Sydney Name Meaning

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Fact: Sydney city is home to the iconic Sydney Opera House, a UNESCO World Heritage site designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon.

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A Deep Dive

Sydney Overview

Meaning

Wide meadow

Gender

Girl, Gender-neutral

Origin

Old English, French

Etymology

Derived from Old English “sīdan” meaning “wide” and “ieg” meaning “island” or from the French place name “Saint-Denis.”

Religion

Christianity

Pronunciation

/ˈsɪdni/

Popularity

Sydney is popular in English-speaking countries, often associated with the famous Australian city. Recently ranked #306 in the USA (2023 data).

Syllable

2 syllables

Length

6 letters

Numerology

11 (Intuitive, Idealistic, Spiritual)

Name Styles

Modern, Cool, Popular

Associated Traits

Independent, creative, energetic, adventurous

Spiritual, Religious, or Cultural Significance

Associated with Saint Denis, the patron saint of Paris, and the Australian city known for its cultural vibrancy.

Name Day

October 9th
A Deep Dive

Sydney Variations in Different Cultures

Popular Variations

Sidney, Cydney, Sydnee, Sidnie, Sydni, Sidnee, Sydne, Sidny, Sydny, Cydnei

Common Nicknames

Syd, Sid, Cindy, Cici, Cece, Nee, Nene, Sinnie, Sisi, Synnie, Sydnie

Diminutives

Syd, Sid, Cindy, Cici, Cece, Nee, Nee Nee, Nene, Sinnie, Sisi

Famous People

  • Sydney Poitier
    (Bahamian-American Actor)
  • Sydney Crosby
    (Canadian Hockey Player)
  • Sydney Pollack
    (American Director)
  • Sydney Sweeney
    (American Actress)
  • Sydney McLaughlin
    (American Athlete)

Pop Culture Icons and Works

  • Sydney Bristow
    ("Alias," TV Series)
  • Sydney Carton
    ("A Tale of Two Cities," Novel)
  • Sydney Fox
    ("Relic Hunter," TV Series)
  • Sydney Andrews
    ("Melrose Place," TV Series)
  • Sydney Graham
    ("Parenthood," TV Series)

Places

  • Sydney City
    (New South Wales, Australia)
  • Sydney City
    (Nova Scotia, Canada)
  • Sydney Town
    (North Dakota, USA)
  • Sydney-on-Vaal Town
    (Northern Cape, South Africa)
  • Sydney Village
    (Tanna, Vanuatu)

What Is the Meaning of Sydney?

The name Sydney means “wide meadow” or “wide island.” It can also mean “Saint Denis,” referring to a third-century Parisian martyr and bishop. Ones with the name Sydney are often seen as intelligent, creative, and independent​.

What Is the Origin of The Name Sydney?

Sydney has both French and Old English origins. It is derived from the French place name Saint-Denis and the Old English word elements “sīd” (wide) and “ieg” (island).

Sydney Name Popularity

Popularity Chart of the Name Sydney in the U.S. over the Years

United States flagUnited States#2492021#2712022#3062023
Top 3 Rankings#231999#232000#232001

