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From the ancient Greek name "Chrysiida" (pronounced "Chrissyeetha" in Greek). The name is mentioned in Homer's Iliad, a couple of thousand years before the medieval legends. She was the daughter of the priest Chrysos ( means gold in Greek). Achilles held her captive.
-- Damis  3/20/2005
Achilles didn't hold her captive, he held Briseis captive. Chryseis was Agamemnon's girl.
-- Athena Nike  9/22/2009
Cressida was the main character in the Shakespearean play 'Troilus and Cressida'. [noted -ed]
-- shadow.of.a.dream  11/25/2005
This is one of the strangest names I've ever come across.
-- Dogsy  12/18/2005
This is one of my all-time favorite names. I hope to name a daughter it one day.
-- writing the world  1/29/2007
Shakespeare's Cressida was based upon Chaucer's Criseyde from his poem "Troilus and Criseyde." Chaucer in turn based his Criseyde upon a character named Criseida in Boccaccio's "Filostrato."
-- mlle-fantine  4/6/2007
I LOVE this name---it's beautiful, and it's unique without being a creation or a 'creative' spelling. Instead of the similar-sounding Jessica, I think parents should opt for this name instead. A nickname for this is Cressy.
-- Anonymous User  4/9/2007
Nickname: Cressa.
-- Anonymous User  6/8/2007
Although this is visually and euphonically pretty, I have two problems with it:

1. Does it make anyone besides me think of watercress?

2. Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida is one of his few bad plays, and Cressida is perhaps his least appealing heroine.
-- elizabeth hamlet  1/28/2008
When doing Chaucer's poem in a literature class, my professor - who is somewhat of an authority on medieval dialects, and has recorded several readings of such poems - referred to Chaucer's version of the character (Criseyde) as something like kreh-SAY-deh, while Shakespeare's was KREH-sih-dah.
-- ponine  8/23/2008
My name is Cressida and I have spent 26 years very happy years with the name. If any prospective parents are considering this for a future child, I would encourage them to do so, I certainly have no complaints with the choice made by my parents.
-- cressidajoy  10/26/2008
I think this is a really lovely name. There's a girl in my school named Cressida, who is quite clever, and I think this name sounds quite intellectual.
-- walesgal92  10/24/2009
British author Cressida Cowell wrote the How to Train Your Dragon series among other books.
-- ghost  4/27/2011
Cressida is a minor character in Mockingjay, the final book in Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy. She is a rebel and film director who collects footage to be used in war propaganda, and is described as having a shaved head covered in green tattoos.
-- jbr1234  3/8/2012
Cressida Bonas is a British socialite; and is well known for being Prince Harry's girlfriend and the newest member of the Royal Family.
-- emilydominko  9/7/2013
I wouldn't consider Cressida Bonas, a member of the Royal Family until they are at least engaged or even until they are married. Being a someone's girlfriend doesn't a member of the family make.
-- Anonymous User  11/14/2013

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