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

The name Prudence is a girl's name meaning "caution". Prudence and is often added to lists like Old Lady Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Themed Families..".

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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.

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Famous People Named Prudence

Prudence Anne Villiers Farrow Bruns, author and sister of Mia Farrow
Prudence Liew (Mei-Gwan), Hong Kong pop singer
Prudence Crandall, American Quaker schoolteacher and civil rights activist
Prudence Ann McIntyre, American singer of duo Prudence & Patience
Prudence Heward, Canadian painter
Prudence Johnson, American jazz singer
(Prudence) Richarda Eveleyn Morrow-Tate, English aviatrix; first female pilot to fly around the world

Pop Culture References for the name Prudence

Prudence "Prue" Halliwell, character on TV's Charmed
Prudence, character in the movie "Across the Universe," inspired by the Beatles' "Dear Prudence"
Prudence Everett, character on TV's "Nanny and the Professor"
Prudence Alessandra "Rue" Maccon Akeldama, character in Gail Carriger's Timeless and Custard Protocol series
Prudence Melinda Halliwell, Piper and Leo's daughter on TV's "Charmed"
Prudence, girl in book series "Once Upon a Potty"
Prudence Macintyre, character 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 Standish, character on TV soap "Passions"
Prudence a character in "One Bug Happy"
Prudence, character in Disney's "Cinderella II: Dreams Come True"
Prudence Rutherford, character in Nancy Drew computer games
Prudence, a 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 Cruff, character in Elizabeth George Speare's children's book "The Witch of Blackbird Pond"

Prudentia, Prudi, Pru, Pruie, Prudie, Prudy

Prudence's International Variations

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