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My question is, has Sidney become a common female name ... only one who finds this strange as a female name?

Certainly is increasingly popular in the US. From my favorite name site: Sydney (Female) - - Year 1990 1991 1992 ... 2001 2002 Rank 155 138 127 111 77 44 41 35 29 24

Brian Rodenborn

Nice site. I notice the name "Josie" fell to a historical low during the run of "Josie and the Pussycats" as a cartoon series.

http://www.thenamereport.com/reportSearch.do?page=1&name=Josie&gender=1&x=0&y=5

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I've just been reading "A suitable vengeance" by Elizabeth George, andhave found it rather disconcerting to read about a female ... 1881 census discs, is it possible to search for the numberof Sidneys, and see how many are male or female?

I used to work with a female Sydney in Texas.. Then there's Sydney Biddle Barrows..
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But in Auld Virginny, there are women who are given first names that are surnames .. I was startled when I met my first female Douglas.

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I too find it hard to get used to; but ... date of the Feast of the Winding Sheet...'the Sacred Sendon'."

I knew a Sidonie at university. (Why are you masquerading under another monniker?)

And ev'ry one was a Sidonie
She wooden ave a Willy or a Sam ...
Oh, wait, wrong syndrome

John Dean
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I've just been reading "A suitable vengeance" by Elizabeth George, and have found it rather disconcerting to read about a female character with the name "Sidney". I've never encountered a female Sidney in real life,

IMDb turns up Sidney Brammer, Sidney Fox, Sidney Greenbush and several more.
Even more if you want to count Sydne Rome.

John Dean
Oxford
To genealogists out there - has anyone found a female Sidney on a census?If anyone has the 1881 census discs, is it possible to search for the numberof Sidneys, and see how many are male or female?

I do not have the discs, but it you try searching for Sidney in the 1881 online at Familysearch,
there are some female Sidneys, iincluding some in the first 12 hits.

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I've just been reading "A suitable vengeance" by Elizabeth George, and have found it rather disconcerting to read about a female character with the name "Sidney".

Umm, what is disconcerting? Sidney vs Sydney or the whole concept? (G)

When I was "under-21" the next door neighbor had a baby girl whom they named Sydney. I thought it was darn wierd to name a baby after a city on another continent, but it turns out to have been Mamma's GM's name ...

Can't speak to what's happening in England, then or now, though.

I see someone did some statistical digging and I'm not surprised Sidney dropped off the scale for men in the US ... Remember the TV show "Love, Sidney"??
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I've just been reading "A suitable vengeance" by Elizabeth George, and have found it rather disconcerting to read about a female character with the name "Sidney".

I remember a female figure skater named Sydne (sic) Vogel (*). She was Junior World Champion 1997.
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I see someone did some statistical digging and I'm not surprised Sidney dropped off the scale for men in the US ... Remember the TV show "Love, Sidney"??

Yes. Are you positing a correlation?
Brian Rodenborn
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I knew a Sidonie at university. (Why are you masquerading underanother monniker?)

It wasn't Sidonie Goossens, was it? The famous harpy .. sorry, harpist?
Actually, I believe she's still alive ... I remember a celebratory programme
on Radio 4 to mark her 100th birthday a few years ago.

English, through and through, like her brother the oboist Léon, and her sister the other harpist Marie, and her other brother the conductor Sir Eugène, though I guess the surname's Phlegmish.

I looked up Sir Eugène to try to find out how he pronounced his name it doesn't trip off the tongue trying to pronounce it the French way with "sir" in front and discovered that at the height
of his career he was the conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

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