What does the baby name Sydney mean? Learn about what Sydney means, its history & origin, popularity in our random name database, pronunciation, similar names, nicknames & spelling variations.

Sydney - Name Meaning, Origin & Popularity

Spelling of Sydney
S-Y-D-N-E-Y, is a 6-letter male given name.
Pronunciation of Sydney
SID nee
Meaning of Sydney
Wide meadow, contraction of st. denys, from a large island.
Origin of Sydney
The name 'Sydney' has its origins in Old English. It is derived from the Old English place name 'Sīþiġe', which means 'wide island' or 'wide meadow'. The name originally referred to a settlement located near a wide expanse of water or a large grassy area.
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Popularity of Sydney
The name 'Sydney' has experienced varying levels of popularity throughout history. It gained prominence as a given name for boys in the late 19th century and remained moderately popular until the mid-20th century. However, its popularity declined in the latter half of the 20th century.
Sydney currently has 1 like, and is in the top 14% of liked boy's names. The name Adom is slightly more popular than Sydney.

Etymology of Sydney

The etymology of the name 'Sydney' can be traced back to its Old English roots. The first element, 'sīþ', means 'wide' or 'spacious', while the second element, 'iġe', refers to an island or meadow. When combined, the name 'Sydney' can be interpreted as 'wide island' or 'wide meadow'.

Cultural Significance of Sydney

The name 'Sydney' does not hold significant cultural significance in any particular culture. However, it is associated with the city of Sydney in Australia, which is a major cultural and economic hub. The name may evoke images of the city's iconic landmarks, such as the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.