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Sidney Family History

Sidney Name Meaning

habitational name from Sidney in Surrey and Lincolnshire, so named from Old English sid ‘wide’ + eg ‘island’, ‘dry island in a fen’, with the adjective retaining traces of the weak dative ending, originally used after a preposition and definite article. Two places in Cheshire called Sydney are from Old English sid + halh ‘nook’, ‘recess’ and may also be sources of the surname. possibly a habitational name from a place in Normandy called Saint-Denis, from the dedication of its church to St. Dionysius (see Dennis). There is, however, no evidence to support this derivation beyond occasional early modern English forms such as Seyndenys, which may equally well be the result of folk etymology.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Adney, Rodney, Ridley, Binney, Stoney, Sides, Gidley, Sisney, Sidley

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Where is the Sidney family from?

You can see how Sidney families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sidney family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Sidney families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1911 there were 38 Sidney families living in Ontario. This was about 28% of all the recorded Sidney's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Sidney families in 1911.
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What did your Sidney ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the CA named Sidney. 37% of Sidney men worked as a Farmer.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
  • Troffer
  • Blacksmith
  • Labourer
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Sidney. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Sidney. For the veterans among your Sidney ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Sidney lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Sidney life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1970. The average life expectancy for Sidney in 1945 was 30, and 74 in 2004.

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