Annual Statistics Breakdown for Sydney

YearName RankingNumber of BirthsBirth Rate (%)
2023306
(-35 from 2022)
1001
(-167 from 2022)
0.05723
2022271
(-22 from 2021)
1168
(-63 from 2021)
0.06514
2021249
(-8 from 2020)
1231
(-13 from 2020)
0.06871
2020241
(-44 from 2019)
1244
(-289 from 2019)
0.07037
2019197
(-33 from 2018)
1533
(-224 from 2018)
0.08355
2018164
(-18 from 2017)
1757
(-256 from 2017)
0.09448
2017146
(-11 from 2016)
2013
(-309 from 2016)
0.10656
2016135
(-13 from 2015)
2322
(-338 from 2015)
0.11995
2015122
(-13 from 2014)
2660
(-194 from 2014)
0.13635
2014109
(-11 from 2013)
2854
(-322 from 2013)
0.14589
201398
(-20 from 2012)
3176
(-280 from 2012)
0.16476
201278
(-13 from 2011)
3456
(-517 from 2011)
0.17819
201165
(-5 from 2010)
3973
(-362 from 2010)
0.20504
201060
(-12 from 2009)
4335
(-723 from 2009)
0.22110
200948
(+1 from 2008)
5058
(-205 from 2008)
0.24977
200849
(-12 from 2007)
5263
(-768 from 2007)
0.25268
200737
(-3 from 2006)
6031
(-485 from 2006)
0.28495
200634
(-4 from 2005)
6516
(-860 from 2005)
0.31169
200530
(-3 from 2004)
7376
(-992 from 2004)
0.36343
200427
(-2 from 2003)
8368
(-543 from 2003)
0.41471
200325
(-2 from 2002)
8911
(-123 from 2002)
0.44412
200223
No change from 2001
9034
(-605 from 2001)
0.45741
200123
No change from 2000
9639
(-604 from 2000)
0.48659
200023
No change from 1999
10243
(+594 from 1999)
0.51324
199923
(+5 from 1998)
9649
(+1097 from 1998)
0.49563
199828
(+7 from 1997)
8552
(+520 from 1997)
0.44116
199735
(+4 from 1996)
8032
(+773 from 1996)
0.42069
199639
(+4 from 1995)
7259
(-101 from 1995)
0.37862
199543
(+33 from 1994)
7360
(+2623 from 1994)
0.38302
199476
(+30 from 1993)
4737
(+1687 from 1993)
0.24300
1993106
(+18 from 1992)
3050
(+342 from 1992)
0.15470
1992124
(+10 from 1991)
2708
(+328 from 1991)
0.13508
1991134
(+16 from 1990)
2380
(+352 from 1990)
0.11704
1990150
(+80 from 1989)
2028
(+835 from 1989)
0.09871
1989230
(+45 from 1988)
1193
(+279 from 1988)
0.05988
1988275
(+90 from 1987)
914
(+263 from 1987)
0.04753
1987365
(+101 from 1986)
651
(+189 from 1986)
0.03473
1986466
(+13 from 1985)
462
(+23 from 1985)
0.02503
1985479
(+145 from 1984)
439
(+155 from 1984)
0.02378
1984624
(+164 from 1983)
284
(+83 from 1983)
0.01575
1983788
(+170 from 1982)
201
(+46 from 1982)
0.01123
1982958
(-4 from 1981)
155
(+1 from 1981)
0.00854
1981954
(+129 from 1980)
154
(+24 from 1980)
0.00861
19801083
(+79 from 1979)
130
(+16 from 1979)
0.00730
19791162
(-8 from 1978)
114
(+4 from 1978)
0.00662
19781154
(+149 from 1977)
110
(+21 from 1977)
0.00669
19771303
(-281 from 1976)
89
(-33 from 1976)
0.00541
19761022
(+208 from 1975)
122
(+29 from 1975)
0.00776
19751230
(+542 from 1974)
93
(+43 from 1974)
0.00596
19741772
(-276 from 1973)
50
(-13 from 1973)
0.00319
19731496
(-254 from 1972)
63
(-21 from 1972)
0.00405
19721242
(-117 from 1971)
84
(-20 from 1971)
0.00521
19711125
(+8 from 1970)
104
(+1 from 1970)
0.00593
19701133
(-67 from 1969)
103
(-3 from 1969)
0.00562
19691066
(-35 from 1968)
106
(+5 from 1968)
0.00601
19681031
(-126 from 1967)
101
(-27 from 1967)
0.00591
1967905
(-146 from 1966)
128
(-39 from 1966)
0.00746
1966759
(+8 from 1965)
167
No change from 1965
0.00951
1965767
(+37 from 1964)
167
(-2 from 1964)
0.00914
1964804
(+34 from 1963)
169
(+14 from 1963)
0.00863
1963838
(+243 from 1962)
155
(+55 from 1962)
0.00780
19621081
(-124 from 1961)
100
(-27 from 1961)
0.00493
1961957
(-14 from 1960)
127
(-1 from 1960)
0.00611
1960943
(-52 from 1959)
128
(-8 from 1959)
0.00615
1959891
(+121 from 1958)
136
(+31 from 1958)
0.00654
19581012
(-61 from 1957)
105
(-12 from 1957)
0.00508
1957951
(-27 from 1956)
117
(-3 from 1956)
0.00558
1956924
(-85 from 1955)
120
(-14 from 1955)
0.00583
1955839
(-57 from 1954)
134
(-9 from 1954)
0.00668
1954782
(-46 from 1953)
143
(-10 from 1953)
0.00718
1953736
(-133 from 1952)
153
(-54 from 1952)
0.00793
1952603
(-5 from 1951)
207
