Sydney

First Name
175k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
749
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meanings and Origins

What does the name Sydney mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Sydney

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

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The largest Australian city located in southeastern Australia on the Tasman Sea; state capital of New South Wales; Australia's chief port
Wiktionary

From the French Saint-Denis.

  1. (countable) A surname​, a spelling variant of Sidney.
  2. (countable) A male given name transferred from the surname.
  3. (countable) A female given name transferred from the surname.
  4. (uncountable) A seaport and the state capital of New South Wales in Australia.
  5. (uncountable) A seaport and former city, now part of the amalgamated Cape Breton Regional Municipality on Cape Breton Island in the province of Nova Scotia in Canada.
  6. Dharuk, an Aboriginal language of Australia.

Sydney was also found in the following language(s): Catalan, French, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, and Slovene

Notable Persons Named Sydney

Sydney Pollack was an actor, producer, and director. He was most active from 1950 to 2008. Sydney was given the name Sydney Irwin Pollack on July 1st, 1934 in Lafayette, Indiana. He died on May 26th, 2008.

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Syd tha Kyd is a hip hop music and neo soul lead vocalist, record producer, and disc jockey. They plays Synthesizer, Reason (software), and Vocals. They were most active from 2007 to present. Syd was given the name Sydney Bennett on April 23rd, 1992. Syd is also known as Sydney, Syd, and Frisco.

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Sydney Tamiia Poitier is an actress. Her career lasted from 1998 to 1998. Sydney was born as the child of Sidney Poitier and Joanna Shimkus on November 15th, 1973 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. Sydney is also known as Sydney Tamiia Poitier and Sydney Poitier.

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Sydney Park is an actress, comedian, and actor. She was most prominent from 2003 to present. Sydney was born on October 31st, 1997 in Philadelphia.

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Sydney Greenstreet was an actor. He was most active from 1902 to 1951. Sydney was given the name Sydney Hughes Greenstreet on December 27th, 1879 in Sandwich, Kent, England, UK. He left this life on January 18th, 1954.

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Sydney Penny is an actress. She has had major accomplishments since 1979. Sydney was given the name Sydney Margaret Penny on August 7th, 1971 in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Sydney

Kevin Sydney is a comics character.

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The Viscount Sydney was an office holder. The was born on February 24th, 1733 in Raynham, Norfolk. He breathed his last breath on June 30th, 1800.

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Basil Sydney was an actor. His career lasted from 1920 to 1964. Basil was born on April 23rd, 1894 in St Osyth. He breathed his last breath on January 10th, 1968.

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Robin Sydney is an actress. She was most prominent from 2000 to present. Robin was given the name Robin Sydney Heymsfield on January 4th, 1984 in Boulder, Colorado, U.S.

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Lady Morgan Sydney was a novelist and governess. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1804 to present. Lady was given the name Sydney Owenson on December 25th, 1781 in Either Dublin, Ireland or the Irish Sea. She died on April 14th, 1859.

