Sidney Family History

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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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Sidney Family Origin

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Sidney Family Occupations

What did your Sidney ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Sidney. 17% of Sidney men worked as a General Labourer and 81% of Sidney women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sidney were Builders Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Dutie

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Bricklayer
  • Window Cleaner
  • Builders Labourer

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Private Means
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Unpaid Domestic Dutie

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

Sidney Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 27,000 census records available for the last name Sidney. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sidney census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

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

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Draft Card

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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Sidney Life Expectancy

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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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