Madison 🔥

Gender: Female Meaning of Madison: "son of Matthew" Origin of Madison: English Madison's Popularity in 2019: #26

Madison Origin and Meaning

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

Madison originated as an English surname, a variant of Mathieson, meaning “son of Matthew.” It is occasionally translated as “son of Maud,” as Maddy was historically a nickname for Maud. It was introduced as a feminine given name in the 1984 movie Splash, in which the main character takes her name from New York’s Madison Avenue street sign.

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 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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Rank in US: #26

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Pop Culture References for the name Madison

Maddison, Madisyn, Madsen, Madisen, Mattison, Madisson, Madyson


QueenieGuldbaek Says:


I don't like this name, but not because it sounds masculine, but because it sounds like "medicine".

Amora Says:


I find it silly how this name is so popular for girls. How in the world is "son of Matthew" feminine? Madeleine is much nicer.

Oceanie Says:


My name is Madison. I think it's an okay name, but the thing I hate is all the backlash and stereotypes out there about my name. I prefer to go by Mara or May; both are names that make sense with Madison (coming from the "Ma"), but at the same time, you wouldn't expect them as nicknames.

QueenieGuldbaek Says:


It sounds like medicine to me.

Isabella_188 Says:


I definitely prefer Madeleine/Madeline.

QueenieGuldbaek Says:


Also Matilda can be a Madison sub.

QueenieGuldbaek Says:


By your logic, a George shouldn't be a George unless he is a FARMER.

clairels Says:


Madison can mean "son of Matthew" as well as "son of Maud." Also by this logic you should change your last name because you're clearly not a "son" either.

Tora Says:


Have always loved it for it's sound. Wouldn't use it for it's popularity.

cheesy-biscuit Says:


Madison is so American to me. Madeline on the other hand is classy (one of my favourites but that's my little sisters name). Funny how one sound can make a huge difference.

TianaVioletMadison Says:


Okay, I'll agree that there may be some family reasons someone would name their child this, but I guess I don't under stand how someone would name their child this if it is unrelated to their family history because there are some many more names that you could use with better meanings. I know that people have different tastes in names, but we can all agree that "son of Maud" is the best meaning in the world. For example, Adeline (Noble), Frederick (Peaceful), Dakota (Friendly), there are just a few names with great meanings. Also, if you really like the -son ending, you could use Alison/Allison that has the meaning noble aswell.

Luísa Says:


Friend, is it offensive in anyway to name a girl Madison ? No? So there is no real problem - let people name their children as they wish, it could be a family surname (like in your case) or an honor name and an outsider wouldn't know.

CocoaPuff Says:


There are plenty of non yuppie white Madison’s out there, relax with the hateful talk.

TianaVioletMadison Says:


Please stop using this name, I don't get how these surnames get so popular, especially with the -son ending. I am okay with some surnames used as first names as long if they have been used traditionally as first names throughout history, like Ashley, Lawrence, Warren or Wesley. Also, the son of meaning is so bad, unless you are literally the SON OF, (not daughter) a Maud. There are many other alternatives to this name, Madelyn, Madeline, Adeline, Adalyn, Madeleine, or even just Maud/Maude. So, all in all, if you are going to use this name, first, don't, but if you really want to, at least use the Madisyn spelling to indicate femininity and differentiate it from the surname. (Also, this isn't meant in insult any Madisons/Maddisons/Madisens/Maddisens, as you know Madison is my last name, so it still holds a special place in my heart, but just don't use it as a first name unless you are a "son of Maud" like the name implies.

BayleighWelch23 Says:


There are a ton of Madison's in my high school too and my cousin is named Madison. Some of them i like, and some are stuck up. But that doesn't mean anything i know a girl with my name in my class and i cant stand her. Anyway, i've met a Madison that is mixed and shes my good friend.

Daiseymae Says:


It is in epidemic proportions.

Daiseymae Says:


I really don't know why everyone likes this name so much. I like the nickname Maddie though, but that is about it. There isn't anything wrong with it, but it is just too popular at the moment.

Daiseymae Says:


Too overused now. Put it out to pasture for awhile.

sunshinexoxo Says:


I really dislike this name due to popularity. I feel like it's so common and boring.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I don't get the debate about "-son" endings for girls, either. Alison ends in "-son", but almost nobody mentions that. It's hardly a new thing. It makes me laugh when name sites translate Charlotte and Caroline as meaning "free woman", instead of "free man". I guess they're being PC. As feminine versions of Charles, Charlotte and Caroline, etc all mean "free man", and that is not a problem or a reason to avoid the names.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I love Maddie, and Madison is nice, but I personally prefer Madeleine or Madelyn.

marnie r Says:


I'm in high school and there are so many Madison's that it's ridiculous. I don't understand the appeal? All of them are white, upper middle class, often athletic, and typically mean.

