Hudson Name Meaning

There’s a new cool kid on the block in the form of Hudson. An up-and-coming who’s been basking in recent fame, Hudson is bursting with the style and charm of a seasoned chart pro.

Boyish and wild with his adorable nickname of Hud, Hudson is the ultimate name for a rambunctious youngster. He’s a name of great energy and adventure, the first one to jump into the pool or set out into new territory. He isn’t afraid of the unknown and is always looking for the next thrill.

Hudson fits many of today’s top trends. He’s a surname pick with a posh feel, a less popular pick than Carter or Mason. He also walks the line between being a place pick and a nature find, as he’s the name of the winding Hudson River in New York. He also packs a punch of old-school chic feel, working well with the vintage trend that’s ushered in names like George and Theodore. He also has the trendy -son ending seen in Jackson and Grayson.

Hudson has a distinct sound that’s somehow soft and strong at the same time. He marches to the beat of his own drum of course, the perfect name for a little one that loves to do his own thing. He isn’t ruled by norms and is always seeking to push the limits.

Infographic of Hudson name meaning, which is Hudson is an English name meaning son of Hudd.
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Hudson Name Popularity

How popular is the name Hudson? Here’s everything we know.

  • In 2018 Hudson was the 54th most popular boys name, representing 0.476% of boy births in the U.S.

  • Since 1910 Hudson has been the 401st most popular boys name, representing 0.0388% of boy births in the U.S.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 0 0%
1911 0 0%
1912 0 0%
1913 0 0%
1914 0 0%
1915 0 0%
1916 1,047 12 0.0012%
1917 1,523 5 0.0005%
1918 1,153 10 0.0009%
1919 927 20 0.0019%
1920 1,361 6 0.0005%
1921 1,198 11 0.001%
1922 1,653 5 0.0004%
1923 0 0%
1924 0 0%
1925 1,161 11 0.001%
1926 1,151 12 0.0011%
1927 1,479 5 0.0005%
1928 1,526 5 0.0005%
1929 1,513 5 0.0005%
1930 0 0%
1931 0 0%
1932 0 0%
1933 0 0%
1934 0 0%
1935 1,257 6 0.0006%
1936 1,411 5 0.0005%
1937 0 0%
1938 0 0%
1939 1,354 5 0.0005%
1940 0 0%
1941 1,210 6 0.0005%
1942 1,399 5 0.0004%
1943 0 0%
1944 0 0%
1945 0 0%
1946 0 0%
1947 0 0%
1948 0 0%
1949 1,452 5 0.0003%
1950 1,358 6 0.0004%
1951 0 0%
1952 0 0%
1953 0 0%
1954 0 0%
1955 0 0%
1956 0 0%
1957 0 0%
1958 0 0%
1959 0 0%
1960 0 0%
1961 0 0%
1962 0 0%
1963 0 0%
1964 0 0%
1965 0 0%
1966 0 0%
1967 0 0%
1968 0 0%
1969 0 0%
1970 0 0%
1971 0 0%
1972 0 0%
1973 0 0%
1974 0 0%
1975 0 0%
1976 0 0%
1977 0 0%
1978 0 0%
1979 0 0%
1980 0 0%
1981 0 0%
1982 0 0%
1983 1,858 6 0.0004%
1984 0 0%
1985 2,196 5 0.0003%
1986 0 0%
1987 1,923 7 0.0005%
1988 0 0%
1989 1,573 18 0.0011%
1990 1,657 17 0.001%
1991 1,296 33 0.002%
1992 1,541 23 0.0014%
1993 1,098 57 0.0037%
1994 1,097 60 0.0039%
1995 1,043 69 0.0046%
1996 651 211 0.0141%
1997 733 158 0.0107%
1998 662 212 0.0142%
1999 715 184 0.0123%
2000 584 296 0.0194%
2001 515 397 0.0263%
2002 485 437 0.0292%
2003 391 633 0.0416%
2004 327 896 0.0588%
2005 274 1,197 0.0783%
2006 252 1,350 0.0862%
2007 206 1,876 0.1189%
2008 176 2,232 0.1444%
2009 150 2,637 0.1764%
2010 140 2,834 0.1967%
2011 112 3,427 0.2405%
2012 93 4,208 0.2953%
2013 87 4,665 0.3277%
2014 80 5,234 0.3592%
2015 65 6,038 0.415%
2016 61 6,114 0.4241%
2017 64 5,755 0.4124%
2018 54 6,540 0.476%

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Data via SSA.gov.