(+1 from 1951)
0.01088
1951598
(-3 from 1950)
206
(+4 from 1950)
0.01115
1950595
(+29 from 1949)
202
(+26 from 1949)
0.01149
1949624
(+96 from 1948)
176
(+39 from 1948)
0.01003
1948720
(+10 from 1947)
137
No change from 1947
0.00786
1947730
(-89 from 1946)
137
(-15 from 1946)
0.00754
1946641
(-7 from 1945)
152
(+20 from 1945)
0.00942
1945634
(-23 from 1944)
132
(-13 from 1944)
0.00981
1944611
(-68 from 1943)
145
(-45 from 1943)
0.01061
1943543
(-2 from 1942)
190
(+3 from 1942)
0.01324
1942541
(-4 from 1941)
187
(+16 from 1941)
0.01345
1941537
(+215 from 1940)
171
(+86 from 1940)
0.01372
1940752
(+23 from 1939)
85
(+8 from 1939)
0.00720
1939775
(-38 from 1938)
77
(-10 from 1938)
0.00679
1938737
(-24 from 1937)
87
(-4 from 1937)
0.00762
1937713
(-41 from 1936)
91
(-6 from 1936)
0.00826
1936672
(+16 from 1935)
97
(+3 from 1935)
0.00900
1935688
(-28 from 1934)
94
(-9 from 1934)
0.00865
1934660
(-27 from 1933)
103
(-4 from 1933)
0.00952
1933633
(+168 from 1932)
107
(+35 from 1932)
0.01023
1932801
(+303 from 1931)
72
(+31 from 1931)
0.00651
19311104
(+330 from 1930)
41
(+12 from 1930)
0.00371
19301434
(-128 from 1929)
29
(-4 from 1929)
0.00249
19291306
(+196 from 1928)
33
(+5 from 1928)
0.00285
19281502
(-224 from 1927)
28
(-10 from 1927)
0.00234
19271278
(+605 from 1926)
38
(+17 from 1926)
0.00307
19261883
(-183 from 1925)
21
(-4 from 1925)
0.00171
19251700
(-260 from 1924)
25
(-8 from 1924)
0.00198
19241440
(-282 from 1923)
33
(-11 from 1923)
0.00255
19231158
(+350 from 1922)
44
(+14 from 1922)
0.00351
19221508
(+257 from 1921)
30
(+6 from 1921)
0.00240
19211765
(-295 from 1920)
24
(-6 from 1920)
0.00188
19201470
(-293 from 1919)
30
(-10 from 1919)
0.00241
19191177
(-75 from 1918)
40
(-4 from 1918)
0.00341
19181102
(+179 from 1917)
44
(+12 from 1917)
0.00366
19171281
(-154 from 1916)
32
(-7 from 1916)
0.00285
19161127
(+240 from 1915)
39
(+12 from 1915)
0.00359
19151367
(-64 from 1914)
27
(+4 from 1914)
0.00264
19141303
(-74 from 1913)
23
(+2 from 1913)
0.00289
19131229
(+391 from 1912)
21
(+9 from 1912)
0.00321
19121620
(-248 from 1911)
12
No change from 1911
0.00205
19111372
(-201 from 1910)
12
(-3 from 1910)
0.00272
19101171
(-156 from 1909)
15
(-1 from 1909)
0.00358
19091015
(+246 from 1908)
16
(+5 from 1908)
0.00435
19081261
(+378 from 1907)
11
(+4 from 1907)
0.00310
19071639
(+88 from 1906)
7
(+1 from 1906)
0.00207
19061727
(-930 from 1905)
6
(-15 from 1905)
0.00191
1905797
(+862 from 1904)
21
(+15 from 1904)
0.00678
19041659
(+133 from 1903)
6
(+1 from 1903)
0.00205
19031792
(+1 from 1902)
5
No change from 1902
0.00180
19021793
(-454 from 1901)
5
(-2 from 1901)
0.00178
19011339
(+55 from 1899)
7
(+1 from 1899)
0.00275
19000
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18991394
(+189 from 1896)
6
(+1 from 1896)
0.00242
18980
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18970
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18961583
(-305 from 1892)
5
(-1 from 1892)
0.00198
18950
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18940
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18930
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18921278
(-68 from 1890)
6
No change from 1890
0.00267
18910
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18901210
(-74 from 1888)
6
No change from 1888
0.00298
18890
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18881136
(-308 from 1886)
6
(-2 from 1886)
0.00317
18870
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
1886828
First SSA data recorded
8
First SSA data recorded
0.00520
18850
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18840
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18830
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18820
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18810
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18800
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000

