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Gender: Female Meaning of Madison: "son of Maud" Origin of Madison: English Madison's Popularity in 2017: #17

The name Madison is a girl's name of English origin meaning "son of Maud". Madison is ranked #17 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like American Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Septuplet Game - Girls".

From the experts:

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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Famous People Named Madison

Madison Nicole "Maddie" Ziegler, American actress and dancer on TV's "Dance Moms".
Madison Elle Beer, American singer.
Madison Michelle Pettis, American actress.
Madison Rose De La Garza, American actress.
Madison Carabello, American actress; twin of Miranda Carabello.
Madison Hubbell, American ice dancer.
Madison Chock, American ice dancer.
Madison McLaughlin, American actress.
Madison Rayne, ring name of Ashley Nichole Cabot, American pro wrestler.
Madison Hu, American actress.
Madison Brengle, American tennis player.
Madison Keys, American tennis player.
Madison Danielle Davenport, American actress.
Madison (Madi) Beerer, dancer from Project 21.
Madison McReynolds, American actress.
(Jessica) Madison Wright Morris, American actress
Madison Lintz, American actress
Madison Wilson, Australian swimmer.
Madison Taylor Kocian, American gymnast.
Madison Justice, sister of American actress Victoria Justice.
Madison Cross (b. 1992), American singer; daughter of singer Christopher Cross.
Madison Clapp (b. 1996), daughter of actor/TV personality Johnny Knoxville.
Madison "Maddie" Brown (b. 1997), daughter of reality TV's Kody & Jenelle Brown ("Sister Wives").
Madison Alani Anoa'i (b. 2003), daughter of wrestler Rosey.
Madison Elizabeth McMahon (b. 2000), daughter of actor Julian McMahon and model Brooke Burns.
Madison Mychal Quick (b. 2010), daughter of ice hockey player Jonathan Quick.
Madison Brown Belafonte (b. 2011), daughter of Spice Girl Melanie Brown and Stephen Belafonte.
Madison Mary Harper McGrath (b. 2015), daughter of cricketer Glenn McGrath.
Sadie Madison Sandler (b. 2006), daughter of actor Adam Sandler and Jacqueline Titone.
Violet Madison Nash (b. 2010), daughter of actress Christina Milian and rapper The Dream.

Pop Culture References for the name Madison

Madison, self-named mermaid in film "Splash"
Madison North (Beardsley), character on American soap "All My Children"
Madison the Magic Show Fairy, character in the Rainbow Magic series
Madison Montgomery, character on TV's "American Horror Story: Coven"
Madison Clark, main character on TV's "Fear the Walking Dead"
Madison 'Maddie' Rooney, character on TV's "Liv and Maddie"
Madison Rocca, Blue Ranger on TV's "Power Rangers Mystic Force"
Madison Duarte, character on TV's "South of Nowhere"
Madison Taylor aka Tomoyo Daidouji, character in anime "Cardcaptor Sakura"
Madison Paige, character in video game "Heavy Rain"
Madison Sinclair, minor character on TV's "Veronica Mars"
Madison McCarthy, cheerleader on TV's "Glee;" twin of Mason McCarthy
Madison Finn, title character in "From The Files of Madison Finn" by Laura Dower
Madison VanWatson, character in "The Sims 3" computer game
Madison "Maddie" Young, character in film "Hush"
Madison Payne, a character from the Nickelodeon cartoon "Welcome To The Wayne"
Madison, character in film "A Cinderella Story"

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