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Origin and Meaning of Cress

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Cress
A plant of various species, chiefly cruciferous. The leaves have a moderately pungent taste, and are used as a salad and antiscorbutic.

Note: ☞ The garden cress, called also peppergrass, is the Lepidium sativum; the water cress is the Nasturtium officinale. Various other plants are sometimes called cresses.

Etymology: OE. ces cresse kers kerse, AS. cresse cerse; akin to D. kers, G. kresse, Dan. karse, Sw. krasse, and possibly also to OHG. chresan to creep

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  1. Pungent leaves of any of numerous cruciferous herbs
  2. Any of various plants of the family Cruciferae with edible leaves that have a pungent taste

Old English cressa, from West Germanic *krasjon-. Cognate with Dutch kers, German Kresse.

  1. (plants) A plant of various species, chiefly cruciferous. The leaves have a moderately pungent taste, and are used as a salad and antiscorbutic.

Notable Persons Named Cress

Cress Williams is an actor. He has had major accomplishments since 1990. Cress was born on July 26th, 1970 in Heidelberg.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Cress

Frances Cress Welsing was a scientist in the field of psychiatry. Frances was given the name Frances Luella Cress on March 18th, 1935 in Chicago, Illinois, US. She breathed her last breath on January 2nd, 2016.


Curt Cress is a drummer, composer, and professor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1965 to present. Curt was given the name Curtis Cress on August 11th, 1952 in Brachttal, Germany.


CM Edna Staebler was a non-fiction, creative nonfiction, essay, literary criticism, mennonite, and cooking writer and philanthropy. CM was given the name Cora Margaret Cress on January 15th, 1906 in Kitchener, Ontario. She breathed her last breath on September 12th, 2006.


Fred Cress was an artist. Fred was given the name Frederick Harold Cress on July 10th, 1938 in Pune. He left this life on October 14th, 2009.


Roman was born on August 2nd, 1977 in Kaben.


Jacob was born in 1944. Jacob is also known as Cress and Jake.


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Popularity of Cress as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Cress U.S.
  White 93.37% 64.26%
  African American 1.10% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.72% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.41% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.81% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.59% 16.26%

Of Last Name Cress

People with the last name Cress are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Cress

  • How Popular is the name Cress? Cress is the 73,772nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Cress was the 6,153rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Cress have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 10 babies born with the first name Cress in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Cress? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1923 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Cress first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Cress is Thursday, January 1st, 1880.
  • What year had the most people named Cress born? The highest recorded use of the first name Cress was in 1923 with a total of 5 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Cress: Your name in reverse order is Sserc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rssec. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Cress? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 5,565 people with the last name Cress.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Cress? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Cress as their last name.

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  • 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.
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