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What does Sidney mean?

Sidney Pronunciation of Sidney as a boys' name (also used more commonly as girls' name Sidney) is pronounced SID-nee. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Sidney is "wide meadow". Also possibly from the Norman French place name Saint Denis. Used as given name in the 18th century and popular in the 19th. Sidney is favored for boys; Sydney is almost entirely used for girls. See also Cydney. Author Sidney Sheldon; film director Sydney Pollack; actor Sidney Poiter.


ASSOCIATED WITH old english, meadow, norman, saint, 18th century, popular (famous), 19th century


VARIANTS Sid, Syd, Sydney




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How popular is Sidney?

Sidney is a very popular first name for males (#274 out of 1220, Top 22%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#13685 out of 150436, Top 9%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Sidney reached its peak rank of #91 in the U.S. during 1910-1919, and is currently at #1155. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Sid and Sydney are the prominent related forms of Sidney (#1155 IN 2018) listed in the Top 2000. Adoption of these forms of Sidney reached its most widespread in the 1910s (ADOPTION OF 0.2%) and is now much diminished, with forms like Sydney becoming less stylish.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Sidney, Sid, Sydney in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Sidney and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended sound-alike names are Adney, Andrey, Beirney (see Burney), Birkey, Birley, Birney, Bodey, Bradney, Chaney, Cheney, Claney, Codey, Coney, Dabney, Dudley, Finley, Finnley, Gilbey, Gridley, Hedley, Jimmey, Jodey, Kenney, Kinney, Kinsey, Kirbey (see Kirby), Kodey, Laddey, Lindley, Linley, Mickey, Mikey, Ondrey, Pitney, Radley, Rickey, Ridley, Ripley, Risley, Rodney, Rooney, Rudey, Sadler, Sedgely, Sedgley, Seeley, Sergey, Shandey (see Shandy), Shandy, Shane, Shanley, Shipley, Sidonio, Signe, Signy, Simen, Sivney, Skinner, Smedley, Smokey, Sonny, Spider, Stacey, Stanek, Stone, Stones, Stoney, Sunney, Sunny, Sweeney, Tiarney, Tierney, Toney, Verney and Volney. These names tend to be less frequently used than Sidney.

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