Celebrity Baby Name – Cyrus Michael Christopher

Actress Claire Danes and her husband Hugh Dancy recently welcomed their first child, a baby boy named Cyrus Michael Christopher Dancy.

Most of the articles/blog posts I’ve read have called the name Cyrus “unusual.”

I suppose it is, numbers-wise. Cyrus has never been a very common name in the U.S., though it’s become more popular in the last decade.

But by celebrity baby name standards? Not so much. Cyrus is vintage-unusual, not bizarre-unusual. More like Enoch, Harmon, Otto, Florian and Lambert than like Sparrow, Jermasjesty, Moroccan, Nakoa-Wolf and Bronx.

In terms of etymology, Cyrus can be traced back to Kyros, the Greek form of the Old Persian name Kurus or Kurush, of unknown etymology.

How do you feel about the name Cyrus? (Is it possible for you to put aside the Miley Cyrus association?)

2 thoughts on “Celebrity Baby Name – Cyrus Michael Christopher

  1. I know it’s my upbringing, but I have a hard time understanding how the name of an Old Testament Persian king is unusual.

  2. I like it – it’s underused rather than unusual, really. I think the whole name together sounds really elegant, and I think that stands out when most boy’s names at the moment tend to be pedestrian or blunt (or even brutal).

    I actually didn’t connect it to Miley Cyrus until you said it. I doubt she was the inspiration, somehow!

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