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Boy Name: Sidney

Name: Sidney
Pronunciation: \s(i)-dney, sid-ney\
Gender / Sex: boy name boy (Sidney's also a girl name)
Meaning: wide meadow
Origin: English
Sounds Like: Stoney, Sidonio, Stone
Variant forms: Sid, Syd, Sydney
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 274
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 10979


Sidney \s(i)-dney, sid-ney\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's name Sidney), is pronounced SID-nee. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Sidney is "wide meadow". Also possibly from the Norman French place name Saint Denis. Used as given name in the 18th century and popular in the 19th. Sidney is favored for boys; Sydney is almost entirely used for girls. See also Cydney. Author Sidney Sheldon; film director Sydney Pollack; actor Sidney Poiter.

Sidney has 3 variant forms: Sid, Syd and Sydney.

Baby names that sound like Sidney are Stoney, Sidonio and Stone.

View a list of the 3 names that reference Sidney.


Sidney is a very popular first name for men (#274 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for both men and women (#10979 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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