Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Promise

 Promise is what we’d call a modern-day “virtue” name. It’s basically an English vocabulary word (both a noun and a verb) meaning “a declaration or assurance that something will happen as said” or, more simply, a “pledge, vow.” Promise comes from the Old French “promesse” (guarantee, assurance) taken directly from the Latin promittere meaning “to send forth, foretell, assure beforehand.”  In other words, to send forth information (make declarations) about the future; to assure some act will be done or will not be done.  A promise is essentially a commitment. In a figurative sense, a promise is one’s word intrinsically tied to one’s character or reputation. 

All About the Baby Name – Promise

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME PROMISE

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. 

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME PROMISE

 As a female given name, Promise is a pretty modern coinage. It is also fairly uncommon. When it comes to “virtue” names, Promise has not enjoyed the same longevity or popular usage as, say, names like Patience and Prudence. But we might call Promise an up-and-comer.  The name was ranked #1121 in 2013 and doled out to just over 200 baby girls. While we’d say that’s still pretty rare, she’s seems to be making a “promise” that she’s on her way up and here to stay!

Quick Facts

ON PROMISE

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

N/A

PRONUNCIATION:

PRAH-miss

SIMPLE MEANING:

Pledge, vow

Characteristics

OF PROMISE

Freedom-loving

Adventurous

Adaptable

Intellectual

Easygoing

Progressive

Sensual

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Promise

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME PROMISE

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Promise

Popular Songs

ON PROMISE

Keep Your Promise Willie Thomas
a song by Hank Snow

Famous People

NAMED PROMISE

We cannot find any celebrities or significantly famous people with the first name Promise.

Children of Famous People

NAMED PROMISE

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Promise

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME PROMISE

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Promise