[ 3 syll. hya-cin-(t)(h), hy-aci-nth ] The baby girl name Hyacinth is also used as a boy name. It is pronounced in English as HHAY-ah-SihN-TH †. Hyacinth is of Old Greek origin and it is used mainly in English. It is derived from the word hyakinthos with the meaning 'hyacinth'.
The name was borne in Greek mythology by a beautiful young man beloved by the god Apollo, who was accidentally killed by a discus thrown by the latter. Apollo made a flower, the hyacinth, from his spilled blood, and stained it with his tears of grief. The mythological flower is more likely to be the violet Iris rather than the modern day Hyacinth. The name was borne by several early saints, notably the 3rd-century Saint Hyacinth, who was martyred under the persecution of Valerian I together his brother Protus. The name became popular among Christians in both continental Europe and England. In 19th century England, there was a period of enthusiasm for female flower names, which led to the English form of the name to lose its appeal as a masculine given name. In the 1990s, the name gained a boost from the eccentric leading character Hyacinth Bucket in the British sitcom Keeping Up Appearances (1990-1995).
Hyacinth has 20 forms that are used in English and foreign languages. English forms of the name include Cintha, Cinthia, Cinthie, Cinthy, Hyacintha, Hyacinthe (also used in French), Hyacinthea, Hyacinthia, Hyacinthie, Hyacynth, Hyacyntha, Hyacynthe, Hycinth, Hycynth, Jacynth, and Jakinda.
Hyacinth is not often used as a baby girl name. It is not in the top 1000 names.
† Pronunciation for Hyacinth: HH as in "he (HH.IY)" ; AY as in "side (S.AY.D)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; S as in "see (S.IY)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; TH as in "theme (TH.IY.M)"