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Gender: F Meaning of Prudence: "caution" Origin of Prudence: Virtue name

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Prudence, like Hope and Faith, is a Puritan virtue name with a quiet charm and sensitivity that is slowly returning to favor, though it hasn't yet registered on the charts.

The White Album Beatles song Dear Prudence was written for Prudence Farrow, sister of Mia, who was with them in India when studying with the Marahishi Mahesh Yogi, seeking enlightenment.

One notable historic bearer is Prudence Crandall, a 19th century Quaker schoolteacher who stirred controversy by admitting an African-American student. In pop culture, Prudence Halliwell was one of the three witches on Charmed, sister to Piper and Phoebe.

Asset: Sweet nickname Pru/Prue.

Famous People Named Prudence

Prudence Anne Villiers Farrow Bruns, author and sister of Mia Farrow

Pop Culture References for the Name Prudence

Prudence, Condom brand
"Dear Prudence," song by the Beatles
Prudence Everett, character (played by Kim Richards) on the 1970s TV show "Nanny and the Professor"
Prudence Alessandra Maccon Akeldama, character in Gail Carriger's "Timeless"
Prudence "Prue" Halliwell, character in TV series "Charmed"
Prudence was a character in the movie "Across the Universe"
Prudence, the name of the child in the girl version of potty training series "Once Upon a Potty" {Her male counterpart was Joshua}
Prudence Macintyre, character (played by Jane Seymour) in the TV movies "Dear Prudence" and "Perfectly Prudence"
Prudence "Tuppence" Crowley Beresford from Agatha Christie's "Tommy and Tuppence" mystery/spy novels and movies

Pru, Prudentia, Prudi, Prudie, Prudy, Pruie

Prudence's International Variations

Prew, Prudenzia, Prudentiane, Prewdence, Prue (French) Prudencia (Spanish)