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What does Cynthia mean?

Cynthia /cyn-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.

Related girl names: Selena and Sintra.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Cethia, Cynsia, ..

(male) Cynci, Cynmir, ..

How popular is Cynthia?

Cynthia is a very prominent first name for women (#28 out of 4276, Top 1%) but an uncommon last name for all people. (2000 U.S. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Shown below is the baby name history 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. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cynthia name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Cynthia outside U.S.

Cinda, Cindee, Cindi, Cindie, Cindy (#710 from current records), Cinthia, Cyndi, Cyndy, Cyntha, Diana (#297), Lucinda (#1522), Selena (#346), Sindy, Sinnie and Synthia are the popular related forms of Cynthia (#491 from current records) appearing in the Top 2000. These relations of Cynthia were popular in the 1950s (usage of 2.42%) and have become significantly less widespread since (usage 0.17%, 93.2%).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cynthia, Cinda, Cindee, Cindi, Cindie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cindy, Cinthia, Cyndi, Cyndy, Cyntha in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Diana, Lucinda, Selena, Sindy, Sinnie, Synthia in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Selena outside U.S.

Similar Names


Cynthia is pronounced similarly to Cinthy, Xantha, Xanthia and Zantha. Other recommended names are Alathia, Alethia, Alithia, Althia, Antheia, Anthia, Antia, Bethia, Bithia, Caitria, Calanthia, Caltha, Candia, Cantara, Carinthia, Catha, Cathi, Cathia, Cathie, Catia, Cenobia, Cindia, Cintra, Concha, Conchita, Corinthia, Cynara, Elithia, Ianthia, Iynaia, Jacynthia, Janthia, Kathia, Kyndria, Leithia, Lethia, Mathia, Matthia, Myeshia, Myrtia, Orenthia, Orinthia, Orthia, Pantheia, Panthia, Sanchia and Santsia. These names tend to be less frequently used than Cynthia.