Cynthia

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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Cynthia

"Cynthia" is a name of Greek origin, and it means "From Kinthos". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Cynthia
the virgin goddess of the hunt and the moon; daughter of Leto and twin sister of Apollo; identified with Roman Diana.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. (Greek mythology) the virgin goddess of the hunt and the Moon; daughter of Leto and twin sister of Apollo; identified with Roman Diana
Wiktionary

From an Ancient Greek epithet of the moon goddess Artemis, from the Mount Κύνθος (Kúnthos), on Delos island, the center of her worship.

  1. (uncountable, poetic) The Moon, personified.
  2. (countable) A female given name.

Cynthia was also found in the following language(s): Portuguese

Notable Persons Named Cynthia

Cyndi Lauper is a singer, songwriter, actress, and activist. She holds the title Girls Just Want To Have Fun". and Into the Nightlife". Her ongoing career started in 1980. Cyndi was given the name Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper on June 22nd, 1953 in Astoria, Queens, New York City, U.S.

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Cindy Crawford is a model, actress, television personality, and model (people). Cindy was given the name Cynthia Ann Crawford on February 20th, 1966 in DeKalb, Illinois, U.S.

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Cynthia Nixon is an actress. She was most prominent from 1979 to present. Cynthia was given the name Cynthia Ellen Nixon on April 9th, 1966 in New York City.

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Cynthia Addai-Robinson is an actress. Her ongoing career started in 2002. Cynthia was born Cynthia Addai-Robinson on January 12th, 1985 in London, United Kingdom.

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Cindy Sherman is an artist. Cindy was given the name Cynthia Morris Sherman on January 19th, 1954 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, U.S.

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Cynthia was given the name Cynthia Powell on September 10th, 1939 in Blackpool, Lancashire, England. She breathed her last breath on April 1st, 2015.

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How popular is the baby name Cynthia in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 61 61 0
1881 47 47 0
1882 45 45 0
1883 66 66 0
1884 59 59 0
1885 59 59 0
1886 56 56 0
1887 55 55 0
1888 58 58 0
1889 76 76 0
1890 79 79 0
1891 67 67 0
1892 80 80 0
1893 73 73 0
1894 58 58 0
1895 58 58 0
1896 63 63 0
1897 80 80 0
1898 72 72 0
1899 71 71 0
1900 88 88 0
1901 67 67 0
1902 63 63 0
1903 65 65 0
1904 60 60 0
1905 63 63 0
1906 77 77 0
1907 80 80 0
1908 56 56 0
1909 76 76 0
1910 86 86 0
1911 105 105 0
1912 157 157 0
1913 165 165 0
1914 183 183 0
1915 216 216 0
1916 224 224 0
1917 240 240 0
1918 271 271 0
1919 264 264 0
1920 285 285 0
1921 295 295 0
1922 283 283 0
1923 310 310 0
1924 366 366 0
1925 340 340 0
1926 392 392 0
1927 433 433 0
1928 472 472 0
1929 487 487 0
1930 596 596 0
1931 632 632 0
1932 636 636 0
1933 777 772 5
1934 1,029 1,021 8
1935 999 990 9
1936 983 983 0
1937 1,188 1,181 7
1938 1,365 1,365 0
1939 1,488 1,488 0
1940 1,893 1,881 12
1941 2,301 2,296 5
1942 2,741 2,726 15
1943 2,902 2,893 9
1944 2,577 2,572 5
1945 3,140 3,128 12 #90 girl name
1946 6,911 6,892 19 #46 girl name
1947 10,555 10,529 26 #33 girl name
1948 12,265 12,242 23 #27 girl name
1949 12,917 12,897 20 #27 girl name
1950 14,476 14,446 30 #23 girl name
1951 16,320 16,295 25 #20 girl name
1952 19,910 19,883 27 #18 girl name
1953 25,162 25,131 31 #12 girl name
1954 27,651 27,617 34 #10 girl name
1955 27,232 27,184 48 #11 girl name
1956 32,403 32,342 61 #8 girl name
1957 39,397 39,321 76 #7 girl name
1958 31,065 31,000 65 #8 girl name
1959 30,235 30,170 65 #8 girl name
1960 26,795 26,727 68 #9 girl name
1961 24,435 24,379 56 #8 girl name
1962 24,078 24,021 57 #8 girl name
1963 21,643 21,592 51 #10 girl name
1964 20,380 20,325 55 #9 girl name
1965 19,309 19,248 61 #9 girl name
1966 17,475 17,413 62 #11 girl name
1967 15,391 15,337 54 #18 girl name
1968 14,086 14,047 39 #19 girl name
1969 13,572 13,522 50 #23 girl name
1970 12,976 12,923 53 #25 girl name
1971 12,184 12,144 40 #24 girl name
1972 10,211 10,173 38 #25 girl name
1973 8,779 8,745 34 #26 girl name
1974 7,580 7,554 26 #33 girl name
1975 6,577 6,541 36 #40 girl name
1976 6,046 6,014 32 #44 girl name
1977 5,805 5,782 23 #48 girl name
1978 5,426 5,403 23 #50 girl name
1979 4,962 4,934 28 #55 girl name
1980 4,722 4,701 21 #64 girl name
1981 4,873 4,856 17 #60 girl name
1982 4,447 4,425 22 #63 girl name
1983 4,582 4,553 29 #62 girl name
1984 4,652 4,622 30 #62 girl name
1985 4,159 4,129 30 #66 girl name
1986 3,447 3,423 24 #80 girl name
1987 3,425 3,395 30 #84 girl name
1988 3,809 3,784 25 #79 girl name
1989 3,819 3,778 41 #84 girl name
1990 3,821 3,795 26 #88 girl name
1991 3,727 3,706 21 #93 girl name
1992 3,571 3,549 22 #92 girl name
1993 3,403 3,383 20 #95 girl name
1994 3,184 3,159 25
1995 2,970 2,958 12
1996 3,197 3,189 8
1997 2,723 2,713 10
1998 2,639 2,632 7
1999 2,231 2,224 7
2000 2,038 2,038 0
2001 1,921 1,921 0
2002 1,837 1,831 6
2003 1,667 1,662 5
2004 1,519 1,519 0
2005 1,572 1,572 0
2006 1,420 1,420 0
2007 1,232 1,232 0
2008 1,072 1,072 0
2009 892 892 0
2010 833 833 0
2011 731 731 0
2012 749 749 0
2013 600 600 0
2014 632 632 0
2015 577 577 0
2016 550 550 0

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Popularity of Cynthia as a first name

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Fun Facts about the name Cynthia

  • How Popular is the name Cynthia? Cynthia is the 78th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Cynthia have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 710,251 babies born with the first name Cynthia in the United States. That's more than enough people named Cynthia to occupy the country of Montenegro with an estimated population of 620,029 (as of April 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Cynthia? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 61 new born babies.
  • When was Cynthia first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Cynthia is Wednesday, May 29th, 1867.
  • What year had the most people named Cynthia born? The highest recorded use of the first name Cynthia was in 1957 with a total of 39,321 babies. That's a lot of babies named Cynthia!
  • Random Cynthia Factoid: According to the 1963 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Cynthia ranks 14th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Maryland. Imagine that, 362 babies in Maryland have the same name as you in 1963.
  • Weird things about the name Cynthia: Your name in reverse order is Aihtnyc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Yictanh. How do you pronounce that?

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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