Virtue name

Prudence Origin and Meaning

The name Prudence is a girl's name meaning "caution".

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.

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Famous People Named Prudence

  • Prudence Anne Villiers Farrow Brunsauthor and sister of Mia Farrow
  • Prudence Liew (MeiGwan), Hong Kong pop singer
  • Prudence CrandallAmerican Quaker schoolteacher and civil rights activist
  • Prudence Ann McIntyreAmerican singer of duo Prudence & Patience
  • Prudence HewardCanadian painter
  • Prudence JohnsonAmerican jazz singer
  • (Prudence) Richarda Eveleyn MorrowTate, English aviatrix; first female pilot to fly around the world

Prudence in Pop Culture

  • Prudence "Prue" Halliwellcharacter on TV's Charmed
  • Prudencecharacter in the movie "Across the Universe," inspired by the Beatles' "Dear Prudence"
  • Prudence Everettcharacter on TV's "Nanny and the Professor"
  • Prudence Alessandra "Rue" Maccon Akeldamacharacter in Gail Carriger's Timeless and Custard Protocol series
  • Prudence Melinda HalliwellPiper and Leo's daughter on TV's "Charmed"
  • Prudence Johnna "P.J." HalliwellPhoebe and Coop's daughter in the Charmed comics
  • Prudencegirl in book series "Once Upon a Potty"
  • Prudence Macintyrecharacter in TV movies "Dear Prudence" and "Perfectly Prudence"
  • Prudence "Tuppence" Crowley Beresford from Agatha Christie's "Tommy and Tuppence" mystery/spy novels and movies
  • Prudence Standishcharacter on TV soap "Passions"
  • Prudence a character in "One Bug Happy"
  • Prudencecharacter in Disney's "Cinderella II: Dreams Come True"
  • Prudence Rutherfordcharacter in Nancy Drew computer games
  • Prudencea pretty girl with no sense of humor in the "St Clare" book series by Enid Blyton
  • "Prudence and the Pill" 1968 movie
  • "Dear Prudence" song by the Beatles
  • "Dear Prudence" long,running advice column
  • Prudence Cruffcharacter in Elizabeth George Speare's children's book "The Witch of Blackbird Pond"
  • Prudence Blackwoodcharacter on “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”

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