As we approach this holiday season, and as reports of violence and simple cruelty seem to run rampant, the need for peace is more prevalent than it has ever been. It has started me wondering if Peace itself is a usable name. I am already a fan of virtue names---Felicity, Joy, Hope, Faith, Grace. However, is Peace just stepping a bit too far?
I've only ever heard it used as a name in a book by Louisa May Alcott, Eight Cousins. It was the name of her great-aunt. The great-aunt's sister was Plenty.
The full name would be Peace Eliza S_____son.
Oh! We have a commenter here named Peace, so I'll be eager to hear her firsthand report! She's recommended her own name before, though, so I think we can start with one vote in favor.
Without that endorsement, I would have said absolutely not. The name's sentiment is wonderful, but the sound-alike slang word "piece" (nice piece, piece of that, piece of ass) seems like it would be irresistible and unavoidable.
More specifically to your situation, I wouldn't pair it with a surname beginning in S: Peace S____ is either too hissy with the double S, or else it can make the first name sound like Pee.
I do think Peace might work very well as a middle name. For a first name, I'd instead consider Serenity or Harmony. To get a little further off the beaten path, names like Accord or Truce or Calm or Amity or Tranquility might work. A name like Eden gets across the concept of a perfect world. A name like Haven gives the feeling of rest and safety. And of course there's the name Pax, which is the Latin word for Peace.
Let's have a poll over to the right about the name Peace. [Poll closed; see results below.]