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Gender: F Meaning of Madison: "son of Maud" Origin of Madison: English Madison's Popularity in 2016: #15

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 (currently Number 15), 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 muscle for boys, it's the most successful of the unisex-feel, surname-y, place name names 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.

Famous People Named Madison

Madison Nicole "Maddie" Ziegler, American actress and dancer on TV's "Dance Moms"
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 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"

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