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Gender: M Meaning of Carson: "son of the marsh-dwellers" Origin of Carson: Irish and Scottish Carson's Popularity in 2013: #90

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Carson is an androgynous executive-type name, with a dash of the Wild West via the legendary Missouri frontiersman Kit Carson. Dating back to when it was the name of Nancy Drew's Dad, Carson is still steadily in the Top 100, having reached its highest point at Number 80 in 2010.

Current Carsons include TV personalities Carson Daly and Carson Kressley, and Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Carson Palmer. Carson Wells was the bounty hunter character played by Woody Harrelson in No Country for Old Men, and Carson is the name chosen by actress Kathryn Erbe for her son.

Although its best known namesake is writer Carson McCullers, Carson has not caught on as a girl's name.

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Famous People Named Carson

Carson McCullers, American novelist
Carson Jones Daly, American TV host
Carson Kressley, American fashion critic
Carson Palmer, American football player
John William "Johnny" Carson, TV talk show host and comedian

Pop Culture References for the Name Carson

Carson Beckett, doctor on "Stargate: Atlantis "
Carson Drew, Nancy Drew's father
Carson Philips, protagonist in the film and novel "Struck By Lightning," by Chris Colfer
Charles Carson, butler on TV's "Downton Abbey"

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