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Usage English (Puritan)
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Meaning & History
Derives from Middle English 'encrease' with the meaning "to turn greater in number". A famous bearer was Increase Mather, the president of Harvard University in 1685, who was a Puritan minister involved with the Salem witch trials. This virtue name fell in usage in the 21st century.