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Updated February 8, 2024

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Girl name origins & meanings

  • French : From Saint-Denis

What Does Sydney Mean and Stand For? 

The name Sydney is a variation of the French name Sidney, meaning from Saint-Denis. Saint-Denis is a city north of Paris. It was traditionally a boy's name that has since become a popular gender-neutral and unisex option.


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Boy name origins & meanings

  • English : From Sidon

Boy name variations

How Popular Is The Name Sydney

Family name origins & meanings

  • English : variant spelling of Sidney.

What Does the Name Sydney Mean? 

Sydney is a gender-neutral name of French origin, meaning from from the French city of Saint-Denis. It is a modern variation of the name Sidney. Whilst Sidney was primarily a boys' name, Sydney is more popular as a girls' name. 

The name Sydney can also be a reference to the Australian city of the same name. 

How Popular is the Name Sydney? 

Sydney is the #249 most popular girls' name in the U.S., according to 2021 Social Security Administration data. It does not rank in the top 1,000 as a boys' name.

It was a top baby name name in the early 2000s, ranking #23 for the years 2000-2002. However, it ranks #15 on 

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Sydney was at its peak popularity in August 2021. 

Popularity of the Name Sydney in the United States 

Sydney was searched for most often in the following states: 

  • Hawaii
  • District of Columbia 
  • Nebraska 
  • Virginia
  • California 

Famous People Named Sydney and Sydney in Pop Culture 

Famous Sydney's include Nobel Prize winning genetic biologist Sydney Brenner, actor and film director Sydney Pollack, actress Sydney Penny, and lead singer of the band Echosmith Sydney Sierota. 

The name Sydney features in TV, movies, and books such as Alias, Parenthood, Sydney White, and I am Not Okay With This.

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