who do you know named Cyrus?

honoring by naming people

I often think that an indication of how honored a person is can be determined by how many people are named after him/her.

For some reason Alexander is a more common name than Cyrus.

There must be more, but the only one who comes to mind is Cyrus Gordon (ז”ל).

Along the same lines, I’ve long been curious as to what time in Jewish history Jews stopped naming their sons Ishmael. After all, his name was not uncommon in the earliest rabbinic period: the original’s namesake gave his name to the 13 hermeneutical principles. Aside from the past hundred years or so (when it seems pretty obvious), why did this name drop out of Jewish usage?