The genus name Pomoxis derives from the Greek πώμα (cover, plug, operculum) and οξύς (sharp). The common name (also spelled croppie or crappé), derives from the Canadian French crapet, which refers to many different fishes of the family Centrarchidae.
Other names for crappie are papermouths, strawberry bass, speckled bass or specks (especially in Michigan, speckled perch, calico bass (throughout New England), sac-au-lait (in southern Louisiana, lit "bag of milk") and Oswego bass.
Man!!! I have got to find a good school of large crappie!! Need to fry up some slabs, hmmmm.