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Gender: M Meaning of Hudson: "Hugh's son" Origin of Hudson: English Hudson's Popularity in 2012: #93

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Hudson has risen quickly up the charts after emerging at the bottom of the list in 1995, now at Number 93 and climbing.

, Hudson has gotten a boost as a prominent surname over the years, from explorer Henry to heartthrob Rock to director Hugh, the musical Hudson brothers, and Kate Hudson today. It has also been attached to a few prominent starbabies, including the sons of Marcia Gay Hardin, Gena Lee Nolan, and Drew Lachey.

Hudson also benefits from the fashion value of New York, which boasts, of course, the Hudson River. It literally means 'son of Hudd', which was a nickname for both Hugh and Richard in the Middle Ages. Streamlined spelling Hud was the name of the macho title character of an iconic Paul Newman film; John Mellencamp has a son named Hud.

James Barbour pulled a gender switch when he named his daughter Hudson in 2008.

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Famous People Named Hudson

Henry Hudson, English explorer who the Hudson River of New York is named after
Hudson (b. 2011), son of Lindsay Price and Curtis Stone
Hudson James, son of Australian singer Guy Sebastian
Hudson Sawa, son of Canadian actor Devon Sawa

Pop Culture References for the Name Hudson

Hudson, New York, city
Hudson Taylor, Irish/English band
Hudson River, in New York
Hudson Bay, large body of water in North-Eastern Canada
Hudson House, a Southern California restaurant run by Top Chef runner-up Brooke Williamson
Hudson, The last name of Glee Character Finn Hudson played by the late Cory Monteith
Hudson, song by the band Vampire Weekend