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#1 j+s

Posted 08 November 2012 - 06:41 AM

Hello all,

Just a quick one. Would appreciate your opinion on Sydney as a baby girl name. We love the name and it suits our surname/ticks all other boxes.
However, we live in Sydney....... do you see this as an issue????

Thanks so much, appreciate all opinions


#2 Feral Grey Mare

Posted 08 November 2012 - 06:45 AM

Sydney will always seem like an old man's name to me but that may not be an issue to a younger generation that do not have older relatives called Sid.

#3 Dowager fancie

Posted 08 November 2012 - 06:46 AM

What she said.

#4 j+s

Posted 08 November 2012 - 07:18 AM

Haha. Yes, this is true re old man name.

We don't however know any Sid's so not really an issue for us personally.


#5 kerilyntaryn

Posted 08 November 2012 - 07:40 AM

I dont like it,  but being called Sydney and living in Sydney is a little too much

#6 carlakoala

Posted 08 November 2012 - 07:54 AM

I really like the name Sydney for a girl (rather than as a boy's name). As a girl's name it ticks all my qualities in a name; slightly unusual, people know how to spell it, classy sounding....

I know an elderly man called Sydney but no one has ever called him the full name as it's always Sid so no longer is he associated with the name Sydney in my mind.

Whilst at present it may be slightly awkward being in the same city with the same name - she/your family may not always live there. And anyway I'm sure people would very quickly get over any issues with same city/same name.

#7 Satay Chicken

Posted 08 November 2012 - 08:00 AM

I really like Sydney for a girls name, DH and I have talked about is as an option a couple of times.  It's certainly a popular name in the States.

That said, agree its a little too much having the name Sydney and living in Sydney.

#8 -Screamapillar-

Posted 08 November 2012 - 08:07 AM

Our 2.5 year old daughter is Sydney. It suits her.
We often call her Nee/Nee-nee.

#9 Plaxy

Posted 08 November 2012 - 08:14 AM

I love Sydney for a girl. I wouldn't worry at all about living in Sydney if I liked the name.

#10 BloomLuka

Posted 08 November 2012 - 08:20 AM

Love it.
I think Sidney is more masculine.

Living in Sydney, don't see it as an issue.

#11 Bam1

Posted 08 November 2012 - 08:22 AM

I think it is a lovely name and I see it as a girls name mainly because I identify the city of Sydney as feminine.

Sidney I see as an old man's name but not Sydney.

#12 emlis22

Posted 08 November 2012 - 08:26 AM

I love Sydney for a girl! Love it! I probably prefer Sidney for a boy, but nonetheless I think it's great. I have a feeling its really common in the US.

It wouldn't bother me at all that you live in Sydney. If you lived in a town of 5,000 people and named your kid that town - it might be different.

I will add that my sisters middle name is Adelaide, (we don't live there) and she copped a bit of flack at school... people would call her firstname Queensland. But in the scheme of things its a minor pay off for a lovely name IMO.

What middles are you thinking?

#13 indigo~

Posted 08 November 2012 - 10:48 AM

My grandmother's name is Sydney and she has often complained that her mail gets addressed to Mr instead of Mrs.

#14 Peta Feral

Posted 08 November 2012 - 10:52 AM

I love it

#15 j+s

Posted 08 November 2012 - 11:56 AM

Thankyou so much everyone. Really appreciate the honest opinions. Emlis22 we are using Iris as a middle as it it my grandmothers name. And add's a bit of femininity to Sydney.

Love Adelaide, husband doesn't............ sad.gif

Screamapillar: can I ask what kind of reaction you get re Sydney? Do you live in Sydney?

Thankyou !!

#16 pippityroo

Posted 08 November 2012 - 12:05 PM

Ever since the show Parenthood, I've grown to really like the name Sydney for a girl, it's a lovely name.

#17 Gudrun

Posted 08 November 2012 - 01:22 PM

I think it is a cool name.  For a girl  I just think of Jennifer Garner's character, Sydney Bristow, in Alias. You can't get cooler or cleverer than that!   Would not give a thought to living in Syney, it just seems like an irrelevancy to me.

It ticks all your boxes, I think you should go for it!

#18 feralangel

Posted 08 November 2012 - 01:24 PM

I know a german couple who emigrated to Australia and called their baby girl Sydney (because she was conceived and born in Sydney).

It is a lovely name and really suits their little girl.

The little girl is proud of her name:  she likes telling people the story behind it.

And yes, they all live in Sydney.

#19 la di dah

Posted 08 November 2012 - 01:40 PM

My cousin has a daughter named Sydney, named after a great-granddad Sidney. She is adorable.

That said, she's never stepped foot in Australia, much less in Sydney, and it's ranked in the Top Hundred every year in the US since 1994, and '95-'09 in the  Top Fifty, so it's not all that odd or remarkable.

There were a bunch of '90s action heroines named Sydney in the States, played by everyone from Jennifer Garner to Tia Carrere. And it was on Melrose Place. And Scream.

I think people liked that there were so many characters with it you were actually a bit insulated from "oh, fan of...?" and it got pretty popular. So I think of it as a kind of '90s name, but it never reached the ultra-popular levels of Chelsea/Madison type trend peaks. Its trending down now though.

#20 -Screamapillar-

Posted 08 November 2012 - 01:49 PM

QUOTE (j+s @ 08/11/2012, 11:56 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thankyou so much everyone. Really appreciate the honest opinions. Emlis22 we are using Iris as a middle as it it my grandmothers name. And add's a bit of femininity to Sydney.

Love Adelaide, husband doesn't............ sad.gif

Screamapillar: can I ask what kind of reaction you get re Sydney? Do you live in Sydney?

Thankyou !!

Quite a few people like it but I've had one old man say 'couldn't you find something nicer than that' glare.gif
I live in a small town in QLD, Sydney is actually my husbands granddad's name.

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