Female, P names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names


Prudence is a female given name, the medieval English form of Prudentia, the feminine form of Prudentiusa Late Roman name which comes from Latin prudens meaning “wise, prudent”, a contracted form of providere (to see ahead, to forsee, provide) derived from a PIE root word. As an English word it refers to someone who shows good judgment or someone who is wise or discreet, and has good sense. Prudence is also a surname originating from the given name.

Nicknames: Prue/Pru

Origin: Proto-Indo-European



  • Prudentia (Late Roman)
  • Prudencia (Spanish)
  • Prudenzia (Italian)


Male forms:

  • Prudent (English, French)
  • Prudentius (Late Roman)
  • Prudencio (Spanish)
  • Prudenzio (Italian)





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