Mason Name Meaning

Originally a surname for those who worked with stone, Mason is a strong masculine name that has risen steadily in popularity over the years like the walls working mason’s build stone by stone. While it was barely heard in the early 90s, it’s risen to the top ten in the 2000s.

An industrious name, Mason conveys thoughts of building, reliability, and strength. While its origins are from Middle English, the occupation is still around today and the hard work masons are known for ties directly to the name itself. These firm roots give it a strong, rugged feel similar to Hunter and Gunner.

Aside from its obvious strongman origins, Mason has an undeniably contemporary appeal thanks to the recent trend of occupational names like Deacon, Shepherd, and Sawyer. He also mixes well with other modern moniker juggernauts Liam and Noah. At the same time, he doesn’t feel too trendy thanks to his similarity to Jason, a name that has been buzzing for several decades.

Variant spellings of Mason include Mayson and Macen. He also has the nicknames Mase and Ace. Feminine variations could be Maisie, Martha or Macy. In addition, Mason has recently climbed the charts on the baby girl name charts thanks to an uptick in unisex monikers.

Infographic of Mason name meaning, which is Mason comes from an English surname meaning stoneworker.
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Mason Name Popularity

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

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 0 0%
1911 641 5 0.0013%
1912 665 13 0.0026%
1913 706 15 0.0026%
1914 561 43 0.0062%
1915 613 54 0.0059%
1916 490 97 0.01%
1917 643 52 0.0052%
1918 625 60 0.0056%
1919 566 77 0.0074%
1920 536 94 0.0085%
1921 556 92 0.008%
1922 585 85 0.0076%
1923 578 81 0.0072%
1924 636 66 0.0057%
1925 625 69 0.0061%
1926 585 76 0.0069%
1927 645 61 0.0055%
1928 601 67 0.0063%
1929 695 45 0.0043%
1930 816 29 0.0028%
1931 799 28 0.0028%
1932 721 39 0.0039%
1933 662 43 0.0046%
1934 765 30 0.0031%
1935 707 37 0.0038%
1936 946 16 0.0017%
1937 767 28 0.0028%
1938 780 29 0.0028%
1939 764 28 0.0028%
1940 783 29 0.0027%
1941 818 26 0.0023%
1942 679 51 0.004%
1943 774 34 0.0026%
1944 694 44 0.0036%
1945 967 14 0.0011%
1946 804 31 0.0021%
1947 791 40 0.0024%
1948 759 41 0.0026%
1949 869 29 0.0018%
1950 773 42 0.0026%
1951 794 42 0.0025%
1952 889 28 0.0016%
1953 900 28 0.0016%
1954 1,194 12 0.0007%
1955 733 58 0.0032%
1956 900 32 0.0017%
1957 1,254 10 0.0005%
1958 864 37 0.002%
1959 975 26 0.0014%
1960 1,002 23 0.0012%
1961 863 40 0.0021%
1962 832 42 0.0023%
1963 869 36 0.002%
1964 852 40 0.0023%
1965 816 42 0.0026%
1966 880 32 0.002%
1967 935 24 0.0016%
1968 749 55 0.0037%
1969 704 78 0.0051%
1970 621 126 0.0079%
1971 684 97 0.0065%
1972 740 71 0.0052%
1973 679 90 0.0069%
1974 505 202 0.0155%
1975 461 258 0.0201%
1976 525 191 0.0148%
1977 506 216 0.016%
1978 502 212 0.0158%
1979 456 274 0.0194%
1980 454 298 0.0204%
1981 468 275 0.0187%
1982 477 271 0.0181%
1983 554 185 0.0125%
1984 506 234 0.0157%
1985 388 422 0.0278%
1986 309 627 0.0415%
1987 265 792 0.0519%
1988 235 1,002 0.0643%
1989 240 1,069 0.0662%
1990 205 1,462 0.0882%
1991 158 2,024 0.1242%
1992 148 2,188 0.1371%
1993 136 2,466 0.1582%
1994 125 2,790 0.1818%
1995 103 3,625 0.2405%
1996 104 3,878 0.259%
1997 89 4,263 0.2882%
1998 83 4,657 0.3111%
1999 71 5,451 0.364%
2000 64 6,516 0.4265%
2001 53 7,446 0.4942%
2002 53 7,878 0.5257%
2003 54 7,895 0.519%
2004 51 8,617 0.5654%
2005 42 9,767 0.6388%
2006 40 10,409 0.6648%
2007 37 10,766 0.6824%
2008 35 10,479 0.678%
2009 34 10,683 0.7148%
2010 12 14,842 1.0299%
2011 2 19,507 1.3692%
2012 2 18,964 1.3308%
2013 4 17,688 1.2423%
2014 3 17,192 1.18%
2015 3 16,610 1.1416%
2016 4 15,230 1.0563%
2017 7 13,502 0.9674%
2018 9 12,435 0.9051%
2019 9 11,408 0.8427%
2020 11 9,853 0.7741%
2021 18 9,040 0.7395%

