Name: Madison

Origin and Meaning of the Name Madison

  • Meaning:
    Son of Maud; Matthew's son
  • Origin:
  • Gender:
    Both
  • Pronunciation:
    (MA dih son)
  • Form of:
    Itself (Madison)
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Miscellaneous Info for Madison

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  • Used in:
    English speaking countries
  • Additional Info:
    Transferred use of the surname meaning "son of Maud"; and also perhaps "Mad's son", Mad being a common pet form of Matthew during the Middle Ages.

    Although Madison, today, is given as a name to both genders, it isn't a legitimate unisex name as it's meaning is masculine.

    James Madison was the fourth US President.

    Madison as a girls name was first introduced as a first name in the Tom Hanks movie "Splash" (1984). In the film, Daryl Hannah's character takes her name from Madison Avenue after walking past a road sign. Hanks' character comments that it is not a real name as, since at the time, it was a rather unusual name for a woman. In the years since the film was released in theatres and video, the name's popularity has skyrocketed.

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Popularity Rank of Madison (US top 1000 names since 1880)

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