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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Sage

"Sage" is a name of English origin, and it means "Herb or Prophet". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Sage
A suffruticose labiate plant (Salvia officinalis) with grayish green foliage, much used in flavoring meats, etc. The name is often extended to the whole genus, of which many species are cultivated for ornament, as the scarlet sage, and Mexican red and blue sage.The sagebrush.

Etymology: OE. sauge, F. sauge, L. salvia, from salvus saved, in allusion to its reputed healing virtues. See Safe

adjective Sage
  1. Having nice discernment and powers of judging; prudent; grave; sagacious."All you sage counselors, hence!" [Shak.]
  2. Proceeding from wisdom; well judged; shrewd; well adapted to the purpose."Commanders, who, cloaking their fear under show of sage advice, counseled the general to retreat." [Milton.]
  3. Grave; serious; solemn.(R)"Great bards] in sageand solemn tunes have sung." [Milton.]
    synonyms: Wise; sagacious; sapient; grave; prudent; judicious.

Etymology: F., fr. L. sapiusonly in nesapius unwise, foolish), fr. sapere to be wise; perhaps akin to E. sap. Cf. Savor Sapient Insipid

noun Sage
A wise man; a man of gravity and wisdom; especially, a man venerable for years, and of sound judgment and prudence; a grave philosopher.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Aromatic fresh or dried grey-green leaves used widely as seasoning for meats and fowl and game etc
  2. A mentor in spiritual and philosophical topics who is renowned for profound wisdom
  3. Any of various plants of the genus Salvia; a cosmopolitan herb
  4. Of the grey-green color of sage leaves
  5. Having wisdom that comes with age and experience
  1. A male given name
  2. A female given name

Sage was also found in the following language(s): German

Notable Persons Named Sage

Sage Stallone was an actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. His most notable accomplishments were from 1990 to 1990. Sage was born Sage Stallone as the child of Sylvester Stallone on May 5th, 1976 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. He breathed his last breath on July 13th, 2012.


Sage was born on March 1st, 1996 in Katy, Texas.


Sage the Gemini is a hip hop music musician. He has been prominent since 2008. Sage was given the name Dominic Wynn Woods on June 20th, 1992 in Fairfield, California, or San Francisco, California, U.S.


Sage Steele is a sportscaster. She holds the title Host and reporter. Sage was given the name Sage Marie Steele on November 28th, 1972 in Panama Canal Zone.


Sage is a comics character.


Sage Francis is a hip hop music rapping and spoken word. He was most active from 1996 to 1996. Sage was given the name Paul William Francis on November 18th, 1976 in Miami, Florida, United States.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Sage

Halston Sage is an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2011 to present. Halston was given the name Halston Jean Schrage on May 10th, 1993 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.


Sinn was given the name Rachel on October 4th, 1983 in Arcata, California.


Sage is a comics character.


Bill was born on April 3rd, 1962 in New York City.


Jon Savage is a music journalism, presenter, writer, music journalist, and broadcaster. Jon was given the name Jonathan Malcolm Sage on September 2nd, 1953 in Paddington, London, England.


Greg Sage is a punk rock and post-punk musician. He plays Gibson SG. His ongoing career started in 1977.


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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1921 5 0 5
1963 5 5 0
1964 6 6 0
1966 10 10 0
1968 15 10 5
1969 18 11 7
1970 39 16 23
1971 37 15 22
1972 51 26 25
1973 48 21 27
1974 63 39 24
1975 66 35 31
1976 83 38 45
1977 86 52 34
1978 110 53 57
1979 77 46 31
1980 70 35 35
1981 74 41 33
1982 90 51 39
1983 62 34 28
1984 63 37 26
1985 90 44 46
1986 77 37 40
1987 91 61 30
1988 122 67 55
1989 131 80 51
1990 217 115 102
1991 424 167 257
1992 380 187 193
1993 387 211 176
1994 456 254 202
1995 542 288 254
1996 648 337 311
1997 876 460 416
1998 753 393 360
1999 913 521 392
2000 949 557 392
2001 972 589 383
2002 1,063 683 380
2003 1,098 747 351
2004 1,190 880 310
2005 1,206 868 338
2006 1,096 766 330
2007 1,004 682 322
2008 990 690 300
2009 1,090 791 299
2010 905 641 264
2011 907 646 261
2012 948 624 324
2013 987 665 322
2014 1,247 841 406
2015 1,283 882 401
2016 1,454 928 526

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Popularity of Sage as a first name

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Popularity of Sage as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Sage U.S.
  White 89.42% 64.26%
  African American 1.53% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.85% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 3.23% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.96% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.02% 16.26%

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People with the last name Sage are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Sage

  • How Popular is the name Sage? Sage is the 1,483rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Sage was the 3,222nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Sage have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 25,574 babies born with the first name Sage in the United States. That's more than enough people named Sage to occupy the territory of British Virgin Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 24,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Sage? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1921 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Sage first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Sage is Friday, January 17th, 1879.
  • What year had the most people named Sage born? The highest recorded use of the first name Sage was in 2016 with a total of 928 babies.
  • Random Sage Factoid: According to the 1997 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Sage ranks 116th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Wyoming. Imagine that, 5 babies in Wyoming have the same name as you in 1997.
  • Weird things about the name Sage: Your name in reverse order is Egas. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Esag. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Sage? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 11,207 people with the last name Sage.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Sage? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 4 of them will have Sage as their last name.

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  • 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).
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