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Apparently this is an unpopular opinion here, but I think the name Prudence sounds really nice. I'm a young adult and honestly, no one really calls anyone a prude anymore so I don't think that would really be an issue? I don't know if I'd use this name on a child, but it would definitely be very cute on a pet.
Paige  6/5/2019
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Prudence is an old woman living in an assisted living facility (nothing wrong with that, she's just that old), she has been around since 1869, she's wrinkly, dusty, crusty, musty, pruny, flabby, lumpy, she has cobwebs, and she's as dry as the Sahara. But she loves knitting and baking cookies for everyone!
Azifa  12/12/2018
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People will call the kid a prude, prudish, and prune. Terrible name.
Luvbug86  8/27/2018
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Sounds like prude, a word that doesn't have a nice meaning. It sounds strict anyway, like the name of a old headmistress. Miss Prudence.
kayisforkeen  8/19/2018
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I think Prudence is a lovely name that should be used more often.
― Anonymous User  8/12/2018
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This name makes me think of Dear Prudence By The Beatles. Not a fan.
XxTween.BeanxX  6/2/2018
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I absolutely love the name Prudence. It's uncommon and sweet. I would definitely name my daughter Prudence.
― Anonymous User  4/27/2018
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Prudence is a good virtue, but not a good name, in my opinion.
Morgan1599  12/6/2017
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The name Prudence was given to 69 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/22/2016
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This is my dog's name. It's a good name for a timid, shy dog.
Natalie36  4/21/2016
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I just named my daughter Prudence. I think it's a beautiful name. Not only is it one of my favorite songs by the Beatle's "Dear Prudence" which is a beautiful song, but the meaning of the name is what sold us on naming our daughter. Prudence means sensible, prudent, cautious, and intelligent. It is most important that people give their children powerful and moving names. It will affect them in great ways as they mature.
Mommy  2/3/2016
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This name makes me think of either an old woman from the 1800's or a stuck-up rich girl.
― Anonymous User  12/1/2015
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My name is Prudence and I'm 13. I don't really like my own name, but oh well.
squareflake  11/7/2015
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I really love this name. It's a traditional, strong, feminine girls name. Pru is also adorable for a nickname.
― Anonymous User  6/14/2015
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I really think that the comments should have two sections... "Good" and "Bad." Just so nobody gets offended. Anyway, I do really enjoy this name. I've never met a Prudence, but I really hope I do!
― Anonymous User  5/12/2015
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A exceptionally rare variant of this name is Prudice. It belongs to an Instagram personality Prudice Callen who lives in Bath, Somerset, England. The name is so rare it isn't actually registered on this site.
OttilieMaisie  4/3/2015
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I adore this name! The meaning is great and it sounds very refined, if I ever have a daughter her name will be, without a doubt, Prudence.
BuyBeerOrPayTheRent  8/22/2014
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My granddaughter is called Prudence. Although normally referred to as Prue, she really likes her name. So if anyone likes the name and is undecided, it worked for her.
Diane Jolly  8/12/2014
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I think it a lovely name. =) I am aware anyone called this may be teased and called a 'prude' however they can insist firmly about being called "Pru" as a nickname, which sounds quite pretty, don't you think?
― Anonymous User  6/1/2014
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I'm just absolutely in love with this name! It sounds so beautiful and sophisticated.
EqualityandLoveRall  5/19/2014
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Rare in france. Names that are nouns are rarely given, here.
luxsword  4/28/2014
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Prudence Crandall was a Quaker schoolteacher from New England who stirred controversy for creating an integrated girls' school that permitted both white and black girls. Personally, I'm not a fan of the name, but I do like the famous bearer.
Lolth  4/12/2013
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The French pronunciation of Prudence is: proo-DAWNS (compare also the pronunciation of Clémence, Florence and Laurence, where the -ence is pronounced exactly the same).
Lucille  1/21/2013
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I actually really like this name and don't think of old and snobby people. I seem to love the old Victorian names though, so it isn't surprising. I especially love the nickname, it is really cute. Maybe I will name one of my future daughters Prudence.
Marilyn86  8/15/2012
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In France, Prudence can be the masculine form of Prudentius. I think they also use it on females there (making it a unisex name in France), but about that I am not quite certain. The French also have the form Prudent (which is exclusively used for males), but it seems to be a bit rarer in use than Prudence.

