Sidney

First Name
106k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Sidney

"Sidney" is a name of French origin, and it means "Contraction of St. Denys". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

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  1. English poet (1554-1586)
Wiktionary

A habitational surname derived from a place Saint-Denis in France ( see Dennis), and from a place in Surrey, Old English sīdan (“wide”) + ēg (“river island”) .

  1. A surname​.
  2. A male given name, transferred from the surname. Used since the 18th century; diminutive Sid.
  3. A female given name, twentieth century usage, more often in the spelling Sydney.

Sidney was also found in the following language(s): Portuguese

Notable Persons Named Sidney

Desiigner is a hip hop music rapping. He has had major accomplishments since 2015. Desiigner was given the name Sidney Selby III in Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.

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Sir Sidney Poitier is an actor, director, author, and diplomat. He was most active from 1947 to 2001. Sidney was born on February 20th, 1927 in Miami, Florida, U.S.

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Sidney Crosby is a hockey player for the Pittsburgh Penguins in the National Hockey League. He was most prominent from 2005 to present. Sidney was born on August 7th, 1987 in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia.

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Sidney Lumet was a director, producer, screenwriter, and actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1939 to 2007. Sidney was given the name Sidney Arthur Lumet by his parent Baruch Lumet on June 25th, 1924 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. He passed away on April 9th, 2011.

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Sidney Sheldon was a crime fiction and thriller (genre) writer. His career lasted from 1969 to 2007. Sidney was given the name Sidney Schechtel on February 11th, 1917 in Chicago. He left this life on January 30th, 2007.

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Sidney Blumenthal is a journalist, activist, and political aide. Sidney was given the name Sidney Stone Blumenthal on November 6th, 1948 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Sidney

Sylvia Sidney was an actress. Her career lasted from 1926 to 1998. Sylvia was given the name Sophia Kosow on August 8th, 1910 in The Bronx, New York, U.S. She died on July 1st, 1999.

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Sir Philip Sidney was a noble. Philip was born as the child of Henry Sidney and Mary Dudley on November 30th, 1554 in Penshurst Place, Kent, England. He died on October 17th, 1586.

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Algernon Sidney was a philosopher. Algernon was born in 1623 in Baynard's Castle, London, England. He breathed his last breath in 1683.

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She holds the title Baroness De L'Isle and Dudley. Sophia was born as the child of William IV of the United Kingdom and Dorothea Jordan on March 4th, 1795 in Somerset Street, London, England. She breathed her last breath on April 10th, 1837.

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The Viscount De L'Isle was a Governor-General of Australia. His military service ended in 1944. The was given the name William Philip Sidney on May 23rd, 1909 in Chelsea, London. He passed away on April 5th, 1991.

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George was born on October 4th, 1916 in Long Island City, New York, U.S. He left this life on May 5th, 2002.

