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Gender: F Pronunciation: KRESS-i-da Meaning of Cressida: "gold" Origin of Cressida: Greek

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Cressida is a pretty mythological and Shakespearean heroine name much better known in Britain than it is here — an imbalance the adventurous baby namer might want to correct. For although the Trojan heroine of that name in the tale told by Boccaccio, then Chaucer, then Shakespeare, didn't have the greatest reputation — she was faithless to Troilus and broke his heart — the name today sounds fresh, crisp and creative.

In Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Cressida is a film director character; Cressida Cowell is the author of the popular novel series How to Train Your Dragon.

Famous People Named Cressida

Cressida "Cressie" Bonas, ex-girlfriend of Prince Harry
Cressida Cowell, English author of the How to Train Your Dragon series

Pop Culture References for the Name Cressida

Cressida, character in 'Mockingjay' (2010), 3rd book of Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy
Cressida Baylor, ex-girlfriend of the title character in 'Hitch' (2005 movie)
Cressida Mary "Cressie" MacPhail, central character in 'The Wedding Group' (1968) by English novelist Elizabeth Taylor
Name may have same origins as that of another Trojan princess, Briseis
Troilus and Cressida, Shakespeare play

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