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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

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Origin and Meaning of Cruise

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Cruise
See Cruse, a small bottle.
verb Cruise
  1. To sail back and forth on the ocean; to sail, as for the protection of commerce, in search of an enemy, for plunder, or for pleasure."Ships of war were sent to cruise near the isle of Bute." [Macaulay.]"'Mid sands, and rocks, and storms to cruise for pleasure." [Young.]
  2. To wander hither and thither on land.(Colloq)
  3. [Forestry] To inspect forest land for the purpose of estimating the quantity of lumber it will yield.
  4. To travel primarily for pleasure, or without any fixed purpose, rather than with the main goal of reaching a particular destination.To cruise the streets of town, looking for an interesting party to crash.

Note: ☞ A ship cruises in any particular sea or ocean; as, in the Baltic or in the Atlantic. She cruises off any cape; as, off the Lizard; off Ushant. She cruises on a coast; as, on the coast of Africa. A pirate cruises to seize vessels; a yacht cruises for the pleasure of the owner.

Etymology: D. kruisen to move crosswise or in a zigzag, to cruise, fr. kruis cross, fr. OF. crois croiz, F. croix, or directly fr. OF. croisier, F. croiser, to cross, cruise, fr. crois a cross. See Cross

verb Cruise
  1. To cruise over or about.
  2. [Forestry] To explore with reference to capacity for the production of lumber; as, to cruise a section of land.
noun Cruise
  1. A voyage made in various directions, as of an armed vessel, for the protection of other vessels, or in search of an enemy; a sailing to and fro, as for exploration or for pleasure."He feigned a compliance with some of his men, who were bent upon going a cruise to Manilla." [Dampier.]
  2. Hence:A voyage aboard a ship, in which the activities on the ship itself form a major objective of the voyage; -- used particularly of vacation voyages, or voyages during which some special activity occurs on board the ship, such as a series of seminars.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. An ocean trip taken for pleasure
  2. Sail or travel about for pleasure, relaxation, or sightseeing
  3. Travel at a moderate speed
  4. Drive around aimlessly but ostentatiously and at leisure ("She cruised the neighborhood in her new convertible")
  5. Look for a sexual partner in a public place

Borrowing from Dutch kruisen (“cross, sail around”), from kruis (“cross”), from Middle Dutch cruce, from Latin crux.

  1. A sea or lake voyage, especially one taken for pleasure.
  2. (aeronautics) Portion of aircraft travel at a constant airspeed and altitude between ascent and descent phases.

cruise was also found in the following language(s): Dutch, Norwegian Bokmål, and Norwegian Nynorsk

Notable Persons With the Last Name Cruise

Tom Cruise is an actor and filmmaker. His most notable accomplishments were from 1980 to present. Tom was given the name Thomas Cruise Mapother IV on July 3rd, 1962 in Syracuse, New York, United States.


Carter Cruise is a noteworthy human. Carter was born on April 24th, 1991 in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.


Julee Cruise is a dream pop singer, songwriter, actress, musician, singing, and actor. She plays Vocals and French Horn. Her ongoing career started in 1985. Julee was born on December 1st, 1956 in Creston, Iowa, U.S.


Asia Cruise is a contemporary r&b and pop music musician. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2007 to present. Asia was given the name Asia Nalani Vernimo on February 11th, 1990.


Thomas Cruise is a soccer player for the Arsenal F.C. Academy, Arsenal F.C., Carlisle United F.C., Torquay United F.C., England national under-16 football team, England national under-17 football team, and England national under-19 football team. Thomas was born on March 9th, 1991 in Islington, London, England. Thomas is also known as Cruise and Thomas Daniel.


Melanie Cruise is an influential individual. Melanie was born on January 7th, 1987 in Elk Grove Village, Illinois.


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Popularity of Cruise as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Cruise U.S.
  White 81.76% 64.26%
  African American 8.05% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.03% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.67% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.51% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 6.99% 16.26%

Of Last Name Cruise

People with the last name Cruise are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Cruise

  • How Popular is the name Cruise? Cruise is the 21,527th most popular name of all time. As a last name Cruise was the 9,794th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Cruise have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 288 babies born with the first name Cruise in the United States. That's more than enough people named Cruise 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 Cruise? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1987 when it was given as a first name to 19 new born babies.
  • When was Cruise first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Cruise is Saturday, February 29th, 1896.
  • What year had the most people named Cruise born? The highest recorded use of the first name Cruise was in 2010 with a total of 22 babies.
  • Random Cruise Factoid: According to the 2010 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Cruise is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 5 babies in California have the same name as you in 2010.
  • Weird things about the name Cruise: Your name in reverse order is Esiurc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Uscrei. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Cruise? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 3,306 people with the last name Cruise.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Cruise? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Cruise as their last name.

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What does the name Cruise mean?

Cis for cuddle, those intimate moments you cherish.

Ris for relish, you seek a challenge.

Uis for useful, always to others.

Iis for innovator, always improving

Sis for serene, your calm time.

Eis for eternal, your spirit will live.

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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.