Origin, Meaning, And History of Cyrus
Cyrus is the Latinized version of the Greek word “Kyros,” which is believed to be a derivative of the Persian word “Kurush,” which means “sun.” It may have also originated from the Greek word “Kyrios,” meaning “Lord.” In Latin and American, the name Cyrus means “sun,” while it refers to “miserable” in the Bible. It was the name given to many Persian kings with alternate spelling variations like Cyris, Cyrus, or Cyres.
The name Cyrus has a strong and rich history, dating back to the 6th century when Cyrus the Great founded the Persian Empire. Born in 599 B.C. as the son of King Cambyses, Cyrus the Great ascended to the throne in 559 B.C. and ruled Persia with wisdom and strength. He is worshiped in the Hebrew Bible for conquering Babylon and liberating the Jews from captivity. Cyrus is also the name of Cyrus I of Anshan, the grandfather of Cyrus the Great, also known as Cyrus II. Since Cyrus the Great’s name has been mentioned 23 times in the Bible, it was a popular name among the Puritans.
The name Cyrus is still popular in recent years, marking it in the list of top 500 names. There are also many fictional characters with the name Cyrus. For example, Cyrus Beene is a character from the TV show “Scandal,” while Cyrus Gold, also known as Solomon Grundy, is a villain in DC Comics. John Malkovich played Cyrus Grissom in the movie “Con Air,” Cyrus Lupo is a detective from the TV show “Law & Order.”
In the board game “Clue” (or “Cluedo”), one of the characters is named Cyrus West. In the video game “Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum,” Cyrus is the leader of Team Galactic. In the manga and anime series “Black Butler” (also known as “Kuroshitsuji”), there is a character named Cyrus.
How To Pronounce Cyrus?
Famous People With The Name Cyrus
- Cyrus the GreatFounder of the Persian Empire
- Cyrus Pallonji MistryIrish-Indian businessman and Chairman of Indian conglomerate Tata Group
- Miley CyrusAmerican actress and singer known for her role in Disney’s show Hannah Montana
- Cyrus WilcoxAmerican actor and husband of Clementine Ford
- Cyrus Mc CormickAmerican inventor and businessman who founded the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company
- Cyrus Eaton American industrialist and philanthropist
- Cyrus ChothiaBritish scientist
Cyrus On The Popularity Chart
This name has seen a consistent rise and fall in its popularity and ranking. Check out the following graphic representation to gauge its performance over the years.
Popularity Over Time
Touching a peak of 924 babies per million in 2021, Cyrus as a name is slowly becoming a favorite among new parents.Source: Social Security Administration
Rank Over Time
It lost its place in 2007 to other well-known names, but recent improvements in rankings show that it is gradually reclaiming it.Source: Social Security Administration
Names With Similar Sound As Cyrus
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Names With Similar Meaning As Cyrus
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