Wisdom name meaning

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in 2010

Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Wisdom

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  1. A user from Nigeria says the name Wisdom is of English origin and means "Right application of knowledge".
  2. According to a user from the United Kingdom, the name Wisdom means "Knowledge and understanding".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Wis"dom
  1. The quality of being wise; knowledge, and the capacity to make due use of it; knowledge of the best ends and the best means; discernment and judgment; discretion; sagacity; skill; dexterity."We speak also not in wise words of man's wisdom, but in the doctrine of the spirit." [Wyclif (1 Cor. ii. 13).]" Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding." [Job xxviii. 28.]" It is hoped that our rulers will act with dignity and wisdom that they will yield everything to reason, and refuse everything to force." [Ames.]"Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom." [Coleridge.]
  2. The results of wise judgments; scientific or practical truth; acquired knowledge; erudition."Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds." [Acts vii. 22.]
    synonyms: Prudence; knowledge.
    " Knowledge and wisdom, far from being one, Have ofttimes no connection. Knowledge dwells In heads replete with thoughts of other men; Wisdom, in minds attentive to their own. Knowledge, a rude, unprofitable mass, The mere materials with which wisdom builds, Till smoothed, and squared, and fitted to its place, Does but encumber whom it seems to enrich. Knowledge is proud that he has learned so much; Wisdom is humble that he knows no more." [Cowper.]

Usage: Wisdom Prudence Knowledge. Wisdom has been defined to be “the use of the best means for attaining the best ends.” “We conceive,” says Whewell, “ prudence as the virtue by which we select right means for given ends, while wisdom implies the selection of right ends as well as of right means.” Hence, wisdom implies the union of high mental and moral excellence. Prudencethat is, providence, or forecast) is of a more negative character; it rather consists in avoiding danger than in taking decisive measures for the accomplishment of an object. Sir Robert Walpole was in many respects a prudent statesman, but he was far from being a wise one. Burke has said that prudence, when carried too far, degenerates into a “reptile virtue,” which is the more dangerous for its plausible appearance. Knowledge, a more comprehensive term, signifies the simple apprehension of facts or relations. “In strictness of language,” says Paley, “ there is a difference between knowledge and wisdom; wisdom always supposing action, and action directed by it.”

Etymology: AS. wīsdōm. See Wise (a.), and -dom

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The trait of utilizing knowledge and experience with common sense and insight
  2. The quality of being prudent and sensible
  3. Ability to apply knowledge or experience or understanding or common sense and insight
  4. Accumulated knowledge or erudition or enlightenment
  5. An Apocryphal book consisting mainly of a meditation on wisdom; although ascribed to Solomon it was probably written in the first century BC

From Middle English wisdom, from Old English wīsdōm (“wisdom”), from Proto-Germanic *wīsadōmaz (“wisdom”), corresponding to wise +‎ -dom or wise +‎ doom (“judgement”). Cognate with Scots wisdom, wysdom (“wisdom”), West Frisian wiisdom (“wisdom”), Dutch wijsdom (“wisdom”), German Weistum (“legal sentence”), Danish/Norwegian/Swedish visdom (“wisdom”), Icelandic vísdómur (“wisdom”).

  1. (uncountable) An element of personal character that enables one to distinguish the wise from the unwise.
  2. (countable) A piece of wise advice.
  3. The discretionary use of knowledge for the greatest good.
  4. The ability to apply relevant knowledge in an insightful way, especially to different situations from that in which the knowledge was gained.
  5. The ability to make a decision based on the combination of knowledge, experience, and intuitive understanding.
  6. (theology) The ability to know and apply spiritual truths.

wisdom was also found in the following language(s): Middle English and Old English

Notable Persons Named Wisdom

Notable Persons Named Wisdom

Wisdom Mumba Chansa

Wisdom Mumba Chansa was a soccer player for the Nkana F.C., Power Dynamos F.C., CSKA Pamir Dushanbe, Dynamos F.C. (South Africa), and Zambia national football team. Wisdom was born on April 17th, 1964 in Zambia. He left this life on April 28th, 1993.

Wisdom Fofo Agbo

Wisdom Fofo Agbo is a soccer player for the South China AA, Hong Kong Rangers FC, Hong Kong Pegasus FC, Southern District FC, Zhejiang Yiteng F.C., Liaoning Whowin F.C., and Hong Kong national football team. Wisdom was born on June 25th, 1979 in Ghana.

Wisdom Siziba

Wisdom was born on October 26th, 1980 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. He breathed his last breath on April 15th, 2009.

Wisdom Kanu

Wisdom Kanu is an athlete for the Gateway United F.C.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Wisdom

Notable Persons With the Last Name Wisdom

Andre Wisdom

Andre Wisdom is a soccer player for the Norwich City F.C., Liverpool F.C., Bradford City A.F.C., Derby County F.C., West Bromwich Albion F.C., England national under-16 football team, England national under-17 football team, and England national under-19 football team. Andre was born on May 9th, 1993 in Leeds, England. Andre is also known as Wisdom and Andre Alexander Shaquille.

Sir Norman Wisdom

Sir Norman Wisdom was a comedian. Norman was given the name Norman Joseph Wisdom on February 4th, 1915 in Marylebone, London, England. He breathed his last breath on October 4th, 2010.

Robert Wisdom

Robert Wisdom is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1990 to present. Robert was born on September 14th, 1953 in Washington, D.C., U.S.

Tom Wisdom

Tom Wisdom is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1994 to present. Tom was born on February 18th, 1973 in Swindon.

Peter Paul "Pete" Wisdom

Peter Paul "Pete" Wisdom is a comics character.

John Minor Wisdom

John Minor Wisdom was a Judge on United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. John was born on May 17th, 1905 in New Orleans. He died on May 15th, 1999.

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Wisdom U.S.
  White 77.65% 64.26%
  African American 14.26% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.46% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.50% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.44% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.70% 16.26%

Of Last Name Wisdom

People with the last name Wisdom are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Wisdom

  • How Popular is the name Wisdom? Wisdom is the 8,702nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Wisdom was the 5,194th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Wisdom have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,425 babies born with the first name Wisdom in the United States. That's more than enough people named Wisdom to occupy the territory of Tokelau (New Zealand) with an estimated population of 1,411 (as of October 18, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Wisdom? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1988 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Wisdom first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Wisdom is Saturday, September 12th, 1874.
  • What year had the most people named Wisdom born? The highest recorded use of the first name Wisdom was in 2018 with a total of 52 babies.
  • Random Wisdom Factoid: According to the 2008 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Wisdom is not a popular baby boy's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Texas have the same name in 2008.
  • Weird things about the name Wisdom: The name spelled backwards is Modsiw. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Dswiom. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Wisdom? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 6,734 people with the last name Wisdom.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Wisdom? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Wisdom as their last name.
  • Wisdom name meaning

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