American States Popularity Rankings for Sydney

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Number of Births )

California (CA)

California (CA) flagCalifornia (CA)#2992021#3052022#3102023

Texas (TX)

Texas (TX) flagTexas (TX)#4212021#4202022#4782023

Ohio (OH)

Ohio (OH) flagOhio (OH)#2882021#2622022#3292023

New York (NY)

New York (NY) flagNew York (NY)#1662021#2212022#3152023

Illinois (IL)

Illinois (IL) flagIllinois (IL)#2462021#2102022#3472023

Florida (FL)

Florida (FL) flagFlorida (FL)#3512021#3642022#3502023

Pennsylvania (PA)

Pennsylvania (PA) flagPennsylvania (PA)#1802021#2152022#2132023

Michigan (MI)

Michigan (MI) flagMichigan (MI)#2792021#3152022#2412023

Georgia (GA)

Georgia (GA) flagGeorgia (GA)#1952021#3262022#2682023

North Carolina (NC)

North Carolina (NC) flagNorth Carolina (NC)#2232021#2392022#3442023

Virginia (VA)

Virginia (VA) flagVirginia (VA)#2482021#2202022#2492023

Indiana (IN)

Indiana (IN) flagIndiana (IN)#4062021#3032022#4412023

Missouri (MO)

Missouri (MO) flagMissouri (MO)#2832021#2792022#3212023

Washington (WA)

Washington (WA) flagWashington (WA)#2202021#2102022#1952023

Tennessee (TN)

Tennessee (TN) flagTennessee (TN)#2872021#2672022#4382023

Minnesota (MN)

Minnesota (MN) flagMinnesota (MN)#1952021#2132022#1882023

New Jersey (NJ)

New Jersey (NJ) flagNew Jersey (NJ)#2282021#1422022#2682023

Maryland (MD)

Maryland (MD) flagMaryland (MD)#2452021#2332022#4042023

Wisconsin (WI)

Wisconsin (WI) flagWisconsin (WI)#2282021#2562022#3002023

Massachusetts (MA)

Massachusetts (MA) flagMassachusetts (MA)#1082021#1802022#1672023

Colorado (CO)

Colorado (CO) flagColorado (CO)#2202021#2222022#2232023

Kentucky (KY)

Kentucky (KY) flagKentucky (KY)#3092021#4172022#6402023

Arizona (AZ)

Arizona (AZ) flagArizona (AZ)#2222021#3012022#8312023

Utah (UT)

Utah (UT) flagUtah (UT)#4052021#2402022#2562023

Alabama (AL)

Alabama (AL) flagAlabama (AL)#4802021#3272022#4402023

Iowa (IA)

Iowa (IA) flagIowa (IA)#2672021#4342022#2702023

Louisiana (LA)

Louisiana (LA) flagLouisiana (LA)#3172021#9612022#4662023

South Carolina (SC)

South Carolina (SC) flagSouth Carolina (SC)#2132021#3712022#3072023

Oregon (OR)

