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Updated June 10, 2024

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Boy name origins & meanings

What does Cyrus mean and stand for?


  • Persian: Sun or throne
  • Greek: Lord or master
  • Irish: Crag

Gender: Male

Syllables: 2

Pronunciation: The name Cyrus is pronounced sai-rus

The name Cyrus has deep historical roots, initially derived from the Persian name "Kūruš," meaning sun or throne. It also has a significant presence in Greek origin, where it translates to lord or master. Cyrus the Great, the celebrated ancient ruler, contributes to the name's lasting legacy and widespread appeal.

Boy name variations

How Popular Is The Name Cyrus

Family name origins & meanings


Polish: possibly from the personal name Cyrus, derived from the Greek form, Kyros, of the name of several kings of Persia. The origin of the name is not known, but in the early Christian period it was associated with Greek kyrios "lord", and borne by various saints, including an Egyptian martyr and a bishop of Carthage.

American: possibly an Americanized spelling of the Greek family name Kyros, from the personal name (see 1 above).


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Cyrus in Pop Culture

Do you know these fictional characters that share this first name?

  • Cyrus Beene from Scandal - A shrewd and manipulative political operative.
  • Cyrus Lupo from Law & Order - A dedicated and analytical NYPD detective.
  • Cyrus Rose from Gossip Girl - The kind and loving stepfather of Blair Waldorf.
  • Cyrus from Pokémon - The ambitious and enigmatic leader of Team Galactic.
  • Cyrus Goodman from Andi Mack - A sensitive and caring teenager navigating middle school challenges.

Popularity of the Name Cyrus

According to the Social Security Administration data, Cyrus has experienced fluctuating popularity over the years. While it is not currently in the top 50, it remains a unique and classic choice.

Historically, the name is associated with Cyrus the Great, the founder of the Achaemenid Empire in ancient Persia, who is renowned for his achievements in human rights and military strategy. The name has also found its way into popular culture, with notable bearers including actor Cyrus Arnold and musician Miley Cyrus, whose last name draws inspiration from her famous father, Billy Ray Cyrus. Fictional characters named Cyrus appear in various media, such as the character Cyrus Beene in the series Scandal and Cyrus Gold, also known as Solomon Grundy, in DC Comics.

Where Is the Name Cyrus Popular?

This name is most popular across certain states in the U.S., including those highlighted on the map below.

Nicknames for Cyrus

These shortened names can make great nicknames for your baby.

  • Cy
  • Ry
  • Russ

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