Madison (name)

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Family name
Pronunciation mad-ih-sun

"Son of Matthew"

Alternately = "Son of Maude"
Region of origin England
Related names Maddison, Matheson, Mathieson, Mathison, Matthew

Madison is a surname of English origin, which has become a popular given name in the United States. Madison, commonly spelled Maddison in Northeastern England, is a variant of Mathieson, meaning son of Matthew, although possibly occasionally standing for son of Maddy, where Maddy is a pet form of Maud.[1]

Madison is also used as a given name. As a name, it has become popular for girls in recent decades. Its rise is generally attributed to the 1984 release of the film Splash.[2] From a practically non-existent given name before 1985, Madison rose to being the second-most-popular name given to baby girls in 2001.[3] It has since declined in popularity as a name for girls, however, slipping to seventh place by 2009.[3]

As a masculine given name, Madison can be found within the top 1,000 names for boys in the United States up until about 1952. Madison returned to the top 1,000 ranked names for boys in 1987, remaining there through 1999, and it also was the 858th-most-common name for boys in 2004, but it remains uncommon as a masculine given name.[3]


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  1. ^ P. H. Reaney; R. M. Wilson (1991). A dictionary of English surnames (3rd ed.). Routledge. p. 293. ISBN 0-415-05737-X. 
  2. ^ "How a 'Splash' Joke Lead to the 'Madison' Baby Name Boom". Retrieved 2015-05-26. 
  3. ^ a b c "Popular Baby Names". Social Security Administration.

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