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How popular is the baby name Sidney in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 158 16 142 #95 boy name
1881 145 16 129 #97 boy name
1882 155 9 146 #99 boy name
1883 174 9 165 #86 boy name
1884 153 11 142
1885 180 10 170 #88 boy name
1886 165 10 155 #100 boy name
1887 152 8 144
1888 178 10 168
1889 159 15 144
1890 191 15 176 #100 boy name
1891 135 22 113
1892 191 17 174
1893 180 17 163
1894 179 11 168
1895 196 18 178
1896 194 18 176
1897 171 22 149
1898 189 18 171
1899 156 12 144
1900 241 23 218
1901 151 17 134
1902 203 28 175
1903 181 19 162
1904 222 21 201
1905 213 17 196
1906 225 16 209
1907 220 20 200
1908 277 24 253
1909 245 12 233
1910 367 14 353 #93 boy name
1911 457 24 433 #92 boy name
1912 1,029 26 1,003 #80 boy name
1913 1,116 43 1,073 #89 boy name
1914 1,376 39 1,337 #89 boy name
1915 1,678 63 1,615 #94 boy name
1916 1,713 54 1,659 #95 boy name
1917 1,782 55 1,727 #95 boy name
1918 1,938 60 1,878 #94 boy name
1919 1,776 60 1,716 #95 boy name
1920 1,664 54 1,610
1921 1,648 61 1,587
1922 1,670 51 1,619
1923 1,606 62 1,544
1924 1,561 58 1,503
1925 1,389 44 1,345
1926 1,419 69 1,350
1927 1,434 54 1,380
1928 1,266 60 1,206
1929 1,114 55 1,059
1930 1,121 48 1,073
1931 988 48 940
1932 1,015 57 958
1933 1,025 77 948
1934 1,009 78 931
1935 1,067 93 974
1936 1,032 81 951
1937 966 63 903
1938 964 89 875
1939 924 63 861
1940 1,001 74 927
1941 974 83 891
1942 1,116 116 1,000
1943 1,153 137 1,016
1944 986 85 901
1945 918 89 829
1946 1,101 90 1,011
1947 1,214 116 1,098
1948 1,063 73 990
1949 1,034 88 946
1950 1,155 78 1,077
1951 1,125 97 1,028
1952 1,128 109 1,019
1953 1,104 89 1,015
1954 1,115 94 1,021
1955 1,114 92 1,022
1956 1,036 81 955
1957 927 86 841
1958 920 94 826
1959 897 72 825
1960 943 92 851
1961 898 57 841
1962 838 59 779
1963 737 65 672
1964 788 57 731
1965 694 53 641
1966 679 66 613
1967 645 54 591
1968 611 37 574
1969 579 32 547
1970 553 39 514
1971 475 29 446
1972 494 34 460
1973 408 25 383
1974 394 29 365
1975 388 41 347
1976 367 23 344
1977 385 40 345
1978 333 36 297
1979 354 31 323
1980 383 30 353
1981 376 41 335
1982 383 50 333
1983 380 50 330
1984 374 64 310
1985 434 83 351
1986 386 75 311
1987 417 95 322
1988 464 123 341
1989 515 170 345
1990 574 207 367
1991 708 325 383
1992 752 366 386
1993 821 420 401
1994 962 568 394
1995 1,294 883 411
1996 1,203 828 375
1997 1,391 1,008 383
1998 1,515 1,141 374
1999 1,571 1,218 353
2000 1,554 1,221 333
2001 1,368 1,053 315
2002 1,213 939 274
2003 1,236 951 285
2004 1,103 836 267
2005 1,056 834 222
2006 1,000 745 255
2007 922 668 254
2008 852 583 269
2009 824 570 254
2010 690 431 259
2011 643 412 231
2012 547 322 225
2013 492 282 210
2014 460 293 167
2015 448 268 180
2016 454 258 196

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Popularity of Sidney as a first name

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Popularity of Sidney as a last name

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Common last names for Sidney

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Jones
  • Brown
  • Williams
  • Davis
  • Miller
  • Cohen
  • Harris
  • White
  • Taylor
  • Jackson
  • Wilson
  • Lewis
  • Schwartz
  • Allen
  • Martin
  • Green

Common first names for Sidney

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Sidney U.S.
  White 32.33% 64.26%
  African American 60.28% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.07% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.25% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.37% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.69% 16.26%

Of Last Name Sidney

People with the last name Sidney are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Sidney

  • How Popular is the name Sidney? Sidney is the 620th most popular name of all time. As a last name Sidney was the 13,578th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Sidney have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 106,102 babies born with the first name Sidney in the United States. That's more than enough people named Sidney to occupy the country of Grenada with an estimated population of 105,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Sidney? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 158 new born babies.
  • When was Sidney first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Sidney is Sunday, October 31st, 1830.
  • What year had the most people named Sidney born? The highest recorded use of the first name Sidney was in 1918 with a total of 1,878 babies. That's a lot of babies named Sidney!
  • Random Sidney Factoid: According to the 1923 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Sidney ranks 86th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Maryland. Imagine that, 24 babies in Maryland have the same name as you in 1923.
  • Weird things about the name Sidney: Your name in reverse order is Yendis. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Idysne. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Sidney? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,233 people with the last name Sidney.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Sidney? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Sidney as their last name since less than 1 person in 132k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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