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Names Like Mason

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


What names are diminutives of Mason?

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

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Mace

Heavy staff or club

English

Son
Sonnie

Son

English

Sonny

Son

English


What names sound like Mason?

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

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Cason

Son of the marsh-dwellers

Scottish

Jason

To heal

Greek

Kason

Created name

American

Mabon

Son

Welsh

Macon
Maslon

Little Thomas

French

Masos

Happiness

Hebrew


What names are similar to Mason?

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

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Archer

Bowman

English

Carter

Cart user

English

Cooper

Barrel maker

English

Deacon

Dusty one; servant; messenger

Greek

Hunter

Hunter

English

Parker

Keeper of the park

English

Sawyer

Wood Cutter

English

Taylor

Tailor; to cut

French

Thatcher

Roof thatcher

English

Tyler

Tiler

English


Lists With Mason

Find inspiration in these baby boy name lists featuring the name Mason.


Siblings of Mason

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

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Isabella

Devoted to God

Italian

Lilliann

Lily

Latin

Daylan

American

Madison

Son of Maud

English

Adam

Man

Hebrew

Hannah

Grace

Hebrew

Owen

Noble born

Welsh

28 Comments

  1. Edward Cullen’s middle name is Masen. I didn’t really like the spelling so I changed the E to an O. Mason.

  2. My husband is Jason. We combined our names to get Jason. Mason just happens to be on the top 10 boy names list and so is his middle name, which we chose after my dad.

  3. 22 years ago , I named my 1st Son , Mason
    I chose the name , because it was a strong name and I knew it was perfect for him ! He has lived up to his name , he is both strong headed & is a man of impeccable strength . When you hug him , he feels like a brick ! I call him Sonny or Mase
    ?, would choose Mason for his name all over again

  4. Mason was not a well thought out choice. My husband and I found out we were pregnant again so i text him one day, “I need ideas, I only know his middle name.” So we started naming them off and as soon as he said Mason. I looked at it and just knew, “Mason Thomas, that’s it.” Of course it wasn’t until later that I realized Mason brand Jars are still a thing ???? and my in-laws have not stopped nicknaming him ‘jar-jar’. It’s cute but sometimes it’s annoying. I still love his name, i find it strong considering a mason works with his hands. Which a lot of our family members are hard laborers, we’ve always worked with our hands.

    • Oh my goodness , my son has the exact same name with the accepting of his middle name, Philip. My brain went blank for boys names ? my friend suggested it, and it sounded good with my surname Thomas.. Mason Philip Thomas… Call him Ace for short. Its a very popular surname….

