
3087
(-243 from 1933)
0.28522
193369
(+3 from 1932)
3330
(-205 from 1932)
0.31834
193272
(-2 from 1931)
3535
(-177 from 1931)
0.31953
193170
(-8 from 1930)
3712
(-506 from 1930)
0.33632
193062
(-8 from 1929)
4218
(-351 from 1929)
0.36161
192954
(-2 from 1928)
4569
(-420 from 1928)
0.39471
192852
(-2 from 1927)
4989
(-315 from 1927)
0.41730
192750
(-4 from 1926)
5304
(-123 from 1926)
0.42897
192646
(-2 from 1925)
5427
(-556 from 1925)
0.44116
192544
(-1 from 1924)
5983
(-344 from 1924)
0.47368
192443
(-4 from 1923)
6327
(+11 from 1923)
0.48832
192339
(-1 from 1922)
6316
(-427 from 1922)
0.50429
192238
(-3 from 1921)
6743
(-487 from 1921)
0.54049
192135
(+2 from 1920)
7230
(+58 from 1920)
0.56497
192037
(-3 from 1919)
7172
(-23 from 1919)
0.57651
191934
(-3 from 1918)
7195
(-575 from 1918)
0.61253
191831
(-1 from 1917)
7770
(+397 from 1917)
0.64623
191730
(-4 from 1916)
7373
(-88 from 1916)
0.65614
191626
(+1 from 1915)
7461
(+417 from 1915)
0.68720
191527
(-2 from 1914)
7044
(+1450 from 1914)
0.68798
191425
No change from 1913
5594
(+925 from 1913)
0.70221
191325
(-1 from 1912)
4669
(+251 from 1912)
0.71292
191224
(-1 from 1911)
4418
(+1114 from 1911)
0.75301
191123
No change from 1910
3304
(+159 from 1910)
0.74782
191023
(-2 from 1909)
3145
(+233 from 1909)
0.74966
190921
(-2 from 1908)
2912
(+11 from 1908)
0.79110
190819
(+1 from 1907)
2901
(+154 from 1907)
0.81827
190720
(-1 from 1906)
2747
(+121 from 1906)
0.81409
190619
No change from 1905
2626
(-4 from 1905)
0.83782
190519
No change from 1904
2630
(+117 from 1904)
0.84876
190419
(-3 from 1903)
2513
(-103 from 1903)
0.85934
190316
(+1 from 1902)
2616
(-26 from 1902)
0.94034
190217
(-2 from 1901)
2642
(+244 from 1901)
0.94246
190115
(+2 from 1900)
2398
(-544 from 1900)
0.94324
190017
(-2 from 1899)
2942
(+589 from 1899)
0.92592
189915
No change from 1898
2353
(-373 from 1898)
0.95075
189815
(-1 from 1897)
2726
(+268 from 1897)
0.99436
189714
(+3 from 1896)
2458
(-27 from 1896)
0.99003
189617
(+1 from 1895)
2485
(+37 from 1895)
0.98614
189518
(+1 from 1894)
2448
(+87 from 1894)
0.99067
189419
(-3 from 1893)
2361
(+53 from 1893)
1.00054
189316
No change from 1892
2308
(+9 from 1892)
1.02472
189216
(-2 from 1891)
2299
(+211 from 1891)
1.02217
189114
(-1 from 1890)
2088
(-190 from 1890)
1.06224
189013
(+2 from 1889)
2278
(+229 from 1889)
1.12961
188915
No change from 1888
2049
(-41 from 1888)
1.08288
188815
No change from 1887
2090
(+398 from 1887)
1.10322
188715
(-1 from 1886)
1692
(-31 from 1886)
1.08864
188614
No change from 1885
1723
(+148 from 1885)
1.12077
188514
(-1 from 1884)
1575
(+50 from 1884)
1.10957
188413
No change from 1883
1525
(+218 from 1883)
1.10841
188313
(+3 from 1882)
1307
(+112 from 1882)
1.08862
188216
(-1 from 1881)
1195
(+106 from 1881)
1.03290
188115
(+4 from 1880)
1089
(+107 from 1880)
1.10161
188019
First SSA data recorded
982
First SSA data recorded
1.00610

American States Popularity Rankings for Grace

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Number of Births )

