Prince comes from the name of a royal title, referring to a male son or grandson of a king or queen. It’s also been used to refer to someone who is outstanding in a particular group or class or someone who possesses fine or admirable traits. The name comes from Latin princeps meaning “first, foremost; chief, distinguished” made up from Proto-Italic *priisemos (first, foremost) derived from a PIE root word; and the suffix *-kaps (to take, seize) also derived from a PIE root word. Prince is also a surname derived from the source above, originally used as a nickname for someone who behaved in a regal manner or who’d played the part of a prince in a pageant or play.
- Princess (English)