English form of the name (Greek Hyakinthos) borne in classical mythology by a beautiful youth who was accidentally killed by Apollo and from whose blood sprang a flower bearing his name (not the modern hyacinth, but a type of dark lily). The name was later borne by various early saints, principally one martyred in the 3rd century with his brother Protus. This encouraged its use as a male name in Christian Europe, including, occasionally, Britain. However, in Britain at the end of the 19th century there was a vogue for coining new girls' names from vocabulary words denoting plants and flowers (e.g. Daisy, Ivy). Hyacinth accordingly came to be regarded exclusively as a girl's name. It has never been common, and in the 1990s came to be associated with the character of the domineering snob Hyacinth Bucket in the British TV comedy series Keeping Up Appearances.