GENDER: Feminine & Masculine
USAGE: English, French
PRONOUNCED: PROO-dənts (English), PRUY-DAHNS (French)  [details]

Meaning & History

Medieval English form of Prudentia, the feminine form of PRUDENTIUS. In France it is both the feminine form and a rare masculine form. In England it was used during the Middle Ages and was revived in the 17th century by the Puritans, in part from the English word prudence, ultimately of the same source.
DIMINUTIVES: Pru, Prue (English)
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Prudenzio (Italian), Prudentia, Prudentius (Late Roman), Prudencia, Prudencio (Spanish)


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Entry updated July 2, 2017