New York (NY)

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California (CA)

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Pennsylvania (PA)

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Illinois (IL)

Illinois (IL) flagIllinois (IL)#272021#252022#332023

Texas (TX)

Texas (TX) flagTexas (TX)#492021#532022#472023

Ohio (OH)

Ohio (OH) flagOhio (OH)#382021#372022#432023

Michigan (MI)

Michigan (MI) flagMichigan (MI)#272021#282022#202023

New Jersey (NJ)

New Jersey (NJ) flagNew Jersey (NJ)#342021#362022#322023

Massachusetts (MA)

Massachusetts (MA) flagMassachusetts (MA)#112021#132022#142023

Florida (FL)

Florida (FL) flagFlorida (FL)#322021#322022#402023

North Carolina (NC)

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Virginia (VA)

Virginia (VA) flagVirginia (VA)#322021#342022#422023

Minnesota (MN)

Minnesota (MN) flagMinnesota (MN)#152021#162022#192023

Georgia (GA)

Georgia (GA) flagGeorgia (GA)#542021#552022#602023

Wisconsin (WI)

Wisconsin (WI) flagWisconsin (WI)#232021#202022#292023

Missouri (MO)

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Indiana (IN)

Indiana (IN) flagIndiana (IN)#352021#292022#422023

Maryland (MD)

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Washington (WA)

Washington (WA) flagWashington (WA)#352021#432022#392023

Tennessee (TN)

Tennessee (TN) flagTennessee (TN)#632021#392022#602023

Connecticut (CT)

Connecticut (CT) flagConnecticut (CT)#122021#172022#332023

Iowa (IA)

Iowa (IA) flagIowa (IA)#182021#182022#222023

Colorado (CO)

Colorado (CO) flagColorado (CO)#392021#292022#342023

South Carolina (SC)

South Carolina (SC) flagSouth Carolina (SC)#472021#672022#872023

Kentucky (KY)

Kentucky (KY) flagKentucky (KY)#752021#632022#552023

Louisiana (LA)

Louisiana (LA) flagLouisiana (LA)#742021#482022#462023

Alabama (AL)

Alabama (AL) flagAlabama (AL)#1022021#862022#972023

Arizona (AZ)

Arizona (AZ) flagArizona (AZ)#362021#412022#492023

Kansas (KS)

Kansas (KS) flagKansas (KS)#382021#262022#312023

Oklahoma (OK)

Oklahoma (OK) flagOklahoma (OK)#412021#432022#302023

Oregon (OR)

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Utah (UT)

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Mississippi (MS)

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Nebraska (NE)

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West Virginia (WV)

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Arkansas (AR)

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Maine (ME)

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Rhode Island (RI)

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New Mexico (NM)

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North Dakota (ND)

North Dakota (ND) flagNorth Dakota (ND)#572021#372022#442023

South Dakota (SD)

South Dakota (SD) flagSouth Dakota (SD)#252021#262022#232023

Hawaii (HI)

Hawaii (HI) flagHawaii (HI)#272021#202022#342023

District of Columbia (DC)

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Idaho (ID)

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New Hampshire (NH)

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Montana (MT)

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Nevada (NV)

Nevada (NV) flagNevada (NV)#442021#392022#312023

Delaware (DE)

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Vermont (VT)

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Alaska (AK)

Alaska (AK) flagAlaska (AK)#172021#302022#472023

Wyoming (WY)

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Popularity Rankings for Grace in other Countries and American Territories

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Rankings)

Popularity in Northern Ireland

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Popularity in Ireland

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Popularity in Australia (NSW)

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Popularity in Scotland

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Popularity in England and Wales

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Popularity in Other American Territories

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Guam flag Guam
Northern Mariana Islands flag Northern Mariana Islands
U.S. Virgin Islands flag U.S. Virgin Islands

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Popularity in New Zealand

New Zealand flagNew Zealand#182021#192022#182023

Popularity in Canada

Canada flagCanada#322021#362022#492023

Popularity in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico flagPuerto Rico#872021#1022022#1042023

Popularity in Chile

Chile flagChile#1722014#1942015#1982017

Popularity in Quebec, Canada

Quebec, Canada flagQuebec, Canada#3202020#3402021#2512022

Popularity in Switzerland

Switzerland flagSwitzerland#3332020#2562021#3542022

Popularity in Germany

Germany flagGermany#3102021#3182022#2902023

Popularity in Poland

Poland flagPoland#6032019#3972021#4582023

Popularity in Norway

Norway flagNorway#4022018#4122020#4302023

Popularity in Sweden

Sweden flagSweden#4332022#4102023

Source: Social Security Administration (SSA) and Other National Sources

Is Grace a Name for Boys or Girls?

