Gender: Female Meaning of Madigan: "little dog" Origin of Madigan: Irish

Madigan Origin and Meaning

The name Madigan is a girl's name of Irish origin meaning "little dog".

An unusual, energetic surname choice that would make a good Madison alternative. Madigan was a typical police detective series of the 1970s, starring Richard Widmark.

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Mhill46 Says:


I find this very interesting. I wouldn't use it as a first name, but I would use it as a middle. I don't mind the meaning of "Little dog" i think it's cute and unique.

MarisaRath Says:


Madigan's mad again.

Essa Says:


To be called a dog has always been an insult whereas nobody has ever used lion, dove or gazelle in that way. I'm not saying that that would put me off just that I know where @theodora_phoenix is coming from.

I agree that I don't like the 'mas' beginning which is strange because I've never noticed it in Madeline or Madison before, I guess it just sounds harsher here.

Impwood Says:


Why not? How are little dogs worse than lions (Leo), doves (Jonah), or gazelles (Tabitha)?

juliabrowneyes Says:


It's like a mix of Madison and "cardigan."

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I don't like "Mad" in any name, and I wouldn't want to call me girl "little dog".

Addie88 Says:


I actually really like this, but I hate Maddie. I would go with Maggie as a nickname.

Guest Says:


that's exactly why I wouldn't use it, it sounds like mad again.

mabespark Says:


I appreciate that it is an alternative to Madison, which is overused, but it sounds like Mad Again.