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Cynthia meaning and name origin
Cynthia \cy(n)-thia\ as a girl's 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. Cyntia is a Spanish form. Cindy is its nickname. Many of the diminutives are also variants of Lucinda. Ballerina Cynthia Gregory; actress Cynthia Nixon.
Cynthia has 52 variant forms: 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.
For more information, see also related names Selena and Sintra.
Baby names that sound like Cynthia are Xanthia, Cindia, Cinthy, Zantha and Xantha.
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Popularity of Cynthia
Cynthia is a very popular first name for women (#28 out of 4276) and a slightly less popular surname or last name for all people (#64777 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)
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