  5. When pregnant I was having a hard time finding a name for my second baby which was a boy. I literally had a notebook every page front and back with three columns on each page with bot names. Boyfriend wanted his oldest son to name his brother, so I said okay let’s see what he comes up with. Few weeks later get call from his son and says what about Anthony Brian? Or Brian Anthony? Absolutely not I said. So here o was going through names again. I wanted a name that no one could really make fun of or have lots of hurtful nicknames for that people would tease him. I don’t want my kids to come home from school and say mom ? saying kids are making fun of his name. So one night I had a dream about the name Mason. Woke up the next day and went through all names I had written down and Mason was another one of them. So Mason was the name i chose. Dad is a Jr. Richard Drew Raymond, Jr. And my kid being Richard Drew Raymond, III was just out of the question not happening. Okay now what will middle name be. Got me now im go I no crazy for a middle name. Believe it or not but I was in the bathroom when I got a middle name, what about dad’s middle name I asked myself. That’s it Mason Drew Raymond. Dad said MDR he’s coming to be a doctor one day. My first sons name is Jason Allen Lawson.

    • Forgot to add a few days later while in car T street crossroads I noticed that the name for the road we lived off of was called Mason.

  6. My husband and I agreed on Mason. It was one of the names we both liked so that’s why we chose it.

  7. I wanted a name that wasn’t super common but yet when people hear it they know exactly how to spell it.

  8. My husband chose the name. I love his full name all together. His initials spell M.a.p.
    Mason alexander perry

  9. Big brother is Patrick so we wanted a name that goes together

  10. Mason just stuck with me. Any other name wasn’t the right name.

  11. How we chose Mason’s name, a because our daughter was throwing names out and Mason was one of them, in which hubby and I really liked.
    What we like about his name is that his middle name to is kist seemed t flow with the name Mason. We had toyed with the names Cooper and Noah, but then Mason really stuck.
    I’d like to share that Mason fits him well.hes a sweet baby and loves to cuddle. We call him “cuddle bug Mason”. ?

  12. I pick the name mason because it goes with his twin sister name Madison

  13. I just always loved the name Mason had it picked seens I was a child

  14. 10 years ago when we decided, Mason was an unpopular name at the time but has grown very popular. It was his dad’s middle name, and his great grandpas first name 🙂 i chose Alexander because of the Catholic meaning behind it and how strong of a name it sounded. Syllables have always taken part in my name decisions! ?

  15. I choose Mason because of how strong and brave my little one is..he will be a hard working little champ one day?

  16. We went through literally hundreds of names before we decided on Mason. We both liked the name. Thought it was trendy with a classic twist. However we had to do some stretching as our other children all have names with strong means and biblical ties. We decided that Mason (taken from masonry/stone work) would symbolize Christ as our Rock, building our life on a firm foundation. (Mason is our only child together, we have a “Brady Bunch” scenario with my husband bringing 2 boys and myself bringing 2 girls to the marriage. We felt Mason was the final “stone” in our family tying us all together). Mason’s middle name is Jeremiah taken directly from our life and family verse Jeremiah 29:11.

  17. I was trying to find something to watch and keeping up with the Cardations came up and i heard the name Mason i never heard that name before I fell in love with the name and it goes real well with wayne

  18. I love the name and I saw a sign at a baseball game we are big baseball fan and the company is W.B.Mason and I just loved it so that how he got his name

  19. It took us so long to choose his name! He was a surprise gender and we decided on a girls name right away but his name we didn’t decide until about a month before he was born. But we chose The name “Mason Chance E.” Because of the strength it embodies. Mason is a strong name for a boy and the middle name “Chance” is an ode to his gender being our favorite surprise ever!

  20. Mason seemed like a nice classic name that wasn’t too common

  21. His dad name him I don’t really know why he pick that name he says it fit him ? I think Mason is a beautiful name ..

  22. I’ve always loved the name.y sister was supposed to be a mason if she was a boy.. that was 20 years ago. I new we needed a mason in the family

  23. I Chose Mason because it was a strong name. In the Bible it means “and artificer of stone”. As he grows older we want to teach him to be a “mason for Christ” as my dad put it.

  24. The unique strength of the name and my son’s personality.

  25. Call me old fashioned but I love a good classic name. I grew up with a uniquely spelled name (I don’t think it’s all that unique nowadays) and as a child I loathed it. Because of this it was important to me to find a classