Cyrus is a simplistic and approachable name in modern times, but during the Persian empire, it was a regal option. The name is most closely associated with Cyrus the Great, for instance. This baby name is rising in popularity again with a placement on the top 400 list in 2020.

Meaning of the name Cyrus:

Persian: sun

Origin of the name Cyrus:

Cyrus originates from the Greek name Kyros, which comes from the Persian Kurush. Cyrus was used throughout Greece and Persia, however. It was a popular name among men in authority, including King Cyrus the Great of Persia. The name became popular elsewhere, especially in England, after the Protestant Reformation.

Symbolism of the name Cyrus:

Cyrus means “sun,” which is ironic when so many rulers had the baby name. It actually receives its meaning from the ancient Persian name Kurush.

baby name cyrus

Style of the name Cyrus:


Gender of the name Cyrus:

Cyrus is an ancient baby name for boys.

Pronunciation of the name Cyrus:


Number of syllables in the name Cyrus:


Emotion evoked from the name Cyrus:

Cyrus feels mature and very classic. It does have a serious side to it too.

Alternative spellings for the name Cyrus:

  • Cyris
  • Cyruss
  • Cyres
  • Cyriss
  • Cyress
  • Syris
  • Syrus

Nicknames for the name Cyrus:

  • Cye
  • Cy
  • Cyro
  • Cyrie
  • Cyrey
  • Cyru

Popularity of the name Cyrus:

The baby name Cyrus only had a few years on the top 400 list in the early twentieth century. It then dipped to even a top 1,000 or 900 baby name throughout the mid and late twentieth centuries. The name has begun to rise in popularity in recent years, however. In 2010, it became a top 500 name again at rank 487. In 2020, it was a top 400 name at rank 369.

Related names for the name Cyrus:

Great middle names for Cyrus and their meanings:

  • Gideon (one who cuts down)
  • Ignatius (fiery)
  • Leopold (brave people)
  • Augustine (to increase)
  • Alden (old friend, wise protector)
  • Horatio (timekeeper)
  • Emmanuel (God is with us)
  • Maxfield (Mac's field)

Famous people with the name Cyrus:

  • Cyrus the Great (Persian King)
  • Cyrus Vance (Secretary of the State)
  • Cyrus Gray (NFL player)
  • Cyrus McCormick (inventor)
  • Cyrus Villanueva (pop singer)
  • Cyrus Kendall (actor, “The Lonely Trail”)
  • Cyrus Hungerford (cartoonist)

Cyrus' in popular culture:

  • Cyrus Fawcett (character from “Cyrus”)
  • Cyrus Foley (character from “Guiding Light”)
  • Cyrus Grissom (character from “Con, Air”)
  • Cyrus Beene (character from “Scandal”)
  • Cyrus Goodman (character from “Andi Mack”)
  • Cyrus Rose (character from “Gossip Girl”)
  • Cyrus Gold (DC Comics character)