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Quick Facts on Sage

  • Gender:
  • Unisex
  • Origin:
  • English, French, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 1
  • Ranking popularity:
  • N/A
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Sage

  • Freedom-loving
  • Adventurous
  • Adaptable
  • Intellectual
  • Easygoing
  • Progressive
  • Sensual

Etymology & Historical Origin - Sage

Sage is the English vocabulary word for either a wise person or a type of spice used for flavoring food. In either case, the English borrowed the word from the French (originating from Latin) around the early 12th century. In terms of the “wise” definition the word Sage comes from the Old French “sabius” from the Latin “sapere” meaning “to have good taste; to be wise”. Today the noun “sage” stands for a person of “profound wisdom” in both the English and French languages. The word was originally used during the Middle Ages in reference to the “Seven Sages of Greece” (i.e., Thales, Solon, Periander, Cleobulus, Chilon, Bias, and Pittacus); seven ancient Greek philosophers hailing back to 6th century B.C. who maintained a philosophical following for centuries thereafter (these men predated and would later influence such great philosophers as Socrates, Plato and Aristotle). Each of the seven sages is attributed a basic tenet of their respective philosophies: Thales: “know thyself”; Solon: “keep everything in moderation”; Periander: “be farsighted with all matters”; Cleobulus: “moderation is best”; Chilon: “do not desire the impossible”; Bias: “most men are bad”; and Pittacus: “know which opportunities to choose”. Today the word “sage” comes in all shapes and sizes usually ascribed to a sober-minded and stoic person of age and experience; a kindly wise old man; or a spiritual teacher. However, “sage” is also the word for a specific herb. From this perspective the English word developed from the Old French “sauge”, from the Latin “salvus” meaning “healthy” (in reference to the herb’s healing qualities and ability to ward off evil spirits). Sage is also a plant symbolic of power and folklore tells us the plant grows best in a household where the wife is dominant. Most people are also familiar with the famous song refrain “parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme” from Simon & Garfunkel’s “Scarborough Fair” – this ditty actually dates back to medieval England (although the refrain was added later because those four herbs mentioned were believed to be part of a witches’ love potion). Usage of Sage as a given name is really quite modern and manly isolated to North America and Australia. It is also a gender-neutral first name and freely given to either sex.

Popularity of the Name Sage

Sage is a unisex name in the United States. It first showed up on the charts for baby boys in 1991 but quickly followed for girls in 1993. It remained more popular for boys until the baby girls surpassed it in usage in 1999. Today Sage is more commonly given to baby girls than boys (more than two-times more popular), but it is still a solid choice for boys. Sage is definitely gender-neutral and doesn’t sound particularly masculine vs. feminine so it works quite well on either sex. Although flower, plant and tree based names do tend to favor the little girls from a historical perspective mainly because we think of such living organisms as feminine (Heather, Willow and Aspen, for example). But when you think of it, the herb Basil could be masculine. So Sage is a name up for grabs by parents of either sons or daughters. It’s an interesting name choice, and one that imparts both wisdom and power. It’s also a Number Five in numerology, usually denoting personalities with a quick wit and cerebral mind. How fitting!
Popularity of the Unisex Name Sage
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Sage

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Sage

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Sage

    Sage We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Sage.

  • Popular Songs on Sage

    Popular Songs on Sage

    Cedar, Sweet Grass, and Sage - a song by Bill Miller

    Sage - a song by Sense Field [explicit]

