Corny name.
To me (native speaker of German) Prosper sounds like the name of a coal mine or a ship. Prosper-Haniel is the name of the last active coal mine in the Ruhr area.
Prosper Dezitter was a Belgian collaborator with Nazi Germany in World War II. Dezitter was born in Passendale in 1893. In May 1913 he fled to Canada after being convicted of rape and sentenced to three years in prison. In 1918, he briefly joined the newly formed Royal Air Force, but his enlistment ended after a few months with the ending of World War 1. He returned to Belgium in 1926, where he worked as a car salesman, but spent six years in prison for embezzlement and escroqueries au marriage - "marriage fraud".
Very rare and dated.
I'm not quite sure why, but when I first saw this name, I assumed it was a girls' name. It has quite a... I don't know, quite a soft sound to it that makes it seem less masculine. That's not to say that I don't like it on a boy; I do. But I actually love it as a girls' name, though I know several people think of that as some sort of heinous crime.
In The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke, one of the main characters, Prosper, also goes by the nickname Prop. Or maybe that was just in the movie version.
"Live long and Prosper", the famous line from Star Trek, was my first thought. I think this name is very cool, but I can't stop thinking about Spock giving the Vulcan salute. Http://
I adore Prosper. It strikes me as very wholesome and simple, yet strong and beautiful. I think someone called Prosper would be a trustworthy person, and that it could work on females as well as males, as it's a verb and word names always strike me as multisex.
Prosper Merimee was a French historian, dramatist, short story writer and archaeologist. He is known for writing the novel Carmen. He was also the first interpreter of Russian literature into French.
Prosper is a verb. I don't think it's really something that ought to be used as a name. I'd rather use Prospero.
Famous bearer: Prosper Hartlieb, from The Thief Lord, written by novelist Cornelia Funke.
Prosper is the name of the star in the novel "The Shining Company", by Rosemary Sutcliff. In the book, teenage Prosper and his page, Con, enlist in an army that intends to defeat invading saxons in early Britain.
Famous bearer: Prosper from Thief Lord by Caroline Funke.

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