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Origin: Old English
Meaning: Son of Soldier

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Madison

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Madison in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Madison:

  • Records indicate that 4,910 boys in the United States have been named Madison since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1995, when 270 people in the U.S. were given the name Madison. Those people are now 25 years old.

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      34 Positive Comments

  • "Madison started off as a family name, morphed into a surname for men, and then after "SPLASH!" in 1984 there was a frenzy, and still is, of people naming their girls Madison. We Americans are sooooo imitative, and now 35 years later everyone is convinced it is a female name and always was! Good grief! I saw on the news that we have a new Congressman, Madison Cawthron, and he's a guy. I'm willing to bet money that we will start seeing a flurry of boys being named Madison." Nov. 9, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son?s name is Madison. My husband and I were set on the name for a boy a long time ago, and we still love it. Family and friends gave us a hard time at first, since it?s become such a popular girls name, but my husband and I both grew up with male Madisons. We gave him Richard as a middle name, and if he chooses to go by Richard in the future, that?s fine. We usually call him Mads, though some use Maddie." Nov. 27, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Madison and he is now 26 years old. I don't think he minds it a bit. I had also met a man about 35 down in Georgia right after I had my son and his name was Madison too. So I think the name has been around a while and not just for girls either." Feb. 20, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Madison, and sadly, this is the second year of me being teased. In 3rd grade I just went by my middle name (zakai [zuh---k---eye) because a girl moved in named Madison. But now I am in 6th grade and it started happening again, but they won't let me go by anything else. I don't know what to do. I was named after 2 other people in my family, and I refuse to change my name. I don't want them to go heartbroken! What should I do?" Oct. 13, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "American meaning "gift of God" ... How much more meaningful could it be!" Jun. 8, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Madison as a middle name over 30 years ago. He loves his name and has not been teased. I see it being a stron male name." Dec. 8, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "I LOVE the name Madison for a boy. I like names that can be both boys and girls names. I would name my son Madison, but when I tell people that they say he'll get teased. I think thats really stupid. Madison was originally a boys name, so boys shouldn't be teased for having it. It's the best name ever!!" Aug. 26, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "i think what you name your child effects them for the rest of their lives. It shapes the contour of there personality. just by saying the name Madison sounds like a girl. My daughters name is Madison and when she was born i called her the honorable Madison ******(implying her being a judge)she fits the discript, very strong willed; and though names are easily interchangeable for females i do not believe the same for males!" May. 14, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Madison in 1996. I had no idea people had started using it as a girl's name. I am an historian and admire Alexander Hamilton and James Madison. I had too many Alexanders in my family so we used it as a middle name and made Madison the first name. I had only ever known it as a boy's name until after my son was born. I wonder how Madison Hedgecock, the fullback for the New York Giants would feel about people calling it a girl's name." Aug. 29, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My maternal grandfather's name was Madison; however, he despised the nickname Matty and only used his initials M. S. after he was a grown man with a family. (One of his great great grand daughters is named Madison, but I don't know if her parents are even aware of the family connection of the name.)" Jun. 28, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "i have a friend named madison at first i through it was weird but he really really suits it. i now think it is more of a boys name then a girls. his nickname is madoe which is prefect for a boy." Jun. 7, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I first heard the name "Madison" in the movie "Splash" and remember thinking then it was kind of bizarre, especially for a girl. But just recently it has become so popular for girls that nobody bats an eyelash over it, even though the meaning makes more sense for a boy. But it's cool for girls to have strong names too. I have a cousin named Madison, she's a doll (just don't try calling her Maddy!!!) Good name for a boy or girl imo." Dec. 31, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Maddison and 'm a girl, and I love my name for both girls and boys. the first time i met a boy named madison i was excited!" Dec. 27, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Madison and i am a GIRL! To me, Madison sounds like a pretty name not a handsome name but that is my opinion..." Aug. 10, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is madison. i am a 14 year old GIRL. i think it would be really weird to know someone with the name madison as a boy. i am a girl and yes i know tons of people with the name madison but they are all girls. it just does not fit a boy in any way. it is