What does Sydney mean?
Sydney /syd-ney/ as a girls' name (also used less commonly as boys' name Sydney) is pronounced SIHD-nee. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Sydney is "wide island". Also possibly place name: Saint Denis. Sidney is favored as a name for boys, and Sydney is almost entirely used for girls, probably due to influence in the 1980s from madam/celebrity Sydney Biddle Barrows.
How popular is Sydney?
Sydney is a very prominent first name for women (#1011 out of 4276, Top 24%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#35797 out of 150436, Top 24%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Sydney for girls. Sydney entered the list in 1930-1939 and reached its highest position of #23 in the U.S. in 2002, and is at #109 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of the girl name Sydney and related names. Cydney, Sidney (#915 in 2014), Sydnee, Sydni and Sydnie are the prominent alternative forms of Sydney (#109 in 2014) appearing in the Top 1000. These forms of Sydney reached the top of their popularity in the year 2000 (median #502) and are somewhat less popular today (#837, ▼67.3%). Sydney has been the most prevalent, while Sidney, Sydnee, Sydni and Sydnie used to be popular. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Sydney▲ is alike in pronunciation to Cidney, Cydnee and Sidneigh. Other suggested similar baby names are Sadina, Sadona, Sedona, Sedonah, Sedonia, Shaney, Sidaine, Sidonia, Sidonie, Sidony, Sivney, Stina, Stine, Sydona, Sydonah, Sydonia and Syndy. These names tend to be less frequently used than Sydney.