Sage comes from an English word meaning “wise”, referring to someone who was wise and knowledgable. It comes from Latin *sapius via *sapere (to taste, to discern, to be wise) derived from PIE root word *sap- (to taste, to try out). Sage is also the name of an herb used in cooking, Salvia officinalis (common sage). The origin of this word comes from Latin salvia (sage) via salvus (healthy, wholesome) derived from PIE root word *solh₂- (whole, well-kept). Sage is also an English surname, originating as a nickname for someone who was wise or a holy man; it could also have been given as an ironic name for someone who was the opposite.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European



  • Sayge (English)
  • Saige (English)



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s