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Artemis, Greek goddess of the hunt; Woman from Mount Kynthos
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Etymology & Historical Origin - Cynthia
Cynthia is a name that comes to us from the Greek word “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 the Classical Era, Cynthia was not a name used in medieval times. It was revived during the late Renaissance period (17th century).
Popularity of the Name Cynthia
Cynthia has enjoyed a long and illustrative career on the American female naming charts. In moderate use since the 19th century, Cynthia entered the 20th century slowly climbing the charts. By mid-century, Cynthia was becoming a fast favorite. The name first entered the Top 100 list of most commonly used girl names in 1945. Not content to stop there, Cynthia became a Top 10 choice for most of the 1950s and into the mid-60s. This was by far the height of her popularity, but she would remain on the Top 100 all the way through 1994. As we’ve entered the 21st century, Cynthia has been declining on the charts at a much faster clip. The name has now returned to the moderate levels of popularity she achieved over 100 years ago. While some consider Cynthia outdated by today’s naming styles, we find her charming and unique. Cindy as a pet form is cute and youthful (think: Cindy Crawford or Cyndi Lauper). As an ancient Greek name, Cynthia is intelligent-sounding, classical and sophisticated. This is a good choice for the contrarian parents who appreciate history and could care less about the naming trends followed by the masses. Its recent decline in popularity just makes it that much more of a unique choice today!
Popularity of the Girl Name Cynthia
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Cynthia
Popular Songs on Cynthia
Cynthia - a song by Blue Rodeo
Cynthia - a song by Bruce Springsteen
Cynthia Mask - a song by Robyn Hitchcock
Children's Books on the Baby Name Cynthia
Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings (Shel Silverstein) - “If you are a dreamer, come in, / If you are a dreamer, / A wisher, a liar, / A hope-er, a pray-er, / A magic bean buyer …” Come in … for where the sidewalk ends, Shel Silverstein’s world begins. You’ll meet a boy who turns into a TV set, and a girl who eats a whale. The Unicorn and the Bloath live there, and so does Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout who will not take the garbage out. It is a place where you wash your shadow and plant diamond gardens, a place where shoes fly, sisters are auctioned off, and crocodiles go to the dentist. Shel Silverstein’s masterful collection of poems and drawings is at once outrageously funny and profound. Recommended for ages 8-12.
Famous People Named Cynthia
Famous People Named Cynthia - Cynthia Ann "Cindy" Crawford (supermodel and businesswoman); Cynthia Ann Stephanie "Cyndi" Lauper (80s pop singer); Cynthia Nixon (actress); Cynthia Rowley (fashion designer); Cynthia McFadden (TV journalist); Cynthia Rylant (writer); Cynthia Gibb (actress); Cynthia Rothrock (MMA actress)
Children of Famous People Named Cynthia
Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Cynthia - Joan Crawford (actress); John Cleese (actor/comic)
Cynthia - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Cynthia - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Cynthia.
Personality of the Girl Name Cynthia
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Variations of the Baby Name - Cynthia