Meaning and Name Origin
Cynthia \cy(n)-thia\ as a girls' name is pronounced SIN-thee-ah. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Cynthia is "from Mount Kynthos". Mythology: Kynthia was one of the names of Artemis, the goddess of the moon (known to the Romans as Diana), referring to her birthplace on Mount Kynthos on the island of Delos. Cynthia was later used by first-century Roman poet Propertius in his love poetry. The English given name was not used in the Middle Ages, but was used in the 16rh century by poets who used Cynthia as a title for Queen Elizabeth I, as Artemis was a virgin goddess of virtue and Elizabeth wanted to emphasize her role as Virgin Queen. The name then became more popular in the 17th century along with other classical names. Many of the diminutives are also variants of Lucinda. Ballerina Cynthia Gregory; actress Cynthia Nixon.
Cynthia▼ has 52 variants: Cinda▼, Cindee, Cindi▼, Cindie, Cindy▼, Cinnie, Cinny, Cintha, Cinthia, Cinthie, Cintia, Cinzia, Cyn, Cynda, Cyndee, Cyndi, Cyndia, Cyndie, Cyndra, Cyndy, Cynnie, Cynth, Cyntha, Cynthea, Cynthie, Cynthya, Cyntia, Cythia, Cytia, Diantha, Kynthia, Kynthija, Sindee, Sindi, Sindia, Sindy, Sindya, Sinnie, Sinnie, Sinny, Sinthia, Synda, Syndee, Syndi, Syndia, Syndy, Syntha, Synthee, Syntheea, Synthia, Synthie and Synthya.
Cynthia▼ has 41 more different forms via Artemis, Diana, Lucinda: Artemesia, Artemisia, Danne, Dayann, Dayanna, Dayanne, Deana▼, Deandra, Deane, Deann▼, Deanna▼, Dede, Dee▼, Deeana, Deeane, Deedee, Dena▼, Di, Diahann, Diahanne, Diahna, Dian▼, Diandra, Diane▼, Diann▼, Dianna▼, Diannah, Dianne▼, Didi, Dyan, Dyana, Dyane, Dyann, Dyanna, Dyanne, Loucinda, Lucena, Lucina, Lucinda▼, Lucinna and Lusine.
Cynthia is a very prominent first name for women (#28 out of 4276, Top 1%) and a slightly less prominent last name for all people (#64777 out of 88799, Top 73%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Cynthia for girls. Cynthia reached its top position of #10 in the U.S. during the years 1960-1969, and is currently at #491. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of Cynthia and affiliated names. Cinda, Cindi, Cindy (#710 the previous year), Cinthia, Cyndi, Deana, Deandra, Deann, Deanna, Dee, Deedee, Dena, Dian, Diana (#297), Diane, Diann, Dianna, Dianne, Lucinda and Selena (#346) are the popular related forms of Cynthia (#491 the previous year). These girl names were at the top of their popularity during 1960-1969 and have become significantly less widespread since, with versions like Cindy, Cynthia, Deanna, Diane and Diann falling out of style. Diana (#297) and Selena (#346) are two of the more fashionable girl names among these, with Selena undergoing a revival in usage. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Cynthia▼ is pronounced similarly to Xanthia. This name tends to be less frequently used than Cynthia.