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Gender: Female Meaning of Cynthia: "moon goddess or, woman from Kynthos" Origin of Cynthia: Greek Cynthia's Popularity in 2018: #693

The name Cynthia is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "moon goddess or, woman from Kynthos". Cynthia is ranked #693 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Flower Names for Babies and discussed in our forums with posts like "Rotating Sibling Sets".

From the experts:

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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Popularity

Cynthia is #547 on Nameberry

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Famous People Named Cynthia

Pop Culture References for the name Cynthia

Cinda, Cyndee, Cinny, Cynthiana, Cyndra, Syntha, Syndy, Cindra, Cyn, Cyntria, Cynthiann, Cindi, Cynthea, Cynnie, Cynthie, Sinny,

Cynthia's International Variations

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

Comments

Violet_Rose Says:

2018-03-18T12:30:00

One of my all time favorite names, I will use this cupped with middle name Judith, I think it has a nice flow 😊

jessiefree Says:

2017-10-23T02:46:52

I used to be apathetic about this name because it is so common. But it is my mother's name and the more I thought about it, the more I like it, especially with Thea as a nickname rather than Cynde or Cindy. Thea is so cute!

headintheclouds Says:

2016-12-13T18:03:03

Cynthia is one of those names that I wish I liked but am just meh about. To me, the spelling looks jarring and rather clunky due to the Cyn- part and its pronunciation sounds lispy and sticky-sweet, reminds me of how Pamela makes me think of drowning in honey.

However, I do objectively appreciate the history and roots of the name, and its feel of strong and grounded femininity. While Cynthia seems currently out of fashion, I can see this name on all ages, suiting a little girl, young teen to older woman.

paulapuddephatt Says:

2016-11-27T20:50:14

This is a stunning name. I love it. Thea is a nicer nickname than Cindy, and Cynthia in full is so beautiful.

Shelbi Says:

2016-10-13T03:16:03

I love it, I think of Cynthia from Elizabeth Gaskell's classic "Wives and Daughters." Cindy is definitely awful but Thea ("thee-uh") is pretty!

indiefendi2 Says:

2015-02-08T20:20:18

I used to think of this as an old woman name until Cyn Santana came along.

MJadeF Says:

2015-02-08T18:34:58

Cynthia isn't a bad name, but all I can think about is Angelica's weird, little doll from Rugrats.