What does Cyrus mean?
Cyrus \cy-rus\ as a boys' name is pronounced SY-russ. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Cyrus is "lord". Derived via the Greek form Kyros of the name of several kings of Persia. In earlier times, it was linked with Greek "kyrios" meaning "lord". It may also derive from the Persian word for "throne". Historical: Cyrus the Great (fifth century BC) conquered Babylon at the height of its powers and founded the Persian Empire. Biblical: Cyrus is prophetically named in the book of Isaiah as the one who would overthrow Babylon and liberate the captive Israelites. Also the name of a fourth-century saint, a doctor in Alexandria. Inventor Cyrus McCormick; former Secretary of State Cyrus Vance.
For more information, see also the related boy name Tyrus.
Cyrus has 1 feminine form: Cyra.
Cyrus is a somewhat popular first name for men (#796 out of 1220, Top 65%) and an even more popular surname for both adults and children (#7087 out of 150436, Top 5%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Cyrus for boys. Cyrus reached its highest rank of #253 in the U.S. then, and is at #461 currently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)