Where does the word “generosity” come from?

The word “generous” starts with the ancient root gen-, which means creation or “begetting” (other words with this root are genesis, generation, genealogy, etc.). It’s also related to the Latin word genus, meaning kin or clan (genus is a category used in science to name animals and plants). But the word “generous” has had different meanings over time. In the 1500s, it was used to mostly describe something from “noble birth,” changing over the centuries to connect to ideas of charity. Nowadays we might think of “freely giving” when we hear the word “generosity” – giving of our time, talents, and treasures. – Vicar Aaron Musser