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Gender: M Meaning of Sidney: "Saint Denis" Origin of Sidney: French Sidney's Popularity in 2013: #961

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A contraction name, Sidney comes from Saint Denis and is related to Dioynsius, the Greek god of fertility and wine, although another theory is that it derived from an Anglo-Saxon place name, meaning 'at the wide island.'

Sidney is an aristocratic British surname--as in the Elizabethan poet George Sidney-- and later attained a further measure of distinction through its association with the self-sacrificing hero of Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities, Sidney Carton, and with Oscar-winning actor Sidney Poitier.

In the US, Sidney was most popular in the 19-teens, when it was in the Top 100 for that decade, but has gradually declined, especially after the girl's name Sydney burst into popularity in the 1990's.

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Famous People Named Sidney

Sidney Crosby, Canadian ice hockey player
Sidney Lumet, American film director
Sidney Poitier, American actor
Sidney Sheldon, American novelist
Sidney Coleman, American theoretical physicist
Sidney Bechet, American jazz saxophonist
Sidney Webb, 1st Baron Passfield, former English secretary of state
Sidney Nolan, Australian painter
Sidney Altman, winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Pop Culture References for the Name Sidney

Sidney Mussburger, character in "The Hudsucker Proxy"
Sidney Glass, character on TV's "Once Upon a Time"
Sidney "Sid" Jenkins, character on British TV series "Skins"

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Sidney's International Variations

Sidonio (Spanish)