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Quick Facts on Cindy

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 789
Simple meaning:
Artemis, Greek goddess of the hunt; Woman from Mount Kynthos

Characteristics of Cindy

  • Independent
  • Individualistic
  • Ambitious
  • Strong-willed
  • Inventive
  • Successful

Etymology & Historical Origin - Cindy

Cindy is the English diminutive of Cynthia, a name that comes from the Greek “kynthia” meaning “woman from Mount Kynthos”. Cynthia was another name (a sort of surname) often used for their mythological goddess Artemis to signify her birthplace on Mount Kynthos on the Greek island of Delos. Artemis (or Cynthia) was a great deity to the Greeks. She was the daughter of Zeus and Leto (or debatably Demeter) and the twin sister of Apollo. She was venerated as the goddess of the hunt, wilderness, children and virginity (her Roman counterpart was Diana). She was often depicted holding a bow and quiver of arrows and could invigorate mortals, cure human sufferings, and protect the young. Artemis was also chaste and virginal who could never be conquered by love. In later tradition, Artemis is associated with Selene (an earlier Greek goddess of the moon). While the name dates back to Antiquity, Cynthia was not a name used in medieval times because of her pagan associations. It was revived during the late Renaissance period (17th century). Cindy developed as a pet form and later became an independently given name in its own right mainly in North America, sometimes in reference to Cinderella. Cindy is also sometimes considered a pet form of Lucinda.

Popularity of the Name Cindy

As an independently given name, Cindy debuted on the American charts for the first time in 1938. The name climbed the charts pretty quickly and became a Top 100 favorite in 1953. Cindy’s peak success came during the 1950s and 60s reaching her highest position ever when she ranked #19 most popular girl’s name in America in 1957. Cindy started to decline in usage during the 1970s, but went into more of a freefall at the turn of the 21st century. No longer stylish, Cindy is used with relatively low levels of moderation today. Cindy is a fairly “cutesy” name that conjures up the youngest, pig-tailed daughter from “The Brady Bunch” or the irresistible Cindy Lou Who from “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas”. Of course, gorgeous supermodel Cindy Crawford helps to off-set this a bit (although her birth name is Cynthia). As a stand-alone given name, Cindy is a much more casual and less sophisticated choice for parents who prefer simplicity to flowery. The other thing we’d point out: Cindy is a name that has inspired scores of songs by well-known artists, so she definitely has something going for her!
Popularity of the Girl Name Cindy
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Cindy

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Cindy

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Cindy

    Cindy We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Cindy.

  • Popular Songs on Cindy

    Popular Songs on Cindy

    Cindy - a song by The Temptations

    Cindy - a song by Johnny Cash

    Cindy C. - a song by Prince

    Cindy Incidentally - a song by the Faces

    Cindy of a Thousand Lives - a song by Billy Bragg

    Cindy of New Orleans - a song by Bruce Oakes

    Cindy Tells Me - a song by Brian Eno

    Cindy, Cindy - a song by Elvis Presley

    Cindy, I Love You - a song by Johnny Cash

    Cindy, Oh Cindy - a song by Eddie Fisher

    Cindy, Oh Cindy - a song by The Beach Boys

    Cindy, Oh Cindy - a song by Waylon Jennings

    Hi, My Name's Cindy - a song by Self [explicit]

    I’m Coming Home Cindy - a song by Trini Lopez

    Spark & Cindy - a song by Ocean Colour Scene

    Taste of Cindy - a song by Jesus and Mary Chain

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Cindy

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Cindy

    Cindy Ellen: A Wild Western Cinderella (Susan Lowell) - Once upon a time, there was a sweet cowgirl named Cindy Ellen, who lived with the orneriest stepmother west of the Mississippi and two stepsisters who were so nasty, they made rattlesnakes look nice! But when a fast-talkin' fairy godmother teaches Cindy Ellen a little lesson about gumption, Cindy lassos first place at the rodeo and the heart of Joe Prince....You may think you've heard the story before-but you'll get a side-splittin' bellyache after you're through with this hilarious rendition told Wild West-style! Recommended for ages 4-7.

    Cindy Moo (Lori Mortensen) - One night on the farm, the cows overhear a fantastic tale. “Hey Diddle Diddle, the cat and the fiddle, the cow jumped over the moon!” Inspired by this classic rhyme, a plucky cow named Cindy Moo sets out to prove that cows really can leap over the moon. The other cows laugh at her, but that doesn’t stop Cindy from trying—and failing—night after night...until a trick of nature shows Cindy a way to triumph. As delightfully silly as the original nursery rhyme, this hilarious picture book will have readers of all stripes (and spots) cheering for its determined heroine. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Thoroughbred Series (Joanna Campbell) - The Thoroughbred Series is comprised of over 70 books featuring stories that take place amidst the Kentucky Thoroughbred equestrianism scene. They are designed for female pre-teen and teenage readers who enjoy the adventures and challenges of horse racing (as well as subplots about boyfriends, school and family). The series focuses on a group of core characters, Ashleigh Griffen, Samantha McLean, Cindy Blake/McLean and Ashleigh's daughter Christina, as well as Christina's friends. Recommended for ages 10+

  • Famous People Named Cindy

    Famous People Named Cindy

    Famous People Named Cindy - Cynthia "Cindy" Crawford (supermodel/businesswoman); Cynthia "Cyndi" Lauper (singer/songwriter); Cynthia “Cindy” Williams (actress); Cynthia “Cindy” Sherman (photographer): Cynthia “Cindy” Wilson (musician with the B-52s); Cindy McCain (wife of politician John McCain); Cindy Jackson (Guinness Book record holder for most cosmetic surgery procedures)

  • Children of Famous People Named Cindy

    Children of Famous People Named Cindy

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Cindy - Johnny Cash (musician); Dick Clark (TV personality)

  • Historic Figures

    Cindy - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Cindy - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Cindy.

Personality of the Girl Name Cindy

The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged.  They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.

Variations of the Baby Name - Cindy

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