English and Scottish surname
"son of the marsh dwellers"

Carson Origin and Meaning

The name Carson is a boy's name of Scottish, Irish origin meaning "son of the marsh dwellers".

Carson is one of the most long-running popular androgynous baby names, 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 baby names.

Current Carsons include TV personalities Carson Daly and Carson Kressley, and Pro Bowl 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.

# 110 in the US

Carson Rank in US Top 1000

# 263 on Nameberry

Carson Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Carson Popularity

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Famous People Named Carson

  • Sofia CarsonAmerican actress
  • Carson Jones DalyAmerican TV host
  • Carson KressleyAmerican fashion critic
  • Carson Hilton PalmerAmerican football player
  • (Clarence) Carson ParksAmerican songwriter and singer
  • John William "Johnny" CarsonTV talk show host and comedian
  • Ben CarsonAmerican neurosurgeon and political candidate
  • Carson Bruener (b. 2002)son of NFL player Mark Bruener
  • Carson Lincoln Kinney (b. 2003)son of actors Terry Kinney and Kathryn Erbe
  • Charles Stephen "Carson" Paine IV (b. 2015)son of Erin (Bates) Paine of reality TV show Bringing Up Bates
  • Carson Sharp (b. 2015)son of jockey Rosie Napravnik and Joe Sharp
  • Carson James Lueders (b.2001)YouTube celebrity, upcoming singer.
  • Carson WentzAmerican football player

Carson in Pop Culture

  • Carson Beckettdoctor on TV's "Stargate: Atlantis"
  • Carson Drewfather of Nancy Drew
  • Carson Philipsmain character in film and novel "Struck By Lightning," by Chris Colfer
  • Charles Carson (known as Carson)butler on TV's "Downton Abbey"

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