What does the word whence mean?

Usage examples for whence

  1. The most interesting questions are such as these: Whence did we come? – Editorials-from-the-Hearst-Newspapers by Brisbane, Arthur
  2. Then said the poor woman, " From whence knowest thou that I was a queen?" – Household Tales by Brothers Grimm by Grimm Brothers
  3. The Boston Traveller was started as a stage- coach paper in 1825, whence its name. – Stage-coach and Tavern Days by Alice Morse Earle