Sydney: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Sydney
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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I've been a female Sydney for more than 65 years . . . I can tell you that growing up, I used the reactions of people hearing my name to judge them . . . they were either worldly and sophisticated or they didn't get out much . . . Now I can hear people calling little girls "Sydney" and know that it took a long time . . .but now it's a popular name . . . I always enjoyed being a Sydney . . . Just notice the character types in TV shows and movies who have that name . . They are SOPHISTICATED, SEXY and SAAVY . . . so GO FOR IT.
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I have been a Sydney since 1973 when no girls had this name. I only knew of one woman with the name and still remember her - a zookeeper at the San Diego Zoo. Sydney Donahue I think - in case you are out there! I loved growing up with a totally original name and didn't mind being call Mr since it's a boys name!
it is a family name for us the orginal holder was my Great Grand mother named after her father, now my daughter has it - being passed through the family as a family name. it keeps popping up but rarely with the female line - my Sydney is proud to be sydney and will not be syd or any othe version. With a cool surname she is truly a sydney - you will always be remembered. great name.
I'm Sydney and have like my name for the most part; it's a little frustrating as a small child or in a noisy bar or in a foreign country to introduce yourself as Sydney and get "Cindy?" back repeatedly. There are some people who just seem unable to say it at all. That being said, it is a unique name and I have had compliments on my name my entire life. I have always hated when people try to call me Syd, and it is forever being misspelled as Sidney, but now that I am married and have a more bland last name, I'm glad my first name gave me a unique quality.
I knew a girl called Sydney and she copped so much flac for it (she was living in Brisbane at the time). In Australia, Sydney is not used for a name of a child, just the place. It's also they case with Adelaide and Victoria, they sound really bogan
^that is only the case in Australia, similar to how names like Brooklyn and Bronx are generally perceived as trashy here in the US. Although I know for a fact that Victoria was named after the queen, and I'm pretty sure Adelaide was named after someone too. So they were names of women before they were names of places, similar to Georgia and Carolina.
Back in fifth grade my best friend's name was Sydney. :)
- Nicknames for Sydney: | Edit
Syd, Sydie, Nyd, Niddy, skidney, siddy baby, sidly widly, Syd-Syd, Sydibell, Syd-O, Squid, Sid Vicious, Idney
- Meanings and history of the name Sydney: | Edit
Comes from St Denis in Paris and from the Hebrew meaning Enticier
This is now often used as a place-derived name, honoring Sydney, Australia
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Sydney Bristow: Lead character in the TV show "Alias", played by Jennifer Garner
Sydney Ellen Wade: Co-lead character in the movie "The American President", played by Annette Bening
"Sydney White": film starring Amanda Bynes as Sydney
Sydney Prescott: Lead character in the movie "Scream", played by Neve Campbell
Sydney Sage: A character in Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy Series and the protagonist in her following series Bloodlines.