Last name origins & meanings:
- English: habitational name from Sidney in Surrey
and Lincolnshire, so named from Old English sīd ‘wide’ +
ēg ‘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 sīd + halh ‘nook’, ‘recess’ and
may also be sources of the surname.
- English: 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.
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