not a good boy name. I LOVE MY NAME!" Mar. 9, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Im Pregnant at the moment, due anytime now, ive told people im going to call my son madison and all they have done is mouth off or pull faces, it hurts my feelings and my partners, and we started to justify our reasons of choosing the name, now we no we shouldnt have to justify our reasons to anybody as its our choice, although it give me great relief knowing it was originally a boys name and i feel now that it sounds very masculine, i just think people who want to comment on my baby boys name negatively are rude.." Feb. 27, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Madison i am 16 years and i am a boy.Personally i think its a boys name hence the SON at the end. also its meanin is SON of maud." Dec. 18, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Madison. I would get weird looks from most people because I guess the name has become popular for a girls name in the last 6 years. I loved the name and was going to name my child weather boy or girl. I loved the name but I got it from being in NY. His nickname is Madi. It suits him and I love that I chose it for him. Even though people think, it is just for girls." Nov. 20, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is madison , im 14 yrs old and in high school, i get teased alot,i started to beleive that it wasnt a boys name because at my school theres like 10 girls named madison and ive never met any other boys named madison." Oct. 24, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Madison, and so many people spell it wrong! I also spell my nickname 'Madi' and so many people can't understand it! I don't understand why because it's just Madison without the son, but so many spell it Maddie or Maddy or Mady or Madie. It's strange! I haven't meant another girl - or boy - who spells it Madi." Aug. 14, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Preston Kramer Madison and I definitely like it... Though it's become popular as a girl's name because of a film, the origin and ethymology make it the perfect choice for a handsome charming guy as myself." Jul. 29, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter is Madison too! And I like many others picked it up originally from Splash and then from a Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeifer (not sure how to spell her last name)movie! I personally think it is a strong female name when used as Madison. We call her Madi at times, but she is young. My only issue after we named her was the increase in popularity of the name or should I say the reported increase. Supposedly its been a top 10 for years now. But in 2 years of preschool we have never had 1 Madison in her class nor ran across 1 except a 5 year old when my daughter first entered the program! So I think it can be a region thing too! It all just depends. Plus, I think if you like the name and it is spelled correctly and not so bizarre that your child won't be taunted...then go for it!" Mar. 4, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter's name is Madison. I think since the movie Splash, about the mermaid, it's become viewed more as a girl's name." Oct. 9, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Do you think it would be better as a boy or girls name?" Aug. 27, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My grandson's name is Madison so I think it is for both genders. If you look it up, it means good son...." Aug. 20, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Madison, i am a girl, and people can always pronounce my name right but sometimes people spell mt name with two D's like, Maddison, all my friends call me Maddie, and my mom got my name from the movie "Splash."" Aug. 15, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughters name is Madison Grace. I think the meaning of her name fits her well, as she is strong willed. She looks like a Madison and sometimes I call her Mattie. I think it is a great girls name and it is a classic." Aug. 14, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name isnt madison, but I am thinking about naming my baby if its a boy, Madison. What do you think of Madison for a boy's name?" May. 28, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is madison, i am a boy, and i am proud of my name. I have never met another boy with the name 'madison,' but i have met lots of girls with the name 'madison.'" May. 2, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "It IS an odd name for a girl given its etymology: 'Son of...'. Great name!" Apr. 2, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I Love the name Madison, Im having a baby boy, but I've heard is a girl's name which it makes me feel confused, It sounds more like a boy's name, anyway, is unique and not common here in England!" Feb. 24, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Madison, and im a guy. I like my name. A lot of people say its a girls name, but I dont think its a girly name because the name itself means "Son of the mighty warrior" Or "Son of" Why would you name your daughter "The son of". Surname of a president, name of many towns and cities/streets, a great name for a guy." Jun. 27, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "The name Madison is not modern. It is old as the hills. Check out the decade it was popular, and how long this name has been around." Dec. 22, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter was born in 1992, when the name was not popular, pretty much unheard of. Well now its one of the top 5 girl names of 2005, So much for uncommon names, right I still love the name, and my daughter is still the only Madison in her class." Dec. 21, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      3 Negative Comments

