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Gender: M Meaning of Sidney: "Saint Denis" Origin of Sidney: French

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.

Famous People Named Sidney

Sidney Arthur Lumet, American film director
Sidney Poitier, American actor
Sidney Sheldon, American TV writer and novelist
Sidney Coleman, American theoretical physicist
Sidney Bechet, American jazz saxophonist
Sidney James Webb, 1st Baron Passfield, former British secretary of state
Sidney Robert Nolan, Australian painter
Sidney Altman, Canadian-American molecular biologist and Nobel Prize winner
Sidney Patrick Crosby, Canadian ice hockey player
Sidney Selby III, known as Desiigner, American rapper

Pop Culture References for the name Sidney

Sidney Chambers, protagonist in James Runcie's "Grantchester" novels and PBS' Mystery series "Grantchester"
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"
Sidney Freedman, psychiatrist on the TV series M*A*S*H
Sidney Falco, lead character in the 1957 film "Sweet Smell of Success"

Sydney, Syd, Sidny, Sydny, Sid

Sidney's International Variations

Sidonio (Spanish)