Names Like Hudson

If you like Hudson, you’ll love these other names like Hudson.


What names are diminutives of Hudson?

A diminutive is a name that’s like Hudson sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Hudson, but shorter.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Hud

Hooded

English

Hudd

Brave Ruler

English

Huddie

What names sound like Hudson?

If you like how Hudson sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Hudson.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Edson

Son of Edward

English

#1,570 (0.0028%)  
Haddon

Hill of heather

English

#2,879 (0.0004%)  
Hadon

Hill of heather

English

Hanson

Son of Hans

Scandinavian

#1,810 (0.0018%)  
Hedeon

Russian

Hewson

Son of Hugh

English

Hobson

Son of Robert

English

Hodgson

Son of Roger

English

Hutton

Settlement on the bluff

English

Judsen

Praised

Greek

Judson

Praised

Greek

#867 (0.0132%)  

What names are similar to Hudson?

Find a name that’s like Hudson, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Atticus

From Attica

Latin

#325 (0.0713%)  
Benson

Son of Ben

#456 (0.0432%)  
Camden

Valley

English

#152 (0.1842%)  
Cameron

Crooked nose

Scottish

#69 (0.3837%)  
Dawson

Son of David

English

#194 (0.1509%)  
Easton

East town

English

#66 (0.3944%)  
Griffin

Strong in faith

Welsh

#222 (0.12%)  
Sawyer

Wood Cutter

English

#99 (0.2808%)  
Thatcher

Roof thatcher

English

#754 (0.0177%)  
Weston

West town

English

#102 (0.2732%)  

Lists With Hudson

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Siblings of Hudson

Mamas with kids named Hudson also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Noah

To rest

Hebrew

#2 (1.3296%)  
William

A willing protector

German

#3 (1.0566%)  
Austin

Great

English

#81 (0.3379%)  
Harrison

Son of Harry

English

#115 (0.2462%)  
Aiden

Little fire

Irish

#19 (0.7263%)  
Selah

Rock

Hebrew

#423 (0.0502%)  
Bram

Bramble; a thicket of wild gorse; raven

Scottish

#2,816 (0.0004%)  
Fanny

From France

Latin

Athan

Eternal life

Greek

#1,679 (0.0023%)  
Brigid

Exalted one

Gaelic

#2,094 (0.0019%)  
Annalise

Created name

German

#411 (0.0506%)  
Tyson

Firebrand

English

#351 (0.0654%)  
Ruben

Spanish

#413 (0.0515%)  

8 Comments

  1. We wanted a name that started with H that could represent my maiden name. When we found Hudson, it was perfect for that reason and because of the Hudson River- our honeymoon was in New York! So Hudson it was!

  2. Strong and masculine

  3. This name means “strong” and references the missionary Hudson Taylor. We love the way it sounds and it has been a great name for our boy!

  4. Hudson is actually a family name on my husband’s side. This little one is the 3rd(even thought there are more further back the family line.) He has a good solid distinguishing name to grow with him. The only thing we have seen as a challenge is a nickname to call him, since my husband and father in law are all Hudson. My FIL is Randy(their middle name) and husband is Hudson. We like Hud or H, both are very simple and easy for a child to learn and write. We live in the country and have a small gentleman’s farm, Hud kind of fits our lifestyle, but I don’t know if it suits this little boy yet or not.

  5. Mom named him
    Dislike middle name ex Best friend

  6. named after missionary to China, Hudson Taylor

  7. I chose Hudson cause i loved seeing it embroidered on stuff i just thought it was a cute name

  8. I wanted a strong name!


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