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Sage (plural sages)
1. A wise man; a man of gravity and wisdom; especially, a man venerable for years, and of sound judgment and prudence; a grave philosopher.
From Old French Sage (11th century), from Gallo-Romance *sabius, from Vulgar Latin *sapius, from Latin sapere (to taste, to discern, to be wise), from Proto-Indo European base *sap- (to taste). The noun meaning "man of profound wisdom" is recorded from circa 1300. Originally applied to the Seven Sages of Greece.
Translations wise man
As an herb, there are over 750 varieties of Sage. Including, Blue Sage, White Sage, Golden Sage. Etc.
Smudging has been used since ancient times by many people as a ceremony of purification--among pre-Christian pagans as well as Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches, among Hindus and Buddhists as well as Cherokee and Lakota.
It seems like a lot of people think Sage is more of a girls' name than a boys' name, but I really think it sounds better for a boy. It sounds too harsh on a girl, at least for me. I imagine a female Sage as modern and a bit stand-offish. For a boy, the name would make me think of a good guy, genuinely kind, sincere, chivalrous, knowledgable, educated, quick-witted, clever, and just generally charming. I'm considering it for the middle name of my potential future son.
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