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

Ridiculously masculine.

^ to the above comment. 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!

^ I agree. I am an 18 year old male named Madison, and I have met dozens of females with my name, but no other males. A few of the Madisons I've met use a more femenine form like Madisyn, but the majority use the male form. I either use my middle name "William", or use a nickname like "Mady" which people mistake as "Matty" to differentiate myself.

Madison will always be a masculine name to me. Poster above, your parents should be commended for giving the name Madison to a boy! :) It's really sad how such handsome names like Aubrey and Madison are now perceived as too 'girly' for a boy :(

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.

^ ridiculously masculine! I think that is down right stupid!! I have heard it d different way as a son OR a daughter of a warrior!! Girls are just as strong as boys we are not stupid!!!

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, Singer founded by Justin Bieber / The Slut

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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