Sidney: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Sidney

Sidney

Pronunciation: SID-nee (key)

Origin of the name Sydney:

Transferred use of the surname originating as a Norman baronial name taken from the place-name St. Denis in Normandy. Alternatively, the name arose independently in England and is derived from the Old English elements sīd (extensive, wide) and ieg (island in a river, riverside meadow). The name was indicative of one who dwelled on or near the wide, riverside meadow, or from the wide island.

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The people posting on the Sydney girl's name page are a bunch of silly liars. Sidney is the male spelling of the name, and is constantly misspelled with a y. Also Sidney in scream is an i, not a y. Those butts. It is certainly unique, only met one other female Sidney in my life and it was long ago and far away. Also, annoyingly confused with "Cindy" quite a bit, but easy to correct by saying "like Australia!!" Sure it pains me to use that barbaric spelling, but usually these situations do not call for spelling. Plus that's an easy fix- "Like Australia, but with an I!!" So far only like 2 people in my life have been stupid enough to take this direction and spell my name "Sydnei." I mean, really?

Personal experiences with the name Sidney: | Edit

I love my name. It is unique AND it's easy to say Sid when giving a name at a restaurant or starbucks and not have it be messed up- very good combo. People on the Sydney page saying they will never go by Syd/Sid is dumb. Sid is a great nickname! Short, simple, easy to rhyme, easy to create more nicknames with, way cooler than most lady nicknames in my opinion. Only issue is it is very similar to "sit," sometimes that causes confusion. Particularly in dog parks. I love having a name not many other people have! If the Sydneys think they have it rough finding other female Sydneys, I don't know what rock they're hiding under. I have met a ton of female Sydneys over the years, maybe one female Sidney. But I kinda like it. Sure, I have received many a letter and email addressed to Mr. Sidney, but I don't mind at all. It can be an issue for job applications and the like, but I just put "Ms." on my resume and that cleared right up. For the most part. I was named after my great grandfather, and he was a pretty sweet dude. I find myself commonly identifying with famous male Sidney's anyway, since they are awesome- Sidney Poitier, Sidney Bechet, Sid from toy story, Sidney from pokemon, Sidvicious, uh... Sidney crosby.... john sidney mccain? When the only famous female Sidneys you have are the chick from Scream and a little girl from Little House on the Prairie, you make do.

Nicknames for Sidney: | Edit

Squidney, Sid, Squid, Sidbob, Sidvicious, Sidvish, Siddlydiddly, Sidviscous, Skidney, Siddy Baby, Sidney Pie

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Famous real-life people named Sidney: | Edit

Sidney Greenbush, one of the twins playing Carrie on "Little House on the Prairie."

Sidney in song, story & screen: | Edit

Sidney Prescott, the main protagonist in the Scream films.

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