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Quick Facts on Prince

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • African-American, English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 1
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 451
Simple meaning:
First to seize

Characteristics of Prince

  • Inspirational
  • Highly Intuitive
  • Spiritual Teacher
  • Extremely Bright
  • Uplifting
  • Truth-seeker

Etymology & Historical Origin - Prince

Prince is an English vocabulary word which defines a hereditary royal title (it is also spelled the same way in the French language). The word comes from Latin “princeps” which is derived from the elements “primus” (first) and “capio” (to seize). These are obviously fitting root elements since a “prince” is generally the first to seize the throne upon the death of a king (usually his father). The feminine equivalent is princess which, like Prince, is also occasionally used as a given name (mainly in America). The name is most famously borne by musician Prince Rogers Nelson (1958-present), better known simply as Prince (or an unpronounceable symbol). As a result of Prince’s international fame, the name became popular among African-Americans as well as Blacks in Britain.

Popularity of the Name Prince

Prince as a given name has been around for as long as the U.S. government began tracking naming trends. Not only does this name date back to at least the late 19th century, but it was also surprisingly popular on a relative basis. This really astounded us, quite frankly. Not only that, but the height of Prince’s usage as a name was at the turn of the 20th century over 100 years ago. The name did drop off the charts and retreat into the shadows for part of the 1960s and most of the 70s, and again in the 90s, but other than that, Prince has been in constant usage. The highly talented and extremely artistic musician known as Prince certainly added additional currency to the name during the height of his career in the 1980s (particularly among Blacks). The name did disappear from the charts between 1993 and 1997, but another musician, Michael Jackson, single handedly played a role in the name’s triumphant return to the charts when he named his first son Prince Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr. in 1997. When he named his second son Prince Michael Jackson II (better known as Blanket) in 2002, Prince saw another jump on the charts. MJ also impacted the usage of the name Prince in 2009 when the globally beloved pop-star tragically died. Today the name Prince is back to its moderate levels of success. There are generally two negatives associated with the name Prince. One, it’s a common name for a pet; and two, “title” names (like Prince, Princess, King, Duke, Earl, etc.) are occasionally mocked for being overly pompous or pretentious. Just something to consider. Still, we totally get how parents see their precious baby boys as their own Little Prince.
Popularity of the Boy Name Prince
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Prince

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Prince

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Prince

    The Prince (Multiple Fairytales) Well, we all know who “The Prince” is, don’t we? Little girls learn about him at a young age. He is, first and foremost, charming. He is handsome, tall, noble, courteous, romantic and rich. He has a castle or two in Once Upon A Time Land. He rides a white horse. He saves maidens and marries them. He is responsible for all that “happily ever after” stuff that dreams are made of. Naturally, this character has taken quite a hit in the post-modern feminist era, and he has been subject to a wealth of revisionist re-tellings of his tale. Today, damsels in distress are hard to find, wicked witches are almost extinct, mean stepmothers go to family counseling, ugly stepsisters get plastic surgery, little people have unionized, fairy godmothers aren’t female and apples are organically grown. What’s a self-respecting prince to do? It’s hard to find work in such a world. Nonetheless, we venture to guess that many little girls still secretly keep that dashing man alive in their dreams, but they probably cast themselves in the role of rescuer, rather than the other way around. Whatever works – either way, it’s still a great and, well, charming, story line.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Prince

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Prince

    A Prince Among Frogs (E. D. Baker) - Princess Millie and her fiancé, Audun, are busy planning their wedding when disaster strikes. Millie's baby brother, Felix, has been kidnapped, and with the kingdom's best witches away, it's up to Millie and Audun to rescue him. Fans will be delighted with this funny and ferocious finale to the Tales of the Frog Princess. Recommended for ages 10-14.

    Bubba, The Cowboy Prince (Helen Ketteman) - A funny, western version of "Cinderella" - with an unexpected twist. "Upended fairy tales are pretty familiar now, but this one has sass and pizzazz." Say The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Prince Cinders (Babette Cole) - A picture book about a prince who spends his days cleaning up after his three brothers, until one night when a fairy promises him that his wishes will come true. Illustrated in color throughout. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry) - First published in 1943 as Le Petit Prince by French author and pioneer aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, few stories are as widely read and as universally cherished by children and adults alike as The Little Prince. Though ostensibly a children's book, The Little Prince makes several profound and idealistic observations about life and human nature. For example, Saint-Exupéry tells of a fox meeting the young prince during his travels on Earth. The story's essence is contained in the lines uttered by the fox to the little prince: On ne voit bien qu'avec le cœur. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux. ("One sees clearly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye.") Recommended for ages 10 and up.

    The Prince (Niccolo Machiavelli) - When Machiavelli's brief treatise on Renaissance statecraft and princely power was posthumously published in 1532, it generated a debate that has raged unabated until the present day. Based upon Machiavelli's first-hand experience as an emissary of the Florentine Republic to the courts of Europe, The Prince analyzes the usually violent means by which men seize, retain, and lose political power. Machiavelli added a dimension of incisive realism to one of the major philosophical and political issues of his time, especially the relationship between public deeds and private morality. His book provides a remarkably uncompromising picture of the true nature of power, no matter in what era or by whom it is exercised. This fluent new translation is accompanied by an introduction that considers the true purpose of The Prince and dispels some of the myths associated with it. It has the most comprehensive explanatory and critical notes found in any currently available English translation and the most comprehensive bibliography in any edition of the work. Recommended for ages young adult.

    The Prince and the Pauper (Mark Twain) - One boy, penniless and in rags, forced to beg on the street. The other, a king’s son, coddled and given all he could want. What happens when the two boys change clothes and places, and each one learns how the other half lives? Mark Twain’s satirical and suspenseful novel about the thin line that separates prince and pauper is a perennial favorite. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    The Prince's Bedtime (Joanne Oppenheim) - Even with everyone in the kingdom lending a hand, the Prince will still not go to bed! Is there anyone who can help the Prince sleep? The cook brings biscuits, the maid brings hot milk and the physician brings medicine, but the young Prince will not sleep. So the King and the Queen try an entire troupe of dancers, a mustached musician, a feather down quilt and even a cake! Still, the Prince will not close his eyes. Will the strange woman at the palace gate hold the key to the Prince’s slumber? Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Prince

    Famous People Named Prince

    Famous People Named Prince - Prince Rogers Nelson (musician more commonly known as Prince); Prince Fielder (baseball player); Prince Hoare (English artist); Prince Oana (baseball player); Prince Michael Jackson (both of Michael Jackson’s sons)

  • Children of Famous People Named Prince

    Children of Famous People Named Prince

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Prince - Michael Jackson (superstar); Cecil Fielder (baseball player)

  • Historic Figures

    Prince - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Prince - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Prince.

Personality of the Boy Name Prince

The number 11 is a Master Number, and embodies heightened traits of the Two. This personality is on a life journey to find spiritual truth. They are extremely idealistic and intuitive. Elevens have a rare and exceptional spiritual energy that brings a sense of obligation to illuminate the world around them. It's a very powerful responsibility, but these people have far more potential than they know. It's important that they surrender to higher ideals. They have the capacity to see the bigger picture, and they possess the skills to inspire others spiritually. Elevens have strong diplomatic skills and can become great peacemakers. Master numbers can be both a blessing and a curse, as they walk the fine line between greatness and the potential for self-destruction.

Variations of the Baby Name - Prince

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