Grace is often chosen for girls, thanks to its graceful and serene nature, reflecting qualities that are admired in feminine names. ​

Variants, Nicknames, Diminutives, and Ideal Middle Names for Grace

Grace in Famous People Names, Pop Culture, and Places

  • Grace Kelly (Actress, 1929–1982): An American actress who became the Princess of Monaco after marrying Prince Rainier III.
  • Grace Jones (Singer, born 1948): A Jamaican-American singer, actress, and model recognized for her distinctive style and music.
  • Grace Slick (Singer, born 1939): An American singer-songwriter celebrated for her role in the rock bands Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship.
  • Grace Hopper (Computer Scientist, 1906–1992): An American computer scientist and United States Navy rear admiral who was a pioneer in developing computer technology.
  • Grace VanderWaal (Singer, born 2004): An American singer-songwriter who won the eleventh season of "America's Got Talent."
  • Grace Park (Actress, born 1974): A Canadian-American actress acclaimed for her roles in "Battlestar Galactica" and "Hawaii Five-0."
  • Grace Gummer (Actress, born 1986): An American actress recognized for her roles in "Mr. Robot" and "American Horror Story."
  • Grace Potter (Singer, born 1983): An American singer-songwriter and musician celebrated for her work with the band Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.
  • Grace Adler ("Will & Grace," 1998 TV Series): An interior designer with a vibrant personality who shares a close friendship with her gay best friend, Will.
  • "Saving Grace" (2000 Film): A British comedy about a woman who turns to growing marijuana to solve her financial problems after her husband's death.
  • Grace Van Pelt ("The Mentalist," 2008 TV Series): A member of the California Bureau of Investigation who assists in solving crimes.
  • "Grace" (2014 Song by Jeff Buckley): A hauntingly beautiful song by the artist known for his ethereal voice.
  • Grace Trevelyan Grey ("Fifty Shades of Grey," 2011 Novel by E.L. James): Christian Grey's adoptive mother, a pediatrician who raised him with love and care.
  • Grace Sheffield ("The Nanny," 1993 TV Series): The youngest child in the Sheffield family who is wise beyond her years.
  • "Grace of Monaco" (2014 Film): A biographical drama about the life of Grace Kelly, who became Princess of Monaco.
  • Grace Bowman ("The Secret Life of the American Teenager," 2008 TV Series): A teenager navigating the challenges of high school, relationships, and her faith.
  • "Grace" (2018 Novel by Paul Lynch): A historical novel following a young girl named Grace who sets out on a journey across Ireland during the Great Famine.
  • Grace Marks ("Alias Grace," 2017 TV Series): A character based on a real-life convicted murderer whose story is told through a psychological thriller.
  • Grace City (North Dakota, USA): A small city in Foster County known for its tight-knit community and agricultural economy.
  • Grace Park (Illinois, USA): A public park in Chicago known for its green spaces and recreational facilities.
  • Grace Lake (Ontario, Canada): A lake in Ontario popular for fishing, boating, and its scenic surroundings.
  • Grace River (Alaska, USA): A river in Alaska known for its pristine waters and opportunities for fishing and kayaking.
  • Grace Bay (Providenciales, Turks and Caicos): A world-renowned beach known for its white sand and clear turquoise waters.
  • Grace Street (San Francisco, USA): A historic street known for its charming architecture and cultural significance.
  • Grace Island (British Columbia, Canada): An island in British Columbia noted for its natural beauty and wildlife.
  • Grace Mountain (New Hampshire, USA): A mountain in the White Mountains known for its hiking trails and panoramic views.
  • Grace Park (Auckland, New Zealand): A popular park in Auckland known for its sports facilities and community events.
  • Grace Township (Minnesota, USA): A township in Chippewa County known for its rural charm and agricultural community.

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