tually goes beyond Australia – both the y and i versions also stem from English place names), but there’s also the grandpa’s-name-is-back-and-turned-feminine-but-now-spelled-with-a-y thing. Sidney was originally used at the turn of the last century, though it was far more popular for boys – the male version just cracked the top 100, while the female version barely eked into the top 1,000. They both dropped through the 20th century (the female version totally leaving the charts). After a big jump in the ‘90s, the feminine Sidney is actually more popular than the masculine. As for the actual name in question (SYdney), it started out as a vaguely popular boys name and became a vaguely popular girls name in the ‘30s, then underwent a massive leap from the ‘80s (average ranking 476) to the ‘90s (59). It’s dropped since, but still somehow seems a more sophisticated place-name choice than other options – maybe because it’s halfway around the world? Or because it did actually begin as a name? Either way, we approve.