Cedar is the name of several different coniferous trees that grow in different parts of the world, belonging to the genus Cedrus. The name comes from Old French cedre via Latin cedrus which comes from Ancient Greek kedros (referring to several species of tree in genus Juniperus or trees similar to it) which derives from an unknown origin, perhaps from a pre-Greek origin.

Cedar is also a surname, likely an Anglicized spelling of Cederboth a Swedish and Jewish surname referring to the cedar tree.

Origin: unknown, perhaps pre-Greek in origin



  • Cedrus (Latin)
  • Kedros (Ancient Greek)


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