Gender: Feminine
Origin: English/French
Meaning: “prudence.”

The name is ultimately derived from the Latin Prudentia a feminine form of the Late Latin, Prudentius, which is derived from the Latin prudens meaning, “prudent, good judgment.”

The name was borne by a few early Christian martyrs and was in usage in Europe during the Middle Ages. It was revived in the 17th-century by the Puritans.

Other forms of the name include:

  • Prudència (Catalan)
  • Prudence (English/French)
  • Prudenzia (Italian)
  • Prudenziana (Italian)
  • Prudentia (Late Latin)
  • Prudentiana (Late Latin)
  • Prudencia (Spanish)

A common English short form is Prue.

Male forms include: Prudenzio (Italian) Prundentius (Late Latin), Prudencio (Spanish).

In the 1960s, the Beatles penned the famous pop song, Dear Prudence.

The designated name-day is May 6 (France).



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