Last name origins & meanings:
- English: nickname for a man with curly hair, from Middle
English crisp, Old English crisp, cryps (Latin
crispus), reinforced in Middle English by an Old French word
also from Latin crispus.
- Americanized spelling of
the German cognate Krisp, from Middle High German krisp,
krispel ‘curly-haired man’.
- Americanized form of German
Krisp, from a short form the medieval personal name
Krispin (see Crispin).
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