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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



Sydney Ashlynn (S.A.), ..

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. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Sydney reached its highest position of #23 in the U.S. in 2002, and is at #165 currently. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

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?

Cydney, Sidney (#1130 IN 2018), Sydelle, Sydnee, Sydni and Sydnie are the prominent alternative forms of Sydney (#165) appearing in the Top 2000. These forms of Sydney reached the top of their popularity in the year 2000 (MEDIAN #716) and have become significantly less popular since (#1613, 83.7%).

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 and Cydnee. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Addey, Adley, Audrey, Bianey, Bonney, Bridney, Briney, Cadey, Codey, Cordney, Dabney, Danney, Dodey, Hedley, Honey, Janey, Janney, Jenney, Jodey, Kodey, Kordney (see Courtney), Kyley, Ladey, Lainey, Laney, Lynley, Lynnzey, Marney, Rainey, Rayney, Romney, Sade, Sadee, Sadye, Saidey, Sanny, Saydie, Selbey, Shanay, Shanea, Shanel, Shaney, Shantey, Shene, Sherey, Shone, Sidony, Signe, Sindy, Sinty, Sissey, Sivney, Sokey, Stacey, Stasey, Stevey, Stine, Sudie, Sukey, Sunnee, Swanny, Sybel, Sydell, Sydona, Sydonah (see Sidonia), Sydonia, Synda, Syndee, Syndie, Syndy, Taney, Tawney and Toney. These names tend to be less frequently used than Sydney.

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