- A male given name.
- A Roman shoemaker, martyr and saint (brother of Crispinian); patron saint of cobblers and tanners
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
CRISPIN. A shoemaker: from a romance, wherein a prince
of that name is said to have exercised the art and mystery
of a shoemaker, thence called the gentle craft: or rather
from the saints Crispinus and Crispianus, who according
to the legend, were brethren born at Rome, from whence
they travelled to Soissons in France, about the year 303,
to propagate the Christian religion; but, because they
would not be chargeable to others for their maintenance,
they exercised the trade of shoemakers: the governor of
the town discovering them to be Christians, ordered them
to be beheaded, about the year 303; from which time they
have been the tutelar saints of the shoemakers.
- The Devil's Dictionary (Ambrose Bierce)
Cris"pin (kr?s"p?n), n.
1. A shoemaker; -- jocularly so called from
the patron saint of the craft.
2. A member of a union or association of
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Crispin, the patron saint of shoemakers, of noble birth, who with
his brother had to flee from persecution in Rome to Gaul, where they
settled at Soissons; preached to the people and supported themselves by
shoemaking; they finally suffered martyrdom in 287. Festival, Oct. 25.
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