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.
- Sayge (English)
- Saige (English)