Sidney - boys name

Sidney name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 96%

Sidney name meaning:

The name Sidney is commonly used as a unisex name, but it originated as a masculine name in medieval England. It is derived from the Old English words "sīde," meaning "wide," and "īeġ," meaning "island" or "meadow." This suggests that the name originally referred to someone who lived near a wide meadow or an expansive island. Over time, Sidney became a surname, and eventually, it started being used as a given name for both boys and girls.

As a girl's name, Sidney carries a strong and independent connotation. It embodies qualities such as confidence, intelligence, and ambition. Girls named Sidney often tend to be free-spirited and have a desire to explore the world around them. They are known for their adaptability and ability to thrive in various environments. Sidney is a name that carries a sense of individuality and uniqueness, as it is not as common for girls as it is for boys. Overall, the name Sidney for a girl represents a strong and determined personality, embracing the meaning behind its historical roots.

Origin: French

Form of Sydney. From city of St. Denis.


Surnames, Unisex names

Related names

Sydney , Cidney, Cydnee, Cydney , Kurtis , Sidney

Other boys names beginning with S


Overall UK ranking: 168 out of 4789

319 recorded births last year

Change in rank

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    Regional popularity

    Ranking for this name in various UK regions

  • Scotland (720)

Historical popularity of Sidney

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