Crispin Origin and Meaning

The name Crispin is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "curly-haired".

Crispin, which was introduced into the mainstream by actor Crispin Glover and which means "curly-haired" in Latin, has an image very much like its first syllable: crisp, autumnal, and colorful.

St. Crispin, the patron saint of shoemakers, died in the third century and, as rousingly referenced by Shakespeare, Henry V fought a great battle on St. Crispin's Day. Crispin Glover was actually named for the Shakespearean speech.

In the Harry Potter books, Crispin Cronk is an egyptophile wizard who kept several sphinxes in his backyard.

Crispian is an interesting, rarely used variation, as is Crispus, associated with African-American hero Crispus Atticus, the first colonist to die for independence in the Boston Massacre.

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Famous People Named Crispin

  • Saint Crispin3rd,century Roman saint of shoemakers
  • Crispin BonhamCarter, English actor
  • Crispin GloverAmerican actor
  • Crispin FreemanAmerican voice actor
  • Crispin HuntEnglish singer from band Longpigs

Crispin in Pop Culture

  • Crispinone of the children in the movie "Daddy Day Care"
  • Crispin Blakeneycharacter in "The Heart of a Goof" (1926) by P. G. Wodehouse
  • Crispina heroic (squirrel) captain and later king in the Mistmantle Chronicles by M. I. McAllister
  • Crispin Wizardcharacter in Bee and Puppycat