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

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 Curzon "Cressy" Bonas, English actress; ex-girlfriend of Prince Harry
Cressida Rose Dick, British Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police
Cressida Cowell, English novelist
Cressida Bell, English artist and designer
Cressida Heyes, Canadian philosopher

Pop Culture References for the name Cressida

Cressida, character in The Hunger Games series
Cressida Baylor, ex-girlfriend of the title character in 'Hitch'
Cressida "Cressie" MacPhail, character in 'The Wedding Group' (1968) by Elizabeth Taylor
Troilus and Cressida, Shakespeare play