Dictionary of Medieval Names
from European Sources

Prudence f. Latin prudentia 'prudence; discretion, good sense'.

This virtue name is rare before the 16th C.

England
Latin
1340xc1450 Prudencie (gen) CovGuild-1 p. 21, Prudens (nom) ibid. p. 96
Early Modern English
1564 Prudence StAnthonlin p. 17; 1573 Prudence CAmar-vol1 p. 3; 1576 Prudence RegBisham p. 4; 1581 Prudence DEmar-vol2 p. 6; 1584 Prudence bruton-vol1 p. 46; 1588 Prudence Bar-in-El p. 26; 1592 Prudence WAmar-1 p. 41; 1596 Prudence DEmar-vol2 p. 34; 1598 Prudens WAmar-1 p. 16
Italy
Latin
1522x1532 Prudencia (nom) DSF p. 57, 18; 1527 Prudentia (nom) Rome1527 p. 87
Cite as: S.L. Uckelman. "Prudence". In S.L. Uckelman, ed. The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources, Edition 2017, no. 1. http://dmnes.org/2017/1/name/Prudence.