Gender: Male Pronunciation: MAHS Meaning of Mads: "gift of God" Origin of Mads: Danish variation of Matthew

The name Mads is a boy's name of Danish origin meaning "gift of God". Mads and is often added to lists like Boy Names Uncommon in the US and discussed in our forums with posts like "Adding then Eliminating - Boys Themed".

From the experts:

Mads is a perennial favorite in Germany, the Nordic countries, and the Netherlands, where it is usually to be found in the Top 50. Just remember the D is not pronounced. Famous bearers include Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen, the villain of the Bond film "Casino Royale".

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EW314 Says:


I think this a lovely, solid, strong name. I'd have it on my list but DH is a Max and that's just too close. I love so many Dutch names!

Guest Says:


Yikes! It's not that deep!!! 😟