Madison 🔥

Gender: Male Meaning of Madison: "son of Matthew" Origin of Madison: English

Madison Origin and Meaning

The name Madison is a boy's name of English origin meaning "son of Matthew".

Madison was at one time a strictly boys' presidential name, reaching as high as Number 311 at the end of the nineteenth century. That all changed in 1985 when it entered the girls' list, zooming up quickly until it reached the Number 2 spot, with more than 22,000 female babies given the name in 2001. As is so often the case, its use for boys has dropped precipitously.

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GenEric Says:


Being an early 2000s kid, I knew and know so many female Madison's, it sounds much fresher on a boy. Bring it back.

QueenieGuldbaek Says:


Maddox is better on a boy.

QueenieGuldbaek Says:


I don't like this on either a boy or girl.

TechnoKitten Says:


On a girl it sounds obnoxious,on boy it sounds beautiful.

sunshinexoxo Says:


Because of crazy amount of girls named this, I wouldn't want to be named this if I was a boy...

beachbear Says:


It's time to bring back Madison for boys. I have never liked it on girls but I actually think it works if it's masculine.

clairels Says:


Sure why not? I encourage you to do so.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I don't like Madison on a girl, but it does sound fresh on a boy. Every time I try to explain why, though, I get laughed at. But really it's mainly because of Splash. (never watched the movie). Why does everyone name their girl a masculine name because ONE character picked it for herself?

AldabellaxWulfe Says:


I've been wary of this name for quite some time. Because, while it is obviously masculine in origin, thanks to that awful movie "Splash" (no offense intended, Splash-lovers), it has become firmly seated on the girl side of the spectrum. Even here in the UK, where boy names on girls isn't a big trend and where unisex names are frequently given to boys (oftentimes more than girls), Madison is comfortably sat somewhere in the top 200 on the top 1000 girl list, and has been for the last 19 years.

However, Madison is a name that, here in the UK, has been given to at least 5 baby boys each year. Admittedly, that's not a lot when compared to the hundreds of girls named Madison each year but, at least it isn't completely extinct on boys - like it pretty much is in America. Not only that but, in 2014, just 477 girls were named Madison, which is the lowest Madison-birth-rate in 14 years. And I have noticed, over time, that out of all of the more recent 'What name do you hate most?', 'Which girl names would you retire?', 'What girl names are you sick of?' types of questions on baby name forums and other websites, Madison is a name that crops up very commonly.

So, with that in mind, if there was ever a 'right' time to bring it back for the boys, would now be it? It's something I have to deliberate since I do love this name, and am genuinely considering using it.

glitterandrocknroll Says:


I'm kind of digging this for a boy. Actually, I like it better for a boy than a girl.

hmg1204 Says:


I love this name for a boy and I think the nickname Madis is adorable!

madison786 Says:


As being a girl with this name, I DESPISE it for a girl and I love this name forna boy. It means "Son of Maud" ugh!! I like and hate my name.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I honestly prefer Madison for a boy. Something about it on a girl always sounded off to me.

indiefendi2 Says:


If a parent wants to be on the safe side there's Madden! A big rough and tough football name.

Guest Says:


I met a male Shane and he said it was hot that girls had his name too hahaha

madehatter Says:


I love Madison for a boy! As a girl named Madison, with hundreds of others, I think it would be very refreshing to see a boy be named this!

eveyalecia Says:


I really like Madison for a boy. I wish it wasn't SO popular as a girls name though. :( I had a college course with a male Madison (~18 years old in 2013), but wasn't comfortable to ask him how he felt about his name... looking back, I wish I had.