Oregon (OR) flagOregon (OR)#2632021#4032022#2412023

Kansas (KS)

Kansas (KS) flagKansas (KS)#2852021#2082022#2852023

Oklahoma (OK)

Oklahoma (OK) flagOklahoma (OK)#5382021#6102022#4212023

Connecticut (CT)

Connecticut (CT) flagConnecticut (CT)#1302021#1632022#2132023

Arkansas (AR)

Arkansas (AR) flagArkansas (AR)#2932019#4752020#2842021

Nebraska (NE)

Nebraska (NE) flagNebraska (NE)#3972020#4092021#3482022

Mississippi (MS)

Mississippi (MS) flagMississippi (MS)#4112021#3992022#6472023

Nevada (NV)

Nevada (NV) flagNevada (NV)#4382019#3782021#2282023

West Virginia (WV)

West Virginia (WV) flagWest Virginia (WV)#2672020#2742021#1192022

Idaho (ID)

Idaho (ID) flagIdaho (ID)#4352020#2712021#1892022

New Hampshire (NH)

New Hampshire (NH) flagNew Hampshire (NH)#1812021#2082022#1942023

District of Columbia (DC)

District of Columbia (DC) flagDistrict of Columbia (DC)#1672021#1242022#1102023

South Dakota (SD)

South Dakota (SD) flagSouth Dakota (SD)#2022019#2052021#1992022

Maine (ME)

Maine (ME) flagMaine (ME)#1842017#2142018#1702020

New Mexico (NM)

New Mexico (NM) flagNew Mexico (NM)#4312018#3332019#3842022

Rhode Island (RI)

Rhode Island (RI) flagRhode Island (RI)#2372021#1732022#2052023

North Dakota (ND)

North Dakota (ND) flagNorth Dakota (ND)#1732018#2032019#2042021

Delaware (DE)

Delaware (DE) flagDelaware (DE)#1792017#1782018#1692019

Montana (MT)

Montana (MT) flagMontana (MT)#1192014#1732015#1942016

Hawaii (HI)

Hawaii (HI) flagHawaii (HI)#1692018#2302021#1142022

Alaska (AK)

Alaska (AK) flagAlaska (AK)#2192016#1612017#1772022

Vermont (VT)

Vermont (VT) flagVermont (VT)#1272015#1132016#982018

Wyoming (WY)

Wyoming (WY) flagWyoming (WY)#912012#1002013#382014

Popularity Rankings for Sydney in other Countries and American Territories

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Rankings)

Popularity in Canada

Canada flagCanada#2562021#2002022#3122023

Popularity in New Zealand

New Zealand flagNew Zealand#2902009#4062010#2812015

Popularity in Scotland

Scotland flagScotland#3882003#3612006#4062019

Popularity in Germany

Germany flagGermany#4332012#3762013#4982014

Popularity in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland flagNorthern Ireland#4132007

Popularity in England and Wales

England and Wales flagEngland and Wales#4242019#4722020#4312021

Popularity in Ireland

Ireland flagIreland#8682016#4362018#9052022

Popularity in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico flagPuerto Rico#5242001

Popularity in Quebec, Canada

Quebec, Canada flagQuebec, Canada#5422020#6642021#6772022

Source: Social Security Administration (SSA) and Other National Sources

Is Sydney a Name for Boys or Girls?

Sydney is a unisex name, though it has become more commonly used for girls in recent years.

Variants, Nicknames, Diminutives, and Ideal Middle Names for Sydney

  • Sidney
  • Cydney
  • Sydnee
  • Sidnie
  • Sydni
  • Sidnee
  • Sydne
  • Sidny
  • Sydny
  • Cydnei
  • Syd
  • Sid
  • Cindy
  • Cici
  • Cece
  • Nee
  • Nene
  • Sinnie
  • Sisi
  • Synnie
  • Sydnie
  • Syd
  • Sid
  • Cindy
  • Cici
  • Cece
  • Nee
  • Nee Nee
  • Nene
  • Sinnie
  • Sisi

