First Name
6k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
105
in the U.S.
in 2010
Girls
Boys
On This Page

How to Pronounce Prudence

  • Automated Male (English)
    Is this an accurate pronunciation?
  • Automated Female (English)
    Is this an accurate pronunciation?
How difficult is it to pronounce Prudence?

Meaning and Origin

What does the name Prudence mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Prudence

Submit the origin and/or meaning of Prudence to us below

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Pru"dence
The quality or state of being prudent; wisdom in the way of caution and provision; discretion; carefulness; hence, also, economy; frugality.

Etymology: F., fr. L. prudentia, contr. from providentia. See Prudent, and cf. Providence

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Discretion in practical affairs
  2. Knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress
Wiktionary
  1. A female given name, one of the Puritan virtue names.

Notable Persons Named Prudence

Prudence Farrow is an author, meditation teacher, and producer. Prudence was given the name Prudence Anne Villiers Farrow on January 20th, 1948 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Popularity:

Richarda was given the name Prudence Richarda Eveleyn Routh on November 22nd, 1923. She passed away on December 17th, 1982.

Popularity:

Prudence Liew is a pop music singing, actor, television presenter, and film producer. She has had major accomplishments since 1982. Prudence was born on December 10th, 1964 in Hong Kong.

Popularity:

Prudence was born in 1946.

Popularity:

Prudence Heward was an artist. Prudence was given the name Efa Prudence Heward on July 2nd, 1896 in Montreal. She passed away on March 19th, 1947.

Popularity:

Notable Persons With the Last Name Prudence

Matthew Prudence is a sports team member for the Swaffham Town F.C.

Popularity:

How popular is the baby name Prudence in the U.S.?

Click Here to Show Chart Data
Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 17 17 0
1881 9 9 0
1882 7 7 0
1883 11 11 0
1884 8 8 0
1885 14 14 0
1886 19 19 0
1887 10 10 0
1888 20 20 0
1889 17 17 0
1890 19 19 0
1891 15 15 0
1892 16 16 0
1893 22 22 0
1894 21 21 0
1895 14 14 0
1896 17 17 0
1897 12 12 0
1898 27 27 0
1899 16 16 0
1900 28 28 0
1901 18 18 0
1902 22 22 0
1903 19 19 0
1904 19 19 0
1905 17 17 0
1906 22 22 0
1907 25 25 0
1908 17 17 0
1909 30 30 0
1910 18 18 0
1911 22 22 0
1912 39 39 0
1913 40 40 0
1914 29 29 0
1915 42 42 0
1916 58 58 0
1917 74 74 0
1918 67 67 0
1919 55 55 0
1920 74 74 0
1921 55 55 0
1922 58 58 0
1923 57 57 0
1924 63 63 0
1925 84 84 0
1926 66 66 0
1927 75 75 0
1928 51 51 0
1929 51 51 0
1930 58 58 0
1931 46 46 0
1932 49 49 0
1933 49 49 0
1934 46 46 0
1935 56 56 0
1936 51 51 0
1937 57 57 0
1938 66 66 0
1939 69 69 0
1940 65 65 0
1941 68 68 0
1942 106 106 0
1943 140 140 0
1944 110 110 0
1945 96 96 0
1946 102 102 0
1947 103 103 0
1948 86 86 0
1949 76 76 0
1950 64 64 0
1951 65 65 0
1952 64 64 0
1953 65 65 0
1954 55 55 0
1955 48 48 0
1956 59 59 0
1957 54 54 0
1958 33 33 0
1959 43 43 0
1960 38 38 0
1961 36 36 0
1962 44 44 0
1963 42 42 0
1964 36 36 0
1965 36 36 0
1966 35 35 0
1967 32 32 0
1968 25 25 0
1969 26 26 0
1970 64 64 0
1971 104 104 0
1972 77 77 0
1973 71 71 0
1974 47 47 0
1975 48 48 0
1976 47 47 0
1977 25 25 0
1978 22 22 0
1979 32 32 0
1980 14 14 0
1981 19 19 0
1982 17 17 0
1983 13 13 0
1984 7 7 0
1985 12 12 0
1986 14 14 0
1987 8 8 0
1988 6 6 0
1989 8 8 0
1990 8 8 0
1991 10 10 0
1992 7 7 0
1993 5 5 0
1994 8 8 0
1995 12 12 0
1996 6 6 0
1997 7 7 0
1998 7 7 0
2000 10 10 0
2001 10 10 0
2002 15 15 0
2003 17 17 0
2004 22 22 0
2005 24 24 0
2006 31 31 0
2007 30 30 0
2008 36 36 0
2009 55 55 0
2010 60 60 0
2011 82 82 0
2012 53 53 0
2013 76 76 0
2014 60 60 0
2015 69 69 0
2016 81 81 0
2017 95 95 0

Where is the name Prudence popular?

View popular names by state or region.

Popularity of Prudence as a first name

The map shows the relative popularity of the name Prudence as a first name in each of the states. See other popular names in New York, Massachusetts, or Maine.

Popularity of Prudence as a last name

The map shows the absolute popularity of the name Prudence as a last name in each of the states. See other popular names in Utah, California, or Michigan.

Common last names for Prudence

  • Brown
  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Moore
  • Jones
  • Martin
  • Patterson

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Prudence U.S.
  White 72.38% 64.26%
  African American 16.19% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 4.76% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 5.71% 16.26%

Of Last Name Prudence

People with the last name Prudence are most frequently White or African American

Entire United States

Fun Facts about the name Prudence

  • How Popular is the name Prudence? Prudence is the 3,530th most popular name of all time. As a last name Prudence was the 154,907th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Prudence have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 5,556 babies born with the first name Prudence in the United States. That's more than enough people named Prudence to occupy the territory of Montserrat (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 4,922 (as of May 12, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Prudence? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 17 new born babies.
  • When was Prudence first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Prudence is Wednesday, September 15th, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Prudence born? The highest recorded use of the first name Prudence was in 1943 with a total of 140 babies.
  • Random Prudence Factoid: According to the 1954 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Prudence is not a popular baby girl's name in New York. Imagine that, only 7 babies in New York have the same name as you in 1954.
  • Weird things about the name Prudence: Your name in reverse order is Ecnedurp. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Neucderp. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Prudence? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 105 people with the last name Prudence.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Prudence? Prudence is one of the most unique last names recorded.

What Prudences Have Visited This Page?

Name poster for Prudence

Name poster for Prudence(click to save the high quality version)

Most Popular Names

All Name Lists

  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (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.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.