Meaning and Name Origin
Precious \p-re-cious\ as a girls' name is pronounced PRESH-us. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Precious is "of great value, highly esteemed". A name of endearment. In Catholic tradition, also a reference to the "precious blood of Christ".
For more on this name, see also the related girl name Treasure.
Precious is a very prominent first name for females (#1413 out of 4276, Top 33%) but an unusual last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Precious for girls. Precious was first listed in 1980-1989 and reached its apex position of #377 in the U.S. in 1996, but is not found in the list currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of the girl name Precious and corresponding names. The only other popular related form of Precious appearing in the Top 1000 is Treasure. Adoption of these girl names reached its peak in the year 1996 and has become much less since, with the form Precious becoming less stylish. (2014 Birth Statistics)