"moon goddess or, woman from Kynthos"

Cynthia Origin and Meaning

The name Cynthia is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "moon goddess or, woman from Kynthos".

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.

Cynthia always qualifies as a nature name. Two-flowered cynthia is a yellow wildflower in the aster family.
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 Cinzia (CHIN-zia).

# 873 in the US

Cynthia Rank in US Top 1000

# 290 on Nameberry

Cynthia Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Cynthia Popularity

Famous People Named Cynthia

  • Cynthia WeilAmerican songwriter
  • Cynthia Ann McKinneyU.S. Congresswoman from Georgia and Green Party presidential candidate
  • Cynthia "Cyn" SantanaAmerican model and reality TV personality ("Love & Hip Hop")
  • Cynthia BaileyAmerican reality TV personality ("Real Housewives of Atlanta")
  • Cynthia DeFeliceAmerican novelist
  • Cynthia D'Aprix SweeneyAmerican author
  • (Cynthia) Jane Fellowessister of Princess Diana
  • Cynthia ErivoBritish Broadway actress
  • Cynthia Dawn "Cindy" MargolisAmerican actress and model
  • Cynthia "Cindy" Morris ShermanAmerican photographer & director
  • Cynthia Jane "Cindy" WilliamsAmerican actress
  • Cynthia Ann "Cindy" BirdsongAmerican singer of The Supremes
  • Cynthia Ellen NixonAmerican actress
  • Cynthia RylantAmerican novelist
  • Cynthia OzickAmerican novelist
  • Cynthia WatrosAmerican actress
  • Cynthia DornScottish,born American actress
  • Cynthia Powell Lennonartist and first wife of musician John Lennon
  • Cynthia Michele WatrosAmerican actress
  • Cynthia "Cyndi" LauperAmerican singer
  • Cynthia "Cindy" CrawfordAmerican supermodel
  • Cynthia Lynn DanielAmerican actress; twin sister Brittany Daniel
  • Cynthia GearyAmerican actress
  • Cynthia Lynne CooperDyke, American basketball player
  • Cynthia MenardMiss World Canada 2017

Cynthia in Pop Culture

  • Cynthia "Cindy" Bradycharacter on The Brady Bunch
  • Cynthiadoll on animated series "Rugrats"
  • Cynthia "Cindy" Hellermain character in movie "Blue Valentine"
  • Cynthiamother of Marvel Comics' Doctor Doom
  • Cynthia Millercharacter on TV series "Call the Midwife"
  • CynthiaSinnoh Champion in the Pokemon video games
  • Cynthia Delano Banekcharacter in movie "Changing Lanes"
  • CynthiaA character from the game "Fire emblem Awakening"
  • Cynthiacharacter in Freeform's "Recovery Road"
  • Cynthia Reynolds aka Gypsycharacter on TV's "The Flash"
  • Cynthia Brandtcharacter in the webcomic "Riverside Extras" by Miri Chamberlain