Sydney in Famous People Names, Pop Culture, and Places

  • Sydney Poitier (Actor, 1927-2022): An iconic Bahamian-American actor and director who was the first African-American to win an Academy Award for Best Actor.
  • Sydney Crosby (Hockey Player, born 1987): A Canadian professional ice hockey player considered one of the greatest in the sport, known for his time with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
  • Sydney Pollack (Director, 1934-2008): An American film director, producer, and actor who won an Academy Award for Best Director for "Out of Africa."
  • Sydney Sweeney (Actress, born 1997): An American actress known for her roles in TV series such as "Euphoria" and "The Handmaid's Tale."
  • Sydney McLaughlin (Athlete, born 1999): An American track and field athlete who holds the world record in the women's 400 meters hurdles and is an Olympic gold medalist.
  • Sydney Greenstreet (Actor, 1879-1954): A British-American actor known for his roles in classic films like "The Maltese Falcon" and "Casablanca."
  • Sydney Leroux (Soccer Player, born 1990): A Canadian-American soccer player who has played for the United States women's national soccer team.
  • Sydney Tamiia Poitier (Actress, born 1973): An American actress and daughter of Sidney Poitier, known for her roles in "Grindhouse" and "Death Proof."
  • Sydney Omarr (Astrologer, 1926-2003): An American astrologer and author known for his syndicated newspaper columns and annual horoscope books.
  • Sydney Penny (Actress, born 1971): An American actress known for her roles in soap operas like "All My Children" and "The Bold and the Beautiful."
  • Sydney Bristow ("Alias," 2001 TV Series): A secret agent working for the CIA and a double agent within a criminal organization.
  • Sydney Carton ("A Tale of Two Cities," 1859 Novel): A lawyer who sacrifices himself for his love, Lucie Manette.
  • Sydney Fox ("Relic Hunter," 1999 TV Series): A professor and archaeologist who searches for ancient artifacts.
  • Sydney Andrews ("Melrose Place," 1992 TV Series): A character involved in various dramatic storylines in the popular soap opera.
  • Sydney Graham ("Parenthood," 2010 TV Series): A young girl dealing with family dynamics in this comedy-drama series.
  • Sydney Novak ("I Am Not Okay With This," 2020 TV Series): A teenager grappling with her emerging superpowers and personal issues.
  • Sydney Wade ("The American President," 1995 Film): The love interest of the President in this romantic comedy-drama.
  • Sydney Shanowski ("Hope & Faith," 2003 TV Series): The eldest daughter in a comedic family setting.
  • Sydney Sage ("Bloodlines," 2011 Book Series): A character from Richelle Mead’s series, part of a secret group that protects the vampire world.
  • Sydney Drew ("Power Rangers S.P.D.," 2005 TV Series): The Pink Ranger known for her superpowers.
  • Sydney ("The Pretender," 1996 TV Series): A key character who helps the protagonist uncover his past.
  • Sydney Reynolds ("Sydney to the Max," 2019 TV Series): A young girl navigating middle school while living with her dad and grandma.
  • Sydney Skelley ("Ready Jet Go!," 2016 TV Series): A supporting character in the children’s animated series.
  • Sydney White ("Sydney White," 2007 Film): A modern retelling of Snow White set in a college environment.
  • Sydney Losstarot ("Vagrant Story," 2000 Video Game): A central character in this action role-playing game.
  • Sydney Stanford ("Saint Anything," 2015 Novel): The main character in Sarah Dessen’s young adult novel.
  • Sydney City, New South Wales, Australia: The largest city in Australia, known for iconic landmarks like the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.
  • Sydney City, Nova Scotia, Canada: Located on Cape Breton Island, known for its revitalized waterfront and historical significance as a former coal and steel town.
  • Sydney Town, North Dakota, USA: A small, nearly abandoned town south of Jamestown, known for its old grain elevator.
  • Sydney-on-Vaal Town, Northern Cape, South Africa: A small, dry town on the Vaal River, once connected to diamond mining operations.
  • Sydney Village, Tanna, Vanuatu: A village in the Tafea region, known for traditional thatched huts and proximity to Mount Tukosmera.

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