Baby Names: Names Starting with C


COURTLAND: Old English for "the king's land." People will think it's a family name. Relatives: Cortland, Court, Cort. Namesakes: "Palmer Courtland," Cortland apple.

COURTNEY: Old English for "from the court." This one conjures up images of prep schools in Connecticut and coming-out parties in Boston. Relatives: Cortney, Cortie, Corey. Namesake: Courtney Kennedy

CRAIG: Irish for "crag." Always a popular choice. Namesakes: Craig Claiborne, Jim Craig.

CREIGHTON: Old English for "town near a creek." Relatives: Creigh, Cree, Crichton. Namesakes: Michael Crichton, Creighton University.

CRESSIDA: From the Greek for "gold." A pretty name, but keep in mind that she was a symbol of infidelity to the ancient Greeks. Having sworn eternal fealty to Troilus, she then betrayed him with Diomedes. Namesake: Troilus and Cressida.

CRISPIN: Latin for "curly." Crispin is the patron saint of shoemakers. Relatives: Crispen, Crispus, Crispo, Krispen, Crisp. Namesakes: Crispus Attucks, Quentin Crisp.

CROCKETT: Origin unknown. Generally used as a surname. Namesakes: Davy Crockett, "Sonny Crockett."

CRYSTAL: From the Latin for "clear." For "Dynasty" fans and New Age devotees. Relatives: Chrystal, Christal, Krystal, Kristal, Cristal, Cristale, Cristol, Cristel. Namesakes: Billy Crystal, "Crystal Carrington," Crystal Light.

CULLEN: Irish for "handsome." Relatives: Culley, Cullin. Namesake: William Cullen Bryant.

CURRIER: Old English for "churn." Another surname used as a first name. "Currer Bell" was the pen name of Charlotte Brontë. Relatives: Curran, Currie, Curry, Currey, Curren, Currer. Namesakes: John Curry, Currier and Ives.

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