The name Madison is a girl's name of English origin meaning "son of Maud". Madison is ranked #22 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like American Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Sibsets you know".
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Since we wrote a book called Beyond Jennifer & Jason, Madison & Montana, encouraging parents to move beyond overused names, it's no secret what we think of this trendy surname name, inspired by a mermaid named Madison (she took it from a New York street sign) in the eighties movie Splash.
Though Madison has long ago lost any popularity for boys, it's the most successful of the surname-y, place name-y English names for girls that have risen through the ranks over the past few decades, names like London and Paris, Camden and Jordan that have climbed to prominence.
Some parents like Madison for its upscale feel while others want a fresh way to get to the nickname Maddy. Still others have moved on to similar choices Addison and Madelyn. While those names may continue to rise, Madison is definitely on a downward trend, though it remains one of the most popular girls' names starting with M.
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