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Gender: F Meaning of Cynthia: "woman from Kynthos" Origin of Cynthia: Greek Cynthia's Popularity in 2013: #499

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Cynthia is an attractive name -- in classical mythology an epithet for Artemis or Diana -- that was so overexposed in the middle of the twentieth century, along with its nickname Cindy, that it fell into a period of benign neglect, but now is ripe for reconsideration in its full form.

A favorite of Elizabethan poets, Cynthia was first used in the English-speaking world during the Classical period, from the late sixteenth to the eighteenth century. Some English writers used the name to denote Queen Elizabeth I as a virgin moon goddess; Ben Jonson's allegorical comedy Cynthia's Revels features her as the main character.

One of Elizabeth Taylor's first grownup roles was as the young lead of the 1947 film Cynthia, and Cynthias have popped up in a number of movies since, including Magnolia, Secrets & Lies, and First Wives Club --and there is a mortal named Cynthia in the Twilight series.

Notable namesakes include ballerina Cynthia Gregory, writer Cynthia Ozick, actress Cynthia Nixon, and designer Cynthia Rowley. Both Cyndi Lauper and Cindy Crawford were born Cynthia.

A more modern, Cindy-avoiding nickname is Thea, and an attractive Italian form is Cizia (CHIN-zia).

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Famous People Named Cynthia

Cynthia Weil, American songwriter
Cynthia Ann McKinney, U.S. Congresswoman from Georgia and Green Party presidential candidate
Cynthia "Cyn" Santana, American model and reality TV personality ("Love & Hip Hop")
Cynthia Bailey, American reality TV personality ("Real Housewives of Atlanta")
Cynthia DeFelice, American novelist
(Cynthia) Jane Fellowes, sister of Princess Diana
Cynthia Dawn "Cindy" Margolis, American actress and model
Cynthia "Cindy" Morris Sherman, American photographer & director
Cynthia Jane "Cindy" Williams, American actress
Cynthia Ann "Cindy" Birdsong, American singer of The Supremes
Cynthia Ellen Nixon, American actress
Cynthia Rylant, American novelist
Cynthia Ozick, American novelist
Cynthia Watros, American actress
Cynthia Dorn, Scottish-born American actress
Cynthia Powell Lennon, artist and first wife of musician John Lennon
Cynthia Michele Watros, American actress
Cynthia "Cyndi" Lauper, American singer
Cynthia "Cindy" Crawford, American supermodel
Cynthia Lynn Daniel, American actress; twin sister Brittany Daniel
Cynthia Geary, American actress
Cynthia Lynne Cooper-Dyke, American basketball player

Pop Culture References for the Name Cynthia

Cynthia, doll on animated series "Rugrats"
Cynthia "Cindy" Heller, main character in movie "Blue Valentine"
Cynthia, mother of Marvel Comics' Doctor Doom
Cynthia Miller, character on TV series "Call the Midwife"
Cynthia, Sinnoh Champion in the Pokemon video games
Cynthia Delano Banek, character in movie "Changing Lanes"

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Cynthia's International Variations

Kynthia (Greek) Cinzia (Italian) Cintia (Portuguese) Cinta (Spanish)