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Quick Facts on Sydney

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, French
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 98
Simple meaning:
Well-watered land

Characteristics of Sydney

  • Inspirational
  • Highly Intuitive
  • Spiritual Teacher
  • Extremely Bright
  • Uplifting
  • Truth-seeker

Etymology & Historical Origin - Sydney

Sydney is a variation of Sidney both of which are the transferred use of an early Norman surname said to be derived from the baronial family name “Saint-Denis” (patron saint of France; see the name Dennis for more details). Originally rendered as “de Sancto Deonise” circa early 12th century, the surname would eventually be fused into Sidney/Sydney centuries later. Many scholars believe the original surname bearer was King Henry II’s chamberlain (a high ranking member of the king’s court who oversaw management of the monarch’s household). Sydney and Sidney may have also developed from an Anglo-Saxon surname derived from a place name; from the Olde English “sīdan” (side) and “iēg” (island), a surname assigned to a man “dwelling by the well-watered land” (for instance, the wide riverside meadow describing the landscape in Surrey England). Evidence indicates that the Sydney/Sidney has been in use in England as a masculine given name since the 1700’s but gained considerable popularity in the 1800’s, probably influenced by the Charles Dickens’s character Sydney Carton from “A Tale of Two Cities” (1859). Sydney has been primarily used for boys in the English-speaking world until the 1980’s when North America commandeered the name for little girls. Sydney is also considered a “place name” in reference to Sydney, Australia, which was named after the 1st British Earl Sydney (1733-1800). The New South Wales capital city of Sydney sits on the Tasman Sea; apropos, a well-watered land! Today Sydney is mainly a female name popular in both Canada and the United States.

Popularity of the Name Sydney

Sydney has traditionally been considered a male name, then a unisex name, and now, today, it’s almost exclusively given to little girls. For boys in America, the name was basically sent into obscurity after the 1940’s. Parents picked up the name for little girls in the 1980’s and it has persistently increased in popularity since then. For girls, the name Sydney hit the Top 100 in 1994 and into the Top 50 the very next year. It’s actually more popular in Canada for girls than in America, but these are the only two English-speaking nations to have the name on its Top 100 list. In America, Sydney reached the peak of its popularity between the years 1999 and 2002. Today, it appears to be slipping in status ever so slightly. We’ll have to wait and see if this trend continues. The name’s recent success definitely mirrors American parent’s interest in androgynous sounding names for their little daughters.
Popularity of the Girl Name Sydney
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Sydney

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Sydney

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Sydney

    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 Sydney

    Popular Songs on Sydney

    Sydney - a song by Halifax

    Sydney - a song by Puddle of Mudd

    Sydney Tonight - a song by Watashi-Wa

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Sydney

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Sydney

    Otis & Sydney and the Best Birthday Ever (Laura Numeroff) - Otis is a fuzzy little bear in green overalls. So is Sydney. They soon discovered that they have much in common. Best friends forever, Otis decides to throw Sydney a surprise birthday party. Out go the invites, in come the candles, and up go the balloons. A misprint on the invitations, however, prevents anyone from attending. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Sydney's DC Discovery (Jean Fischer) - Sydney and Elizabeth are on-site in the nation’s capital when odd happenings occur at the Vietnam Memorial. The Camp Club Girls jump into action. They use their special skills to tackle an adventure that leads them not only to Baltimore’s Ft. McHenry, but also to the heart of a terrorist travesty! Can they decipher the clues and save the president before the dawn’s early light? Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Sydney's Star (Peter H. Reynolds) - This is a tale of a spunky young mouse. Inspired by a star in the night sky, clever Sydney decides to build her very own remote-controlled star. The crowd cheers when she launches her creation at the school science fair, where she hopes to land the prize of a telescope, but "suddenly the remote control made a rude burping sound, and the star started floating away." Crestfallen, star-less Sydney makes her way home, walking along a beach in the rain. Meanwhile, out at sea, her star comes to the rescue of a lost boat captained by a woman scientist, guiding it through the storm to the safety of shore. Rendered in watercolor, gouache and tea, the artwork captures the comically mercurial moods of this endearing heroine, quite the shimmering star herself. Ages 4-8.

    Sydney's Vampire Diary: Freshman Year (Lory Alison) - Imagine finding a diary from 1984 and realizing that the fourteen-year-old author was the object of desire for "real" vampires... Freshman Year, Sydney, goes from geek to chic when she makes cheerleader for the first time. As she falls in love with a super sweet, hot new guy, Lane, she must try to forget the horror of Ethan, the "vampire" who almost destroyed her the year before. We're not talking about those immortal, blood-sucking, TWILIGHT vampires - no, not those...but every bit as gorgeous, sexy and evil. They lurk in every high school disguised as handsome students...preying on innocent girls. They are soul-sucking predators...they are the REAL vampires, they have the power and they know it. Just when it looks like Sydney's dreams are coming true, the most powerful "vampire" in her school, Knox Duke, becomes interested in her. That's when the danger and thrills begin! Recommended reading for young adults.

  • Famous People Named Sydney

    Famous People Named Sydney

    Famous People Named Sydney - Sydney Brenner (Nobel laureate in medicine); Sydney Penny (actress); Sydney Pollack (director/actor)

  • Children of Famous People Named Sydney

    Children of Famous People Named Sydney

    Famous People who Named their Child Sydney - Boomer Esiason (football player); Charles Dickens (novelist); Charlie Chaplin (director/actor); John McCain (politician); O.J. Simpson (notorious person); Pat Kennedy Lawford (heiress/philanthropist); Sidney Poitier (actor)

  • Historic Figures

    Sydney - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Girl Name Sydney

The number 11 is a Master Number, and embodies heightened traits of the Two. This personality is on a life journey to find spiritual truth. They are extremely idealistic and intuitive. Elevens have a rare and exceptional spiritual energy that brings a sense of obligation to illuminate the world around them. It's a very powerful responsibility, but these people have far more potential than they know. It's important that they surrender to higher ideals. They have the capacity to see the bigger picture, and they possess the skills to inspire others spiritually. Elevens have strong diplomatic skills and can become great peacemakers. Master numbers can be both a blessing and a curse, as they walk the fine line between greatness and the potential for self-destruction.

Variations of the Baby Name - Sydney

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