PontyPool Says:


I detest this name. This is what white suburban yuppies who drive around in SUV's call name their daughter. Awful!

Mikayla395 Says:


I love this name, but I don't really favor the nickname "Maddie".

Thepandaprincess223 Says:


I love Madison. I would love to have a daughter and name her Sidney Madison. Madison would be her middle name

sophiejade Says:


Madeline is beautiful.

Madisoniaa Says:


This is my name :)

jordalini Says:


My parents pick Madison for my younger sister thinking the same thing. She is older than most Madisons that we have met. She mostly goes by Maddie.

PureVirgoDreamer Says:


My name is Madison after the town that my mom was born in: Madison, Tennessee. She didn't expect the name to become huge and expected that I would have a rare name...didn't quite work out that way. HOWEVER, I am the only person since I was in preschool to go by Madison. Every other Madison I've ever met goes by Madi or some variant of the nickname.

mxdxsxn Says:


i prefer madisyn or maddison

Jenn Terry Says:


I have to admit this is my guilty pleasure name. I loved Splash as a kid. Don't know if I will ever use it, but I love it.

princessmadison Says:


My name is also Madison, and I was also named after the movie Splash. I rarely get called Mad. I get called Maddie, Mads, and a nickname that 1 or 2 boys made up for me in 6th grade, Madisonian. But I never got told that I had a boys name.

mkokos Says:


My name is Madison, named after the movie splash. I prefer to go by Mad rather than Maddy. I will say I did have a subsitute that always marked me abcent because he was looking for a boy & a girl answered.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


My opinions on names don't affect my opinion on the bearer . While Madison is a name that I don't particularly, I completely believe that you're not "nasty".

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I'm so tired of this name! It's overly trendy and overused. I hope Madison loses popularity. What's so cute about it anyway?

Daiseymae Says:


I love Madeline.

JessicaRK467 Says:


You obviously think very highly of yourself and don't seem to have any reason to...being pretentious isn't a positive personality trait.

GuineapigGirl15 Says:


I really like Maddie as a nick name.

princessmadison Says:


This is my name and I absolutely hate it with a passion. I prefer Madeline over this name and i always wanted to change my name. Sadly, I can't because it's my moms ultimate favorite girls name and she always wanted a girl Madison.

indiefendi2 Says:


I prefer Maude, Madeleine, or Madden to Madison tbh

CupcakeGirl13 Says:


I much prefer Madeline over Madison, and the meaning isnt my favorite, but it is still a nice name.

Guest Says:


This is my name.

flora_kate Says:


One of the few -son names I don't mind on a girl. It's so similar to Madelyn in sound that it comes off as girly even without the masculine ending to me.

TaliaCat Says:


Do people forget that this became a name from the movie "Splash?" People were so wowed that millions named their daughters this for decades to come. That's enough of a deterrent in itself for me.

maddisen Says:


My name is Maddisen, I adore my name, I have met one other Madison (notice the spelling difference) and she was jealous of my name. But I do not go by any form of maddie, my name is Maddisen. I feel like the name leads both girls and boys to be strong, intelligent, people. To me it reminds me of a higher class name. Granted I like Madison for a boy and Maddison for a girl. I am a Maddisen with natural red hair, trying to fit in for me is like trying to put a flower in ice. If you are thinking of using this name decide now if you want your child to live by a Nick name or not because that was a battle (my mom said absolutely no Nick name lol).
Best of luck

Madijd Says:


My name is Madison - it's pretty common but I don't mind it!

madmaddie Says:


I'm a Madison and "nasty" is hardly the word to describe me. While I wish my parents had thought more about my name, this is me. And, yes, no matter how worked up over nothing some people may get, it's now a "girl" name - complain about something else for once, please.

cookiecuddly775 Says:


So... My name is like ACTUALLY "Maddie".... I'm still not sure if I like it, just because one day I'll be more than just a Teenberry, and "Maddie" just isn't professional name...

Guest Says:


Ignore: I posted at the top, forgetting I already had...

Eva Thyssen Says:


I don't like the Mad-.

madison786 Says:


This is my name and i kind of like it a little bit. I get called by my orginal name but i perfer to get called "Maddie" than Madison to be honest.

ldougie Says:


I'm in love with the nickname Madi spelled with an i.

SoDallas3 Says:


Madison isn't awful. The association with Madison Sinclair in Veronica Mars is really negative, so I can't really looked passed it.

chlardmarham Says:


I think I might like this name if It weren't for the fact that every Nasty girl I've ever met growing up seemed to be named "Madison".

Patmoose Says:


I never understood why some people argue against using the -son suffixes for their daughters. I get that the -son suffix literally means "son of" but many names have meanings that we ignore. Do we all fit our names? Are all Adrians dark? Are all Georges farmers? I mean, I wouldn't name my daughter Jason, but Madison or Addison sound okay on girls too. And i dare you to name your son Allison. :)