Meaning and name origin
Prudence \p-ruden-ce, pr(u)-de-nce\ as a girl's name is pronounced PROO-dens. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Prudence is "caution, discretion". Virtue name most common in the 16th, 17th, and 19th centuries. Mostly British use now.
For more information, see also the related girl name Verity.
There is 1 masculine form of Prudence: Prudencio.
Prudence is a very popular first name for females (#1655 out of 4276, Top 39%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Prudence for girls. Prudence reached its highest rank of #595 in the U.S. in 1880-1889. (2014 statistics).