American surname

Stetson Origin and Meaning

The name Stetson is a boy's name of American origin.

Most known as a popular brand of Western hats, this surname has a brief history as a given name. It charted in the US Top 1000 in 1989 and 1991-95. It has been experiencing renewed interest in the last few years, having reentered the popularity charts in 2013 and now ranking its highest ever at Number 709.

While the etymology of the name is ambiguous, Stetson most likely stems from the Anglo-Saxon Stytt—a nickname for a boxer or fighter—or the Old English Stot/Stott—a nickname for a cattle dealer or a wild, young person.

Stetson also has an academic link to Stetson University, a private university in DeLand, Florida.

# 238 in the US

Stetson Rank in US Top 1000

# 588 on Nameberry

Stetson Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Stetson Popularity

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Famous People Named Stetson

  • (William) Stetson KennedyAmerican author and activist; major influence on getting the KKK shut down
  • Stetson Tyler Ludwickson of baseball player Ryan Ludwick

Stetson in Pop Culture

  • Stetson companywestern wear, apparel, hats, and accessories