Cynthia Name Meaning & Origin


Pronunciation: SIN-thee-ə (key)

Origin of the name Cynthia:

Popular name derived from the Latin and Greek Kynthia, a name for Artemus, the mythological goddess of the moon and hunting and twin sister of Apollo. The name has its root in Kynthios (from Kynthos, a mountain on the island of Delos).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Cinda, Cindy, Cinthia, Cinthya, Cintia, Thea, Tia

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Comments and insights on the name Cynthia

My Dad originally wanted to name me Cindy but when I was born my mom said I looked more like a "Cynthia" but they could call me Cindy. I am now 25 years old and I have never gone by Cindy. In fact, it bothers me when people assume I go by Cindy. If it's ever shortened into a nick-name it's either Cynth or Cyn. I love my name, I think it's a strong and beautiful name. It has suited me well all my life and I would highly recommend it!

Recently heard variation: Cynthiana (Also the name of a couple towns and an American wine grape.) Diana and Lucinda is an alternative to Cynthia.

Personal experiences with the name Cynthia

Although I was born at the peak of popularity for the name Cynthia (1954), I was the only Cindy or Cynthia in my class until I reached high school. My father liked "romantic-sounding" names, and my parents gave them to all three of their daughters (Patricia, Cynthia and Pamela).

I have never really been happy with my name, but also never really disliked it enough to try to change it. I always felt that "Cindy" was too babyish; and if there was a snobby, wealthy girl character in a TV show or movie she was almost inevitably called "Cynthia"! The one thing I did like about it (especially in my teen years) was the connection with the Greek moon goddess -- that was sort of cool.

I was called Cindy by my family and have been called Cindy, Cynthia and Cyn by friends and coworkers. After "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" came out on TV, I was teased by being called "Cindy Lou Who"! My Polish grandmother called me "Cincy"!

I have not met any baby Cynthias, but I now think it is a pretty name and might be a good choice for those who want something standard but not overly popular -- a revival name like Olive, Imogene, or Audrey.

My name is Cynthia, and I have always gone by Cindy. I've never liked my name Cindy, and I wish I would have been called Cynthia growing up! I've gone by Cindy too long for it to be a natural change to people calling me Cynthia.

Nicknames for Cynthia

Cindy, Cyndi, Cindi, Tia, Cinda, Thea, Cynthie, Cyn, Cyd, CeCe, Cinderella, Cia, Thia, Cyndie

Meanings and history of the name Cynthia

Cynthia comes from the birth of the goddess Artemis (the moon) on the mountain Cynthus on the island of Delos, along with her brother Apollo (the sun). Artemis is the goddess of the hunt, virgins, the wild and animals. She requested from her father, Zeus, to remain a virgin and has done so to remain independent from other gods.

The moon is often called Cynthia in poetry in an allusion to Artemis, her goddess and so has Queen Elizabeth was often called Cynthia to give her praise as an eternally beautiful and independent virgin.

Famous real-life people named Cynthia

Cynthia Rothrock, martial arts/action film star
Cynthia Bremser, long distance runner
Cynthia Deyanira Rodríguez Ruiz, contestant on the reality TV show "La Academia"
Cynthia Greiner, American female heptathlete and long jumper
Cynthia Herrup, American historian of early modern British law and professor
Cynthia Tse Kimberlin, American ethnomusicologist
Cynthia Lennon, first wife of musician John Lennon
Cynthia McKinney, former United States Representative & 2008 Green Party nominee for President of the United States
Cynthia Nixon, American actress
Cynthia Ryder, American rower
Cynthia "Cyndi" Lauper, American pop singer-songwriter and actress
Cynthia Glassman, commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Cynthia Olavarría, actress, TV host, fashion model, and former Miss Puerto Rico
Cynthia Ozick, writer
Cynthia Rowley, American fashion designer
Cynthia Gregory, American ballerina
Cynthia Watros, American actress

Cynthia in song, story & screen

Cynthia, Champion of the Sinnoh region in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl (video games)
Cynthia Murdoch, one of major characters in Poirot mystery The Mysterious Affair at Styles
Cynthia, doll belonging to Angelica Pickles on Rugrats and All Grown Up!
Song: Cindy, Oh, Cindy

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