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Joan Sydney is an actor and actress. She has had major accomplishments since 1968. Joan was born on September 5th, 1936 in London, England, United Kingdom.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 12 0 12
1881 6 0 6
1882 10 0 10
1883 11 0 11
1884 13 0 13
1885 25 0 25
1886 18 8 10
1887 14 0 14
1888 24 6 18
1889 18 0 18
1890 17 6 11
1891 8 0 8
1892 21 6 15
1893 23 0 23
1894 21 0 21
1895 24 0 24
1896 21 5 16
1897 15 0 15
1898 11 0 11
1899 23 6 17
1900 13 0 13
1901 20 7 13
1902 18 5 13
1903 28 5 23
1904 34 6 28
1905 49 21 28
1906 26 6 20
1907 27 7 20
1908 39 11 28
1909 45 16 29
1910 57 15 42
1911 66 12 54
1912 127 12 115
1913 166 21 145
1914 203 23 180
1915 199 27 172
1916 244 39 205
1917 212 32 180
1918 231 44 187
1919 201 40 161
1920 207 30 177
1921 193 24 169
1922 191 30 161
1923 178 44 134
1924 160 33 127
1925 154 25 129
1926 134 21 113
1927 150 38 112
1928 125 28 97
1929 123 33 90
1930 111 29 82
1931 116 41 75
1932 167 72 95
1933 194 107 87
1934 183 103 80
1935 173 94 79
1936 179 97 82
1937 184 91 93
1938 162 87 75
1939 156 77 79
1940 153 85 68
1941 255 171 84
1942 287 187 100
1943 266 190 76
1944 225 146 79
1945 220 132 88
1946 229 152 77
1947 223 137 86
1948 208 137 71
1949 262 176 86
1950 280 202 78
1951 266 206 60
1952 268 208 60
1953 229 152 77
1954 199 143 56
1955 184 134 50
1956 187 120 67
1957 169 117 52
1958 173 105 68
1959 198 136 62
1960 180 128 52
1961 185 127 58
1962 152 100 52
1963 208 155 53
1964 235 169 66
1965 217 167 50
1966 210 168 42
1967 184 128 56
1968 147 102 45
1969 140 108 32
1970 165 105 60
1971 144 104 40
1972 124 84 40
1973 95 64 31
1974 86 50 36
1975 121 93 28
1976 149 122 27
1977 127 90 37
1978 143 109 34
1979 137 112 25
1980 157 130 27
1981 194 155 39
1982 209 155 54
1983 230 200 30
1984 324 285 39
1985 473 438 35
1986 503 461 42
1987 701 651 50
1988 971 914 57
1989 1,275 1,193 82
1990 2,104 2,028 76
1991 2,456 2,380 76
1992 2,800 2,708 92
1993 3,164 3,050 114
1994 4,823 4,737 86 #76 girl name
1995 7,462 7,359 103 #43 girl name
1996 7,386 7,258 128 #39 girl name
1997 8,148 8,031 117 #35 girl name
1998 8,666 8,550 116 #28 girl name
1999 9,757 9,648 109 #23 girl name
2000 10,367 10,242 125 #23 girl name
2001 9,746 9,637 109 #23 girl name
2002 9,108 9,032 76 #23 girl name
2003 8,987 8,910 77 #25 girl name
2004 8,465 8,364 101 #27 girl name
2005 7,451 7,375 76 #30 girl name
2006 6,586 6,513 73 #34 girl name
2007 6,095 6,029 66 #37 girl name
2008 5,340 5,259 81 #49 girl name
2009 5,113 5,054 59 #48 girl name
2010 4,403 4,330 73 #60 girl name
2011 4,036 3,970 66 #65 girl name
2012 3,504 3,451 53 #78 girl name
2013 3,222 3,171 51 #98 girl name
2014 2,900 2,850 50
2015 2,702 2,653 49
2016 2,355 2,309 46

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Popularity of Sydney as a first name

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Popularity of Sydney as a last name

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Common last names for Sydney

  • Smith
  • Brown
  • Johnson
  • Jones
  • Cohen
  • Williams
  • Miller
  • Harris
  • Davis
  • Wilson
  • Green
  • Taylor
  • Robinson
  • Jackson
  • Goldberg
  • Hall
  • Morris
  • Levine

Common first names for Sydney

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Sydney U.S.
  White 44.99% 64.26%
  African American 44.06% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 3.47% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.67% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.07% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.74% 16.26%

Of Last Name Sydney

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

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Fun Facts about the name Sydney

  • How Popular is the name Sydney? Sydney is the 409th most popular name of all time. As a last name Sydney was the 31,001st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Sydney have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 175,393 babies born with the first name Sydney in the United States. That's more than enough people named Sydney to occupy the country of Sao Tome and Principe with an estimated population of 172,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Sydney? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 12 new born babies.
  • When was Sydney first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Sydney is Saturday, January 29th, 1870.
  • What year had the most people named Sydney born? The highest recorded use of the first name Sydney was in 2000 with a total of 10,242 babies. That's a lot of babies named Sydney!
  • Random Sydney Factoid: According to the 1999 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Sydney ranks 29th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Arizona. Imagine that, 160 babies in Arizona have the same name as you in 1999.
  • Weird things about the name Sydney: Your name in reverse order is Yendys. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Syedyn. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Sydney? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 749 people with the last name Sydney.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Sydney? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Sydney as their last name since less than 1 person in 400k 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.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.