A known bearer of the name in France is the French saint Prudentius of Troyes (who in French is called Prudence de Troyes). [noted -ed]
Lucille  2/19/2012
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I don't care what all of you think: I think that Prudence is a very cute name. It's sweet and old-fashioned, and I like the nickname Pru. I think this name is more fitted for a cat than a girl, but I still find it adorable.
blondieboo629  8/7/2011
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I love this name, I've always liked older-style names, I named my guitar Prudence after the song by the Beatles.
Niji_Usagi  1/9/2010
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I'm sorry, but Prudence is a crusty, sour, wrinkly, dried-up old person name.
― Anonymous User  9/2/2009
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I like this name, but it sounds too close to the word "prudish", which makes me immediately think of snooty Victorian era people.
bananarama  7/29/2009
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I don't like it. This name reminds me of the word prune for some reason.
kool_babe14  5/27/2009
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This name is underused. I'd love to meet a young Prudence.
vomiting  3/12/2009
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I don't like the word rude in it.
Hushpuppy  12/24/2008
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This is the name of one of Berta's granddaughters on Two and a Half Men.
number1212  4/29/2008
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Prudence Charity King is the main character in Jacqueline Wilson's "Love Lessons" novel. She has a younger sister, Grace Patience, and falls in love with her Art teacher, despite only being fourteen. I didn't really like the name before very much, but the character wrecked the name completely.
DontDissMadison  1/1/2008
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Like others have said, Prudence makes me think of the words prude and prune. It also seems like an old lady name.
LilaMayaNeve  8/23/2007
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I am the only Prudence that I know, and I've lived in about 6 different countries, so I don't think it's travelled very far. I prefer people to call me Prue (as opposed to Pru, the spelling of which just annoys me)

I understand completely that some people find Prudence a slighty 'ponsy' stuck-up, aristocrat name, but I like the nickname much more, and I like having a name that isn't unheard of, but not very common either.

(Of course, some idiots still say to me 'when I first heard someone say that you were called prue, I though they said prune. HAR HAR HAR!' [this makes me want to weep in despair])
05pjames  7/1/2007
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Prudence McIntyre, half of sister singing act Patience and Prudence. Hits included "Tonight You Belong to Me" and "Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now."
Kosta  6/4/2007
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I don't like this name much. It has that whole Puritanical virtue name sort of vibe one associated with the Pilgrims. But more importantly, it it reminds me of "prude" and "prune." "Pru" makes sort of a cute nickname. But I would never consider this name.
― Anonymous User  4/2/2007
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What? You want your kid to be called prude as, not only an insult, but a nickname? A bit cruel to the poor girl.
writing the world  3/16/2007
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This name is NOT good. Better as middle name in my opinion. I don't know who'd actually want their name to be Prudence, although I do like the nickname Pru. But Prudence is better for a character than a human.
― Anonymous User  3/5/2007
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This name sounds like it belongs to someone old and mean, no offense meant. The short form Pru is kind of cute. But if you want to use the whole name, I won't try to stop you. It's your choice if it means something to you.
scarletquillraven  2/14/2007
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Prudence "Tuppence" Beresford is a detective from some of Agatha Christie's novels. She solves crimes along with her husband, Tommy Beresford. They appear in "N or M?", "Partners In Crime", "Postern of Fate", and other books.
― Anonymous User  1/11/2007
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No offense to people who like or have the name Prudence, but I really don't like it as a name. It makes me think of prune.
ekatz7  7/11/2006
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Prudence Pimpleton was the name of the girlfriend of Fearless Fosdick, Al Capp's takeoff on Dick Tracy, who appeared in his strip Li'l Abner.
Kosta  5/17/2006
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Prudence Halliwell was a character on Charmed for a few seasons.
patchworkgirl  3/21/2006
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Dear Prudence is a song by The Beatles (written about Mia Farrow's sister I think).
― Anonymous User  12/13/2005

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