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What does Cynthia mean?

Cynthia Pronunciation of Cynthia 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH greek, mount, mythology, goddess, moon, poetry (literary), queen, virgin, virtue, 17th century, classical (medieval)


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, Synthya

SEE ALSO Selena, Sintra



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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)

Cynthia reached its top position of #10 in the U.S. during the years 1960-1969, and is currently at #693. (2018 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.

Which version is better?

Artemis (#1337 FROM CURRENT RECORDS), Cinda, Cindee, Cindi, Cindie, Cindy (#1329), Cinthia, Cyndi, Cyndy, Cyntha, Diana (#184), Lucinda (#1628), Selena (#249), Sindy, Sinnie and Synthia are the popular related forms of Cynthia (#693) appearing in the Top 2000. These relations of Cynthia were popular in the 1950s (USAGE OF 2.31%) and have become significantly less widespread since (USAGE 0.22%, 90.3%).

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

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

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

Top 2000 baby names ranking of 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 sound-alike 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.

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