    Sage & Spirit - a song by the Grateful Dead

    Sage Waits - a song by Serafin

    Scarborough Fair - a song by Simon and Garfunkel

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Sage

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Sage

    Mommy Daddy Evan Sage (Eric McHenry) - Childhood can be a confusing time, but not to Evan and Sage. They've got the world pretty well figured out, and are happy to explain it to their perplexed parents: "A monkey and an ape are not the same," / said Sage. "The monkey has a longer name." In this book of funny, fanciful poems and woodcuts, Eric McHenry and Nicholas Garland pay tender tribute to parents and the children who run circles around them. Publishers Weekly says: "This intimate, mischievous, and poignantly funny collection of poems shares the conversations, invented games, and minor squabbles of four family members, especially precocious siblings Evan and younger sister Sage...Garland's chunky B&W woodcuts are a handsome complement, with an understated emotion that echoes that of the verse." The Midwest Book Review says: "A frolicking narrative poem about a very imaginative seven year old boy, his not quite two year old sister, and their bemused and befuddled mother and father." Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Parsley Sage, Rosemary, and Time (Jane Louise Curry) - Ten-year-old Rosemary thinks the word "Time" cut into a stone in her aunt's old herb garden should be spelled "Thyme" until she picks a sprig of the herb around it and discovers herself back in the eighteenth century. Recommended for ages 8-11.

    Sage (Christina Kilbourne) - Sage Bisby is a normal fifteen year old, or so she thinks. A typical day involves texting her friends, avoiding Tyson and his gang of thugs, and blasting hip hop from her electric violin. But what Sage doesn't know is that her smokin' YouTube videos are famous all over the Universe. When word comes down from the Committee of Highly Evolved Galaxies that the humans on Earth are to be eliminated for their appalling treatment of the planet and each other, a galaxy-wide chain reaction starts that rocks Sage from the tips of her fingers to the soles of her purple leather high tops. Recommended for ages 13-16.

    Sage for the Ages (Cynthia Long) - Did you know the fruit of a cactus can be squeezed for juice or dried to be eaten like a desert candy? The life of a cactus is full of many wonders! Join Cynthia Long as she takes you on a journey of learning through desert sands, with plenty of prickly cactus characters along the way. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Sage's Big Adventure: Living with Blindness (Gayle M. Irwin) - Sage's Big Adventure: Living with Blindness tells the inspirational true-to-life tale of Sage, a blind Springer Spaniel. Children will cheer Sage on as she copes with her disability and they will experience her courage and determination. Come follow Sage! Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Sage, the Little Brown Pony (Mary Lu Stary) - Sage is a frightened pony looking for her father who has mysteriously disappeared. Join her on her search as she seeks the help of the animals in the barnyard. Meet Buzzy, Quackers, and Puddles, and learn how friends can make a difference when there's a problem in your life. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    The False Prince: Book 1 of the Ascendance Trilogy (Jennifer A. Nielsen) - The False Prince is the thrilling first book in a brand-new trilogy filled with danger and deceit and hidden identities that will have readers rushing breathlessly to the end. In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king's long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner's motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword's point -- he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. But Sage's rivals have their own agendas as well. As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner's sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that, in the end, may very well prove more dangerous than all of the lies taken together. An extraordinary adventure filled with danger and action, lies and deadly truths that will have readers clinging to the edge of their seats. Recommended for ages 13+

  • Famous People Named Sage

    Famous People Named Sage

    Famous People Named Sage - Sage Stallone (actor, son of Sly Stallone); Sage Steele (sportscaster); Sage Rosenfels (football player); Sage Francis (hip-hop artist)

  • Children of Famous People Named Sage

    Children of Famous People Named Sage

    Famous People Who Named Their Child Sage - Sylvester Stallone (actor, son named Sage); Toni Collette (actress, daughter named Sage); Kyra Phillips (news anchor, daughter named Sage); Tracey Gold (actress, son named Sage)

  • Historic Figures

    Sage - Unisex Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Unisex Name Sage

The number Five personality loves the excitement of life and can easily adapt to all situations. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected and prefer to be in constant motion. It makes them feel alive. They'll stir up some action if there's not enough around, and as inherent risk-takers they enjoy pushing the envelope. Naturally rebellious, the Five personality has no fear and never resists change.  Traveling and new experiences feed their souls. Fives are very social and attract friends with ease. People love to be around the Five fun-loving and exciting energy.  This is also a lucky number in numerology (like the Threes), so fortune seems to shine on them, helped along by their own optimism and good-nature. Fives have a quick wit, a cerebral mind, and are generally very persuasive. 

Variations of the Baby Name - Sage

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