Gender: Male Meaning of Hudson: "Hugh's son" Origin of Hudson: English Hudson's Popularity in 2018: #54

Hudson Origin and Meaning

The name Hudson is a boy's name of English origin meaning "Hugh's son".

Hudson has risen quickly up the charts after emerging at the bottom of the list in 1995, now solidly in the Top 100.

, 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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Rank in US: #54

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ParanoidAndroid Says:


Although I'm very critical of surname-turned first names, Hudson earns a lot of approbation from me. My friend doesn't like Hudson only because of the "Hud". But unlike Dudley (admittedly one of may favorite names ever), Hudson's nicknames with the "hud" prefix are clear winners. Hud, Huddy, Huddles work better than Dud, Duddy, and Duddles. It's a no brainer as to why this name is receiving the high recognition nowadays. Although I personally wouldn't choose this as a first name, I think it'd be a pleasant middle name.

babyonemoretime Says:


I thought it was original when it came to me, but Hudson is spiking through the name charts. That makes me question it. I don't want a name that could belong in a frat house. Hudson is an adventurous, unique name that has an association with a river and a celebrity who many kids are unaware of today. It's romantic and masculine, the perfect combination for a boy's name. I like Hudson Alexander with maybe a Luke or Fletcher as a brother. Not so sure about the last name, though.

ILoveBabyNames123 Says:


Huddy for NN?

bethlena Says:


I do love this name for a boy! It's just the nicknames that come with it that I am not entirely sure about. Huds, I suppose.

Toronto87 Says:


Don't like the sound of "Hud". Just a very blah sound.

cabosanmucus Says:


I just read that Hudson actually comes from an ancient nickname for Richard, but I guess in modern times it can be from Hugh.

KM13 Says:


One of my twin boys is called Hudson. He's only 2 and we call him Huddles. It wasn't an intentional nickname and I'm sure we'll grow out of it but it's cute for now

AlexxisLynn Says:


Um..... no.

priviledgedpistachios Says:


I love this name, no matter how popular it gets!

priviledgedpistachios Says:


Sonny, Hugh?

CaribbeanQueen Says:


That's why I like it!

mom23 Says:


Considering this for a middle name for our son with the first name Boh.

Addie88 Says:


It's a very macho name in my mind. I wouldn't use it, but it's not bad.

BabyNameCrazy95 Says:


Love this name but can't see any good nicknames for it I can imagine twins Hudson & Everett though x

Guest Says:


Idk why I like this, maybe it's the New York connection

mill1020 Says:


Sorry, but I'm so over this name.