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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Crescent mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Crescent

"Crescent" is a name of English origin, and it means "Crescent". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Cres"cent
  1. The increasing moon; the moon in her first quarter, or when defined by a concave and a convex edge; also, applied improperly to the old or decreasing moon in a like state.
  2. Anything having the shape of a crescent or new moon.
  3. A representation of the increasing moon, often used as an emblem or badge
    1. A symbol of Artemis, or Diana.
    2. The ancient symbol of Byzantium or Constantinople.
    3. The emblem of the Turkish Empire, adopted after the taking of Constantinople.
      "The cross of our faith is replanted, The pale, dying crescent is daunted." [Campbell.]
  4. Any one of three orders of knighthood; the first instituted by Charles I., king of Naples and Sicily, in 1268; the second by René of Anjou, in 1448; and the third by the Sultan Selim III., in 1801, to be conferred upon foreigners to whom Turkey might be indebted for valuable services.
  5. [Her] The emblem of the increasing moon with horns directed upward, when used in a coat of arms; -- often used as a mark of cadency to distinguish a second son and his descendants.

Etymology: OE. cressent cressaunt, crescent (in sense 1), OF. creissant increasing, F. croissant, p. pr. of croître, OF. creistre, fr. L. crescere to increase, v. incho.; akin to creare to create. See Create, and cf. Accrue Increase Crescendo

adjective Cres"cent
  1. Shaped like a crescent."Astarte, queen of heaven, with crescent horns." [Milton.]
  2. Increasing; growing."O, I see the crescent promise of my spirit hath not set." [Tennyson.]
verb Cres"cent
  1. To form into a crescent, or something resembling a crescent.(R)
  2. To adorn with crescents.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Any shape resembling the curved shape of the moon in its first or last quarters
  2. Resembling the new moon in shape

From Anglo-Norman cressaunt, from Old French creissant (“crescent of the moon”) (French croissant), from Latin crēscēns, present active participle of crēscō (“arise, thrive”), from Proto-Indo-European *ker (“to grow”). See Old Armenian սերիմ (serim, “be born”) and սերեմ (serem, “bring forth”), Ancient Greek κόρη (kórē, “girl”) and κούρος (koúros, “boy”), Latin creare (“produce, create, bring forth”) and Ceres (“goddess of agriculture”).

  1. The figure of the moon as it appears in its first or last quarter, with concave and convex edges terminating in points.
  2. Something shaped like a crescent, especially:
    1. A curved pastry.
    2. A curved street, often presenting a continuous façade, as of row houses.
  3. (Islam) A representation of the symbol used by Islamic caliphates
  4. (New Zealand) A crescent spanner.
  5. (historical) Any of three orders of knighthood conferred upon foreigners to whom Turkey might be indebted for valuable services.
  6. (heraldry) The emblem of the waxing Moon with horns directed upward, when used in a coat of arms; often used as a mark of cadency to distinguish a second son and his descendants.
  7. A crescentspot butterfly.

crescent was also found in the following language(s): Latin

Notable Persons Named Crescent

Crescent was born in 1872. He passed away in 1937.


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Fun Facts about the name Crescent

  • How Popular is the name Crescent? Crescent is the 37,138th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Crescent have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 97 babies born with the first name Crescent in the United States. That's more than enough people named Crescent to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Crescent? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1971 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Crescent first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Crescent is Thursday, November 27th, 1879.
  • What year had the most people named Crescent born? The highest recorded use of the first name Crescent was in 1977 with a total of 15 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Crescent: Your name in reverse order is Tnecserc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Teecscrn. How do you pronounce that?

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.