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Origin and Meaning of Confidence

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  • A submission from United Kingdom says the name Confidence means "Bold, perseverance" and is of African origin.
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Con"fi*dence
  1. The act of confiding, trusting, or putting faith in; trust; reliance; belief; -- formerly followed by of, now commonly by in."Society is built upon trust, and trust upon confidence of one another's integrity." [South.]"A cheerful confidence in the mercy of God." [Macaulay.]
  2. That in which faith is put or reliance had."The Lord shall be thy confidence." [Prov. iii. 26.]
  3. The state of mind characterized by one's reliance on himself, or his circumstances; a feeling of self-sufficiency; such assurance as leads to a feeling of security; self-reliance; -- often with self prefixed."Your wisdom is consumed in confidence; Do not go forth to-day." [Shak.]"But confidence then bore thee on secure Either to meet no danger, or to find Matter of glorious trial." [Milton.]
  4. Private conversation; (pl.) secrets shared; as, there were confidences between them."Sir, I desire some confidence with you." [Shak.]
    synonyms: Trust; assurance; expectation; hope.
    "I am confident that very much be done." [Boyle.]
  5. Trustful; without fear or suspicion; frank; unreserved."Be confident to speak, Northumberland; We three are but thyself." [Shak.]
  6. Having self-reliance; bold; undaunted."As confident as is the falcon's flight Against a bird, do I with Mowbray fight." [Shak.]
  7. Having an excess of assurance; bold to a fault; dogmatical; impudent; presumptuous."The fool rageth and is confident." [Prov. xiv. 16.]
  8. Giving occasion for confidence.(R)"The cause was more confident than the event was prosperous." [Jer. Taylor.]

Etymology: L. confidentia firm trust in, self-confidence: cf. F. confidence

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Freedom from doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities ("after that failure he lost his confidence")
  2. A secret that is confided or entrusted to another ("everyone trusted him with their confidences" and "the priest could not reveal her confidences")
  3. A feeling of trust (in someone or something) ("I have confidence in our team" and "confidence is always borrowed, never owned")
  4. A trustful relationship ("he took me into his confidence")
  5. A state of confident hopefulness that events will be favorable ("public confidence in the economy")

From Middle French confidence, from Latin cōnfīdentia from cōnfīdō from con- (“with”) + fīdō (“trust”)

  1. Passive self-assurance.
  2. Expression or feeling of certainty.
  3. The quality of trusting.
  4. Information held in secret.

confidence was also found in the following language(s): French

Fun Facts about the name Confidence

  • When was the first name Confidence first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Confidence is Saturday, August 1st, 1908.
  • How unique is the name Confidence? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Confidence. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Confidence: Your name in reverse order is Ecnedifnoc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ncoenidfce. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Confidence born Feb 24, 2005

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Northern Canada approximately on 1400. Your profession was seaman, dealer, businessman, and broker.

Psychologically, you had a Bohemian personality - mysterious, highly gifted, capable of understanding ancient books. Magical abilities, could be a servant of dark forces. The timid, lonely and self-confident people are everywhere, and your problem - to overcome these tendencies in yourself and then to help other people.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.