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Etymology & Historical Origin - Cyrus
Cyrus is the anglicized form of the Greek name Κυρος (Kyros), believed to be associated with “kyrios” meaning ‘lord’. The name was borne by several kings of Persia, but most notably Cyrus the Great who reigned over the largest empire the world had yet seen (6th century B.C.). Cyrus the Great is also a prominent and admired figure in the Old Testament, noted for overthrowing the Babylonian Empire and, in an act of diplomatic genius, invited the Jews back from exile to rebuild their Temple in Jerusalem (Ezra 1:2-4). This edict made him extremely popular in the ancient Near East and he is mentioned several times in the Bible as well as the Hidden Books of the Apocrypha. As an English name, Cyrus was adopted by the Puritans during the 16th century Protestant Reformation, probably in a nod to Cyrus’ appreciation for religious freedom and tolerance.
Popularity of the Name Cyrus
Cyrus has consistently maintained a position on the American male naming charts for well over a century. We assume it’s been around since colonization (due to the Puritan influence), but we only have government data going back to the 1880s. In any case, the name was mildly popular in the late 19th century, but throughout the 20th century, this name saw a slow and steady decline. In fact, Cyrus came dangerously close to falling off the charts altogether by the mid-1970s. Fortunately for Cyrus, American parents started taking an interest again in lesser-known Biblical names starting in the 1990s (Ethan, Elijah, Caleb, Gideon). Now that we’ve entered the 21st century, Cyrus is by no means a popular name, but his station on the charts appears to be improving. He remains uncommon and underused which is good news for parents who abhor hyper-trendy monikers. Cyrus is a wonderful name with a lot of understated appeal. It’s at once ancient yet modern. Familiar yet unconventional. Neglected yet original. “Lordly” yet friendly. It has a cool-quality X factor and Cy is a simple, perfect nickname.
Popularity of the Boy Name Cyrus
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Cyrus
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Cyrus
Cyrus We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Cyrus.
Popular Songs on Cyrus
Cyrus - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Cyrus.
Children's Books on the Baby Name Cyrus
Cyrus the Unsinkable Sea Serpent (Bill Peet) - A shark accuses Cyrus of cowardice because he won't sink any ships. The kindly sea serpent almost succumbs to peer pressure, but learns at last to be himself. The School Library Journal says: "Cyrus's adventures told in rollicking prose are a sure-bet for story hour." Recommended for ages 5-8.
Famous People Named Cyrus
Famous People Named Cyrus - Cyrus (several Persian kings); Cyrus Vance (former Secretary of State); Cyrus Peirce (educator); Cyrus West Field (American business man); Cyrus McCormick (inventor); Cyrus B. Lower (Civil War hero); Cyrus Frisch (Dutch film director); Cyrus S. Eaton (businessman); Cyrus Edwin Dallin (sculptor)
Children of Famous People Named Cyrus
Famous People Who Named Their Son Cyrus - Cybill Shepherd (actress)
Personality of the Boy Name Cyrus
The number Five personality loves the excitement of life and can easily adapt to all situations. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected and prefer to be in constant motion. It makes them feel alive. They'll stir up some action if there's not enough around, and as inherent risk-takers they enjoy pushing the envelope. Naturally rebellious, the Five personality has no fear and never resists change. Traveling and new experiences feed their souls. Fives are very social and attract friends with ease. People love to be around the Five fun-loving and exciting energy. This is also a lucky number in numerology (like the Threes), so fortune seems to shine on them, helped along by their own optimism and good-nature. Fives have a quick wit, a cerebral mind, and are generally very persuasive.
Variations of the Baby Name - Cyrus