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Quick Facts on Sidney

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English, French
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 961
Simple meaning:
Wide riverside meadow

Characteristics of Sidney

  • Dependable
  • Solid
  • Practical
  • Hard-working
  • Industrious
  • Studious
  • Conservative

Etymology & Historical Origin - Sidney

Sidney is the transferred use of a Norman-French surname thought to be derived from a medieval baronial family name “Saint-Denis” (St. Denis being one of the patron saints of France). Alternately, Sidney is also believed to be derived from an English surname originating as a place name. The Old English words “sīdan” and “ēg” together indicated a “wide riverside meadow” which would have described the landscape in Surrey England. Evidence indicates that the Sydney/Sidney surnames have been used as given names in England since the 1700’s perhaps owing to a famous English nobleman/politician, Algernon Sidney, who got caught up in the English Civil Wars (1642-1651) revolving around King Charles I to Oliver Cromwell to the reinstatement of the monarchy with the return of Charles II. Sidney was tried for treason on shaky evidence and executed under King Charles II for apparently plotting against the king. He was later venerated as a patriot, a hero and a political martyr. Sidney’s extensive writings influenced evolving political thought in 18th century Britain and Colonial America. Furthermore, the name Sidney gained considerable popularity in the 1800’s, probably influenced by the Charles Dickens’s character Sydney Carton from “A Tale of Two Cities” (1859). Both Sidney and Sydney have mostly been considered masculine names in all English-speaking countries until the 1980’s when North America commandeered the name for little girls. The name could also be considered a “place name” referring to Sydney, Australia (often erroneously spelled Sidney).

Popularity of the Name Sidney

As a unisex name Sidney has had quite an interesting history in the United States. For one, the name dates back to the late 19th century for both genders; although it was generally more popular for little boys. For instance, during the early 20th century, Sidney was often a Top 100 name choice for little boys, while for girls, the name was barely clinging to the charts. In fact, usage of Sidney for females pretty much went out of circulations for 40 years during the 1950s through the 1980s. Then suddenly the name reappeared for baby girls in 1990 and in less than five years surpassed the popularity of the male Sidney. Now Sidney is up for grabs. Without a doubt, though, the name has become largely feminized here in America. For instance, Sydney and Sydnee are two new variations that can only be found on the female Top 1000 list. What’s funny about Sidney is that for little boys it feels like a sweetly old-fashioned name; but for little girls it feels trendy, hip and modern.
Popularity of the Boy Name Sidney
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Sidney

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Sidney

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Sidney

    Sydney Carton (Tale of Two Cities) Sydney Carton is one of the protagonists in Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, which takes place before and during the French Revolution of the 18th century. He is a dissolute lawyer and a wastrel, bitter, cynical and seemingly without merit. His polar opposite is Charles Darnay, the French aristocrat married to Lucie Manette, who is falsely accused of treason, sentenced to death and imprisoned in Paris. It is the profoundly moving experience of his unrequited love for Lucie (Darnay’s wife) which brings forth in Carton the hitherto unseen noble aspect of his nature. In a stirring reversal of fortune, Carton exchanges places with his look-alike, Darnay, and goes to the guillotine in his stead, prompting one of the most quoted lines in literature: “It is a far, far better thing I do than I have ever done…” Carton’s redemption and resurrection are symbolically represented by the child of Darnay and Lucie, whom they name Sydney for him.

  • Popular Songs on Sidney

    Popular Songs on Sidney

    Sidney - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Sidney.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Sidney

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Sidney

    Sarah Bear & Sweet Sidney (Nancy Patz) - Sweet Sidney wakes up and begins to prepare eagerly for spring's arrival, but Sarah Bear insists it's still too dark and cold. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Sidney & Norman: A Tale of Two Pigs (Phil Vischer) - Two very different pigs learn an important lesson about God's perfect love. A stirring story and lovely illustrations create a multi-layered tale that is both charming and thought-provoking. Sidney & Norman uses the simple context of two pigs living next door to each other to communicate a profound truth about how we judge each other and often judge ourselves. On the surface, Sidney & Norman appears to be a picture book that will entertain kids. But this story has deeply moved adult audiences as well and can help us reconsider how much God loves us and how we love each other. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Sidney Rella and the Glass Sneaker (Bernice Myers) - In this Cinderella spoof, Sidney Rella becomes a football player with a little help from his fairy godfather.Sidney Rella is left with the chores while his parents go to work and his brothers try out for the football team. Sidney's great wish is to be on that team. Enter his fairy godfather, who makes short shrift of the chores and sends Sidney off to try-outs. He succeeds, and on the day of the big game, his fairy godfather waves him off…read it to see how it ends! Recommended for ages uncertain.

    Sidney Saidso: the Miss Know-It-All Girl (April Lee Turner) - In the first book of the Sidney Saidso series, you meet a young girl who thinks she knows it all. Sidney is constantly being bossy, taking other students things, and correcting everyone's mistakes. When her friends are finally tired of her ways, Sidney learns the true meaning of being the Miss-Know-It All Girl. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Sidney the Little Blue Elephant (Sharon Rentta) - Sidney's got a secret. He can't ride a bicycle. All his friends can do it, how hard can it be? But when he tries it's Crash! Thump! Splosh! all the way. Just when Sidney's ready to give up, his friends come running to his rescue, and soon he discovers that with their help, even an elephant can ride a bicycle! This first book in the popular "Sidney the Little Blue Elephant" series is now available as a board book. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Sidney the Silly Who Only Eats 6 (M. W. Penn) - King Sidney is silly, he only eats 6, but the time comes when Chef Brolly puts his foot down and Sidney must find a way to get what he wants without driving everyone in the palace crazy! Join Sidney as he learns about compromise and develops his own creative solutions to the problems he faces. This unique book combines math and poetry in a way that will appeal to children and adults alike. The story introduces a number of basic math concepts making it equally compelling as a bedtime story, or as an educational picture book in any Elementary classroom. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Sidney Won't Swim (Hilde Schurmanns) - Sidney's class is about to have its first swimming lesson, but Sidney can't possibly go swimming. He has a tummy-ache. He forgot his swimming bag. He could turn into a monster if he gets wet! Sidney just knows that swimming is dumb and boring. But maybe he's just the tiniest bit afraid? Sympathetic, comical text and adorable illustrations make this tale of a familiar childhood struggle impossible to resist. Children big and small will giggle at Sidney's creative attempts to escape and share in his ultimate triumph. Recommended for ages 3-6.

  • Famous People Named Sidney

    Famous People Named Sidney

    Famous People Named Sidney - Sidney Poitier (actor); Sidney Lumet (film director); Sidney Sheldon (author); Sidney Crosby (hockey player); Sid Vicious (British musician); Sidney Bechet (jazz musician)

  • Children of Famous People Named Sidney

    Children of Famous People Named Sidney

    Famous People Who Named Their Child Sidney - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Sidney.

  • Historic Figures

    Sidney - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Sidney - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Sidney.

Personality of the Boy Name Sidney

The number Four personality is marked by stability and discipline. This is the personality that follows the rules and is conservative by nature.  They have an earth-bound energy that prefers to build things methodically on top of firm foundations; they don't cut corners. Fours take their time and don't like to be hurried. But the outcome of their endeavors is likely to result in some strong and useful structure, which makes them great engineers and inventors. Fours are anything but frivolous or controversial. This is a trustworthy, straight-forward personality that embodies dedication and organization. They are the backbone and anchor in their relationships, careers and communities. They are tidy, punctual, and full of integrity. Hard-work comes naturally to a Four and they are immensely reliable. This is the personality you can always count on.

Variations of the Baby Name - Sidney

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