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Prudence v Florence

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looki Wed 24-Jul-13 16:41:15

Is Prudence going to become as 'fashionable' as Florence? They are so similar?

8thplace Wed 24-Jul-13 16:59:16

I don't know of any resurgence of the name Prudence but have to say I prefer Florence of the two.

squoosh Wed 24-Jul-13 17:14:37

Florence isn't my favourite name in the world but it's far preferable to Prudence which I would be very surprised to see soar in popularity.

Prudence is so dowdy, and of all the virtues to have, being prudent must be the most boring of all.

After chastity of course.

PeterParkerSays Wed 24-Jul-13 17:17:07

Prudence seems old fashioned, where Florence has moved from old lady to quirky.

Abbreviated, Flo is also much nicer than Pru (which to me is just an insurance company)

CruCru Wed 24-Jul-13 18:04:53

Florence is a bit over used, especially as a middle name. I quite like Prudence, except Pru reminds me of the insurance company. I also like Constance.

gettingeasiernow Wed 24-Jul-13 18:42:14

Makes me think of Gordon Brown, banking, boom/bust. Go with Florence, much prettier.

stopgap Wed 24-Jul-13 19:16:42

I love both. I like the old Puritan names, particularly Constance.

SleepyCatOnTheMat Wed 24-Jul-13 19:20:52

I like both. I would never shorten Florence to Flo though (very old lady, with a headscarf and a faaaag!) - it would have to be Florrie or Flossie. Prudence would be Prue, and deserves to be more popular than it is.

Teamjavert Wed 24-Jul-13 19:22:39

Florence is much nicer. Prudence is hideous. I don't see it becoming popular for that reason.

Wbdn28 Wed 24-Jul-13 20:32:27

Prudence is quite nice actually. Better than being called Splurge. Decadence is getting a bit old-hat, isn't it? wink

looki Wed 24-Jul-13 22:59:54

I think they are very similar style names and very similar sounding names, but we are more used to hearing the name Florence these days. I'm not sure if one is particularly nicer than the other, rather more a case of one being more familiar than the other.

Florence is quite 'now' but I would think prior to the current 'rage' for the name, when the name Florence was brought up, it would have resulted in pretty much the same reaction as the name Prudence has for the most part received on this thread?

Leeds2 Wed 24-Jul-13 23:19:54

Florence for me|!

Teamjavert Wed 24-Jul-13 23:30:41

Prudence has a harsh ugly sound IMHO. Nothing to do with how common/uncommon it is,at least not for me.

FingersCrossedLegsNot Wed 24-Jul-13 23:41:18

I think Prudence is beyond adorable. Can you just imagine a little girl called Prudence....soooooo cute....nn Prudie....swoon!

Notsoyummymummy1 Thu 25-Jul-13 01:49:04

Both awful sorry!

CruCru Fri 26-Jul-13 11:22:27

I met a woman in her mid thirties called Patience a few months ago. I like that but am not so keen on Pat.

SilkStalkings Sat 27-Jul-13 20:14:20

Caution versus inspiration? I know which I'd rather be named. smile
Chastity vs Liberty?

Layl77 Sat 27-Jul-13 20:17:56

I agree with prudence being harsh and not a bit ugly :/ Florence is fine though

JamieandtheMagicTorch Sat 27-Jul-13 20:58:12

FLorence is prettier. If you think about the meaning of Prudence, it's a bit .... Unromantic.

Having said that, i really love Constance, nn Connie, along similar lines.

Or if you like virtue names, what about


JamieandtheMagicTorch Sat 27-Jul-13 20:59:30

Pru sounds a bit like Poo as well <helpful>

MrsBungle Sat 27-Jul-13 21:09:32

Florence is much prettier. I think prudence is very harsh and dowdy.

schmee Sat 27-Jul-13 21:13:56

Constance is nice.. I like Verity as well.

Standautocorrected Sat 27-Jul-13 21:20:30

What about Patience?

looki Sat 27-Jul-13 21:24:59

Pru v Flo - much of a muchness in my opinion.

I get what you are saying regarding the sound of Prudence but to be perfectly honest, not very long ago, Florence would have met with the same reaction I think?

schmee Sat 27-Jul-13 21:43:45

Pru sounds like Prune IMO.

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