The name comes directly from the French word for plum. It has been in usage since the 18th-century when it appeared on the Revolutionary Calendar under the name-days of October 5 and June 8th, coinciding with the feast of St. Flora. The name fell out of usage after the Napoleonic era, but seems to be going through a vogue again. Its recent resurgence may have something to do with the 1970s French-Swiss Soap-Opera, Prune.
She appears in the French top 500, coming in as the 446th most popular female name in France, (2009).
Not only is Prune the name of the fruit in French, but it is also used to describe a colour and it is a slang in a few French dialects. The meanings are as follows:
- “Prune” is a slang term in Quebecois for a bruise.
- “Prune” is also a French slang for a criminal violation describing contravention.
- In the Plural form, “les prunes”, is a slang for testicles.