Madison: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Madison

Madison

Pronunciation: MA-di-sən (key)

Origin of the name Madison:

Transferred use of the surname meaning "Mad's son." Mad was a common pet form of Matthew (gift of God) during the Middle Ages. Madison may also be a matronymic derived from the name Maud, an old pet form of Mathilda (battle mighty): hence, "son of Maud."

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Comments and insights on the name Madison: | Edit

I am a 22 year old GIRL Madison and my name has never been mistaken for a boys name. Although it's become a very popular name of late, I was the only Madison/Maddie in my class, and my moniker fits me perfectly. It's strong, but still has a dash of girly. If you are considering the name, you have heard it from a wife/soon-to-be mother/professional named Madison that it's a great name. The only downfall is that it's so popular now that it's almost becoming the new "Jennifer" or "Ashley" - good luck to all you Mommies and/or Name Lovers!

My name is Madison and I don't really like it because it's waaaay too common:(

My real name is Madison but I absolutely hate it! It's too common and sounds so girlish. And I'm a girl.

One of my BFFs is named Madison, as the person up above me said a name for a warrior. Madison is DEFINATLY a warrior!!!

Madison became a fad after the movie "Splash" mermaid was named Madison after a street sign.

Personal experiences with the name Madison: | Edit

My cousin's name is Madison (we call her Maddie or May-May) and I love it! It matches her personality and it's perfect. Love it!

Nicknames for Madison: | Edit

Maddie/Madie/Maddi/Madi/Maddy/Mady
Mad/Madd
Mads/Madz
Madon/Madin
Ad/Addy/Adison

Meanings and history of the name Madison: | Edit

Madison became a popular girl's name after the mermaid movie "Splash," where the mermaid took her name from a Madison Ave. street sign.

Madison was originally a surname meaning "son of Maud."

Madison is also the capital of Wisconsin.

Famous real-life people named Madison: | Edit

Madison "Maddie" Ziegler, American actress & cast of Lifetime's 'Dance Moms'
Madison Pettis
Madison De La Garza, American actress and little sister of Demi and Dallas Lovato
Madison Beer, young singer discovered by Justin Bieber

Madison in song, story & screen: | Edit

Madison, a character in the movie "Splash"
Madison Montgomery, a witch in the TV series American Horror Story:Coven
Madison Sinclair, a character from the TV show and movie "Veronica Mars"
Madison Finn, main character in the kid's series "From The Files of Madison Finn"

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