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Gender: Male Meaning of Cyrus: "sun" Origin of Cyrus: Persian Cyrus's Popularity in 2017: #427

The name Cyrus is a boy's name of Persian origin meaning "sun". Cyrus is ranked #427 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Adding then Eliminating - Boys Themed".

From the experts:

Very popular in the Iranian community, this name of the founder of the Persian Empire has had a more down-home, corncob pipe-smoking image for most Americans in the past, but this has begun to change.

The powerful Cyrus the Great was the fifth century B.C. Persian leader who conquered Babylon to establish his empire. Since his name is mentioned in the Old Testament, it was fashionable with the Puritans.

Cyrus McCormick was the inventor of the reaper, and Cyrus Vance was Secretary of State under Jimmy Carter. The name is also associated these days with singer Miley Cyrus.

Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy named their baby boy Cyrus, and there have been Cyruses on Gossip Girl, Law & Order and Scandal. Ciro is the catchy Italian version.

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Famous People Named Cyrus

Cyrus the Great, Cyrus I of Anshan, and Cyrus the Younger, Kings of Persia
Cyrus Roberts Vance, U.S. Secretary of State
Cyrus Roberts Vance Jr., New York District Attorney
Cyrus Danall Gray, American NFL football player
Cyrus Hall McCormick, American inventor
Cyrus Sylvester Frederick Christie, Irish footballer
Cyrus Berenice Kouandjio, American NFL football player
Cyrus Habib, American politician; 16th Lieutenant Governor of Washington
Cyrus Villanueva, Australian pop singer
Cyrus Rowlett "C. R." Smith, American former CEO of American Airlines
Cyrus Willard "Cy" Kendall, American actor
Cyrus Peirce, American educator
Cyrus Cotton "Cy" Hungerford, American editorial cartoonist
Cyrus Alessandro Twombly, son of painter Cy Twombly
Cyrus Zachariah Shepherd-Oppenheim, son of actress Cybill Shepherd
Cyrus Michael Christopher Dancy, son of actors Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy

Pop Culture References for the name Cyrus

Cyrus Fawcett, main character in 2010 film "Cyrus"
Cyrus Foley, character on American soap "Guiding Light"
Cyrus "The Virus" Grissom, character in the 1997 film "Con-Air"
Cyrus Beene, a character on TV's "Scandal"
Cyrus Goodman, character on TV's "Andi Mack"
Cyrus Lupo, a detective on TV's "Law & Order"
Cyrus Rose, minor character on TV's "Gossip Girl"
Cyrus, character in Pokemon Diamond, Pearl and Platinum
Cyrus, a genie, on TV's "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland"
Cyrus Gold, real name of Solomon Grundy in DC Universe
Cyrus Pinkney, character in DC Universe
Cyrus Silk, character in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
Cyrus Best, character in "The Sims" video game series
Cyrus DeBarge, main character in 2012 film "Let it Shine"
Cyrus Montrose, character in "The Alienist"

Syrus, Cy, Cyro, Syris, Cyris, Cyress, Cyriss, Cyrie

Cyrus's International Variations

Ciro (Italian)


Courtney Preuss Says:


I have this picked as a potential boy name, Cyrus Landon <3

Olivia Kight Says:


We named our little boy Cyrus, and we LOVE it. Believe it or not, I haven't gotten a single comment about Miley Cyrus from anyone we've introduced him to (he's a year and a half now). We loved the name because it is a bit unique and off beat, yet very classic and full of history. Cyrus the Great was a mighty yet benevolent king who instituted some of the first recorded human rights in the lands he conquered. He also initiated a very compassionate ruling on those lands, allowing them to continue with worship and largely government as they saw fit. A great example for a kingly little boy to aspire to- especially since his middle name, a family name, is Kingston! We call him Cy, which I think is very cute nickname. Just wanted to add my two cents in case anyone is on the fence about this name. Two thumbs up from us!

Wittyusername103 Says:


Miley wasn't the first and she won't be the last. It also wasn't invented specifically for her (and in fact Miley has a bigger association it might just be my media where I live but I rarely if never hear her full name). I have to agree with Ty here.

Wittyusername103 Says:


I like this name to be honest sometimes Nameberry brings up connections others don't it's not necessarily a bad thing but it also doesn't mean it represents the population. It's a very strong leader type name. I can just imagine a bright little boy but I can also imagine a kind old man.

awheezie Says:


Terrible comment !! Lol I'm thirty and went to school with a boy, first name Cyrus, in elementary school .. If I met a boy named Cyrus I wouldn't initially think Miley, I'd think hows its neat, underused, and strong first name lol ..

Ty Says:


Your logic doesn't really hold up here. A pop singer's last name is not the origin of where the name came from, it's only one of many present day associations. Cyrus has had many multicultural connections throughout history, so I'm not sure why you chose such a specific example to place it with. That would be like completely writing off the name Lindsay because of Lindsay Lohan's reputation. Also, your name is Teresa (based upon your screen name), so does that mean I should find your name pathetic because of the relation to Teresa Guidice and her controversial Fraud charges and jail sentence? Maybe you singled out Cyrus because you don't know of any others besides Miley, so no other connection can be made with the name. That's fine and all, but that's not everybody else's situation. People can know more than one Cyrus, or have an understanding that the history of the name has very little to do with one singer's surname. So no, I don't agree at all that parents who choose this name don't care about what their child is called.

Teresa Says:


Trash. This name is an example of someone not caring about what name to give their child. Pathetic, really.

kertheshe Says:


I really like the name Cyrus. Don't mind the ties with Miley either.

Essa Says:


I was really liking this name until I read about Miley Cyrus in the name description, I hadn't made the link at all. Perhaps I'll go back to Silas.

Amber Renee Says:


I really like this name, but I don't know if I would be able to use it because of the Miley connection and that is so disappointing..

priviledgedpistachios Says:


I love this name and I don't care about the Miley Cyrus connection. I'm using it!

NaomiNY Says:


There's a Cyrus in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX. Cyrus Truesdale, Zane Truesdale's younger brother.

headintheclouds Says:


I've always thought of syrup when I saw the name Cyrus- no idea why, I just do. It's a nice old-fashioned biblical name along the lines of Amos and Jeremiah + sounds kind of Southern to me. It's a solid pick, but I think there's many other lovely biblical boy names I'd pick before Cyrus.

The other commenters seem to have a strong association of this name with Miley Cyrus, but I actually don't think so at all. I'd think of Miley Cyrus with the name Miley, but I'd think Cyrus is a common enough surname to distinguish it from her, like how Lawrence isn't synonymous with Jennifer Lawrence? It's not like Anniston where it equals Jennifer Anniston, IMO.

Glow Says:


I'm going to see if I can break her away from the name in my head, because I've always loved this name.

Jupe Says:


When I was younger I used to love this name, however, spelt Psyrus :)

Ashley1991 Says:


I like this name and would love to use it but I hate the reputation that Miley has made for this name.

CocoWhite Says:


Way too Miley for my tastes.