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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Sykes

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  • A submission from Australia says the name Sykes means "Prince of God".
  • According to a user from United Kingdom, the name Sykes is of English origin and means "Sykes Name Meaning. English (mainly Yorkshire): topographic name for someone who lived by a stream in a marsh or in a hollow, from Middle English syke 'marshy stream', 'damp gully', or a habitational name from one of the places named with this word, in Lancashire and West Yorkshire.".
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International Interest
  1. plural of syke

Notable Persons Named Sykes

Smith Ballew was a popular music, jazz, country music, and western (genre) vocalist, musician, orchestra leader, film actor, singing, orchestra, and actor. He plays Vocals. He was most active from 1930 to 1930. Smith was given the name Sykes Ballew on January 21st, 1902 in Palestine, Texas. Smith is also known as Ballew and Sykes. He left this life on May 2nd, 1984.


Sykes Reed is a basketball player. Sykes was born on December 14th, 1904 in Braddock, Pennsylvania.


Sykes Garro is an athlete for the Lions Gibraltar F.C.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Sykes

Wanda Sykes is a comedian. Wanda was born on March 7th, 1964 in Portsmouth, Virginia, U.S.


Oliver Sykes is a musician. Oliver was given the name Oliver Scott Sykes on November 20th, 1986 in Ashford, Kent, England. Oliver is also known as Oli Sykes.


Nathan Sykes is a pop music, contemporary r&b, and electronic dance music musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 2003 to present. Nathan was given the name Nathan James Sykes on April 18th, 1993 in Gloucester, England, United Kingdom. Nathan is also known as Nath.


Melanie Sykes is a television and radio presenter and model. Melanie was given the name Melanie Ann Sykes on August 7th, 1970 in Mossley.


Timothy was born in 1981 in Orange, Connecticut.


John Sykes is a hard rock and heavy metal music musician and songwriter. He plays Guitar, Gibson Les Paul, and Vocals. He was most prominent from 1980 to present. John was given the name John James Sykes on July 29th, 1959 in Reading, Berkshire.


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International Interest for Sykes

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Popularity in the US

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Popularity of Sykes as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Sykes U.S.
  White 54.03% 64.26%
  African American 40.82% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.40% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.33% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.44% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.99% 16.26%

Of Last Name Sykes

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

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Fun Facts about the name Sykes

  • How Popular is the name Sykes? As a last name Sykes was the 1,276th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Sykes first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Sykes is Friday, October 8th, 1880.
  • How unique is the name Sykes? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Sykes. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Sykes: Your name in reverse order is Sekys. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Syske. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Sykes? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 27,546 people with the last name Sykes.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Sykes? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 9 of them will have Sykes as their last name.

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