  • "Im a guy named Madison who gets teased about his name ofton, even by teachers. Dont name your son Madison, its bad parenting" May. 2, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "hi im 12 and my name is madison shea....i have never heard my name used on a guy!!! i dont like my name and i go by maddie with my friends :)" Jul. 31, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "love it for a boys name.. but won't use it because its in the top 5 names for girls these days... too bad though.. i think a boy would get teased too much if it was used." Oct. 6, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      21 Neutral Comments

  • "I love all the moms on here. Just stop it. Madison is a girls name. Don?t. Just don?t." Nov. 29, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hiya. I'm a male Madison born in the 70s. I had never heard of any female named Madison until that film "Splash". grrrrr ha ha ha I'm usually thought of as a female until I either show my face or write in an email "Madison (male)". I've never gotten any flak over it though. I was pretty much an adult by the time the film came out and girls started being named Madison/Maddison. So, I didn't experience any teasing or anything like that. I love my name!!! Wouldn't change it for the world. :-) My nicknames are "Mad", "Maddo", and "Mad Man"." Dec. 22, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son was born in 1990.My husband and I chose the name Madison because of the meaning, "Son of the mighty warrior" It seemed to be the perfect fit with my husband in the Army,82nd ABN. Now I wish we just picked a Biblical name instead of something unique.Our son was constantly teased by kids in school and adults because he had a "girls" name which was not our intent at all when we named him.He is looking into changing his name to Michael." Oct. 3, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Madison and I'm a 16 year old girl. The name Madison is not masculine to me, but I think it could be a cute boy's name. They say because of the SON at the end, it makes it masculine. This is not true. Do you also think AliSON is a boy name?" Jul. 14, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "im a guy with the name madison. i get teased here or there. its super awful though when a teacher calls my name, i say here and they say no really is madison here?" Jan. 19, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter's name is Madison. We call her Maddie. It suits her very well. Sometimes I call her Mads. When I was in school I only knew one Madison and it was a boy. I don't mind that, it works well both ways in my opinion. :)" Dec. 27, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a 16 Year old guy named Madison, and let me tell you it used to bother me but not so much anymore. There are tons of Madison (Girls) in my classes and it does get confusing. The most frustrating part is when people ask if its a girl's name. People making fun of my name used to be a big problem, but now I've just come to shake it off. I mean, I like my name, and where is the logic in making fun of somebody's name when its their parents who picked it?" Sep. 14, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Well my birth name is Madison and I am male, but I hated it. I had my name legally changed to Jacob Ryan instead of Madison Ryan. Now looking back on it I see that Madison is really a boys name and a girls name, mostly a boys. I kinda regret having my name changed now, but I picked my name out and really love it. Doesn't it just sound so awesome "Jacob" or "Jake" my nickname." Jan. 1, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm named Madison, I'm 15 too boot, so it's no picnic with this name. When I say my nickname, Mady, most people think it's Matty or Marky. Every person, and I mean EVERY PERSON says, "Your name's Madison? Isn't that a girl name? Your the first guy I've met with that name." I've know 7 Madisons in my life, all girls. It's not a bad name, it just comes with some extra explaining and several nicknames to remember." Aug. 31, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Madison and I am a BOY!! It started as a boys name and I think it should remain that way. After all, the name is madiSON. But my nickname is Mado. :)" Jun. 22, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is Madison and thiar is one other person in my school named that and we are both girls thay call her maddie and am Madison evean if its a boy and a girl name i think it better for a girl in the long run i mean your boy will be made fun of and be called some stupid names that the other children will make up and it sounds like a girls name." Jun. 17, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi, My name is Madison and i am a boy. I dont think my name is bad but i have been teased once or twice but not much. it is a very uniche and cool name for a boy because it means son of or son of a warrior. I think madison is more of a boys name it even sounds it." Sep. 26, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son Madison because the name itself means "Son of the mighty warrior" and when my husband was looking for names online, he also found it to mean "Son of Matthew" which of course he liked because his name is Matthew LOL" Sep. 26, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My Little sister's name is madison. My parents had gotten the name from me. But i had gotten the name from the movie splash." Apr. 21, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My great grandfathers name was Madison! Its heartbreaking that now these days everyone thinks Madison is a girls name. I think Madison sound more like a boys name. I named my son Madison Shane, we call him sonny sometimes as a nickname for Madison." Aug. 30, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is madison iam a girl my parents got the idea from the movie splash" Aug. 6, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Madison, and I am 17 years old. In the city I live in, I have only met one other girl my age with the name. I love it, but I hate it when people call me Maddie. It's so cute when little girls come up to me and say "My name is Madison too!" It makes me feel special." Jun. 17, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "its kinda weird that it can be a boys name too its pretty im a girl and i like my name but its also weird that im named after a warrior but im a tom boy so what" May. 2, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is madison, i am ten years old and i love my name. i have found it to be very unique after all i am named after a president. What could be greater? Answer: nothing" Feb. 10, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have a niece named Madison Paige. We all call her Maddy" Nov. 21, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • ""Madison" seemed to become popular for a girl's name after the movie "Splash". What's interesting is that the mermaid's name was not "Madison"; she (the mermaid) picked it up off a street sign in NYC. So, actually these young girls are being named after a street!" May. 27, 2006: Report as inappropriate

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