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What does Cyrus mean?

Cyrus /cyr-us/ 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.

Associated with: greek, great, powers, biblical, book (literary), saint


Cyrus has 2 variants: Ciro and Cy.

Affiliated boy name: Tyrus.

Cyrus has 1 feminine form: Cyra.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Carus, Corus, ..

(female) Cyrge, Cyrli, ..

How popular is Cyrus?

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)


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

Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Cyrus for boys. Cyrus was first listed in 1880-1889 and reached its highest rank of #253 in the U.S. then, and is at #461 currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

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

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of Cyrus and related names. Ciro, Cy (#1987 a year ago) and Tyrus (#1748) are the prominent variation forms of Cyrus (#461 a year ago). Usage of these relations of Cyrus was well-received among parents in 2013 (median #1461) and has remained as widespread to this day (#1549, 7%). Cyrus is the most fashionable baby name among these.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cyrus, Ciro, Cy, Tyrus in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Cyrus and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names


Cyrus is alike in pronunciation to Cirrus, Siorus and Sirius. Other suggested similar names are Caius, Cetus, Chris, Claus, Comus, Cris, Cruz, Cyran, Cyril and Firus. These names tend to be less frequently used than Cyrus.