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What does Sydney mean?

Sydney Pronunciation of Sydney 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH old english, saint


VARIANTS Cydney, Cydnie, Sidnee, Sidney, Sidnie, Sydel, Sydelle, Sydnee, Sydni, Sydnie

RELATIONS VIA SIDNEY Siddeny, Sideny, Sidni

MASCULINE FORMS Cyd, Cydney, Sidney



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How popular is Sydney?

Sydney is a very prominent first name for women (#1011 out of 4276, Top 24%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#35797 out of 150436, Top 24%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Sydney reached its peak position of #23 in the U.S. in the year 2002, and is currently at #135. (2016 BIRTH STATISTICS)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Sydney name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Sydney outside U.S.

Which version is better?

Sidney (#1015 FROM CURRENT RECORDS), Sydnee (#1915), Cydney, Sydelle, Sydni and Sydnie are the popular variation forms of Sydney (#135) rated in the Top 2000. Usage of these relations of Sydney was widespread in 2000 (MEDIAN #716) and has become significantly diminished since (#1580, DOWN 81%), with forms like Sydni falling out of fashion.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Sydney, Cydney, Sidney, Sydelle, Sydnee in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Sydni, Sydnie in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Sydney outside U.S.

Similar Names

Sydney is alike in pronunciation to Cidney, Cydnee, Cydney, Cydnie, Sidnee, Sidney, Sidni, Sidnie, Sydnee, Sydni and Sydnie. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Audrey, Bianey, Bonney, Bridney, Briney, Cadey, Codey, Cordney, Dabney, Danney, Dodey, Hedley, Honey, Janey, Janney, Jodey, Kodey, Kyley, Ladey, Lainey, Laney, Lynley, Lynnzey, Marney, Rainey, Rayney, Romney, Sade, Sadye, Saidey, Sanny, Saydie, Selbey, Shanea, Shanel, Shaney, Shantey, Shene, Sherey, Shone, Siddeny (see Sidney), Sideny, Sidony, Signe, Sindy, Sinty, Sissey, Sivney, Stacey, Stasey, Stevey, Stine, Sudie, Sukey, Sunnee, Swanny, Sydel, Sydona, Sydonah (see Sidonia), Sydonia, Syndee, Syndy, Taney and Toney. These names tend to be less frequently used than Sydney.