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. 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.
Cynthia is a very popular first name for females (#28 out of 4276, Top 1%) and a slightly less popular surname or last name for all people (#64777 out of 88799, Top 73%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Cynthia for girls. Cynthia reached its highest rank of #10 in the U.S. in 1960-1969. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Cynthia and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Diana (#297), Selena (#346), Cynthia (#491), Cindy (#710), Lucinda, Cyndi, Cindi, Cinthia and Cinda. (2014 statistics).
Cynthia▼ is also pronounced similarly to Xanthia. This name tends to be less commonly used than Cynthia.