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Gender: Female Meaning of Cynthia: "moon goddess or, woman from Kynthos" Origin of Cynthia: Greek Cynthia's Popularity in 2017: #637

The name Cynthia is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "moon goddess or, woman from Kynthos". Cynthia is ranked #637 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Gorgeous Flower Names for Babies and discussed in our forums with posts like "Three Strikes, You're Out -- Girls".

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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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 D'Aprix Sweeney, American author
(Cynthia) Jane Fellowes, sister of Princess Diana
Cynthia Erivo, British Broadway actress
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
Cynthia Menard, Miss World Canada 2017

Pop Culture References for the name Cynthia

Cynthia "Cindy" Brady, character on The Brady Bunch
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"
Cynthia, A character from the game "Fire emblem Awakening"
Cynthia, character in Freeform's "Recovery Road"
Cynthia Reynolds aka Gypsy, character on TV's "The Flash"
Cynthia Brandt, character in the webcomic "Riverside Extras" by Miri Chamberlain


Violet_Rose Says:


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:


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:


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:


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

Shelbi Says:


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:


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

MJadeF Says:


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