Baby Names for Daddy’s Boys (and Girls)
There are ten names ending in –son in or near the boys’ Top 100 names in the US. They are, in order of popularity: Mason, Jackson, Grayson, Jason, Hudson, Jaxson, Carson, Bryson, Harrison, and Grayson. Hudson may be considered a place name but also can mean “son of Hugh.” Jason is a mythological name, not a patronymic; Mason an occupational name; and Carson means, “ son of the marsh-dwellers.”
- Mason, Jackson, Grayson, Jason, Hudson, Jaxson, Carson, Bryson, Harrison, and Grayson. Hudson may be considered a place name but also can mean “son of Hugh.” Jason is a mythological name, not a patronymic; Mason an occupational name; and Carson means, “ son of the marsh-dwellers.”" >
- Anson (unusual in that it's actually a matronymic, meaning son of Agnes), Benson, Dawson (son of David), Edison, Jameson, and Jenson. The son ending is occasionally varied to sen, because of either tradition or taste." >
- History and the arts—both past and present-- provide another great source of ‘son’ names. There are contemporary figures with patronymic names as first: Anderson (Cooper), for example, and Garrison (Keillor). Then there’s Hanson, a family surname also used for the band. Names of heroic figures are also becoming more popular first names: Jefferson, say, and Tennyson." >
- Madison and Addison morphed into bestselling girls’ names (Madison was the second highest girls’ name in 2001-02; Addison reached Number 11 in 2007), there were some who protested: “Hey, those names mean ‘son of’ and so should be reserved for boys!” But many patronymics are equally or more popular for girls, including Allison and Ellison, Emerson and Carson, McKenzie and McKenna." >
- Mac- are two Celtic prefixes meaning ‘son of,’ with more Mcs being Irish and Macs tending to be Scottish. Virtually any such surname could make a fitting first name tribute to a dad or ancestor further back, such as Macauley, McKinley, McKenna, Macarthur, and McAllister." >
- Emerald Isle. Among the many O-options out there are O’Brien, O’Connor, O’Hara, O’Reilly, O’Shea. Pluck one directly from your family tree or create O’ name to honor Grandpa Brian or Uncle Harry." >
- Fitz, associated by many with the dashing Fitzwilliam Darcy in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Some other ideas include Fitzgerald, Fitzhugh, Fitzpatrick, and Fitzgibbon." >
- Davis, Pierce, Powell, Reuben, and Royce." >
- Liam, a form of William; Jack from John; Alex from Alexander, Eli from Elijah; and Harry from Henry." >
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on June 19th, 2015 at 11:04 am
A feminine version of dad’s name is much more attractive for a girl than a tired patronymic, in my opinion.
on June 22nd, 2015 at 10:50 am
I love the names Macaulay and Carson!
on June 22nd, 2015 at 5:19 pm
As someone who grew up with an apostrophe in my last name, please don’t do that to your kid as a first name! It’s an endless headache. I wasted so much time waiting for a clerk or receptionist to try every possible variation (apostrophe, no apostrophe, space, no space) in order to find me in a computer. I love my maiden name but now that I’m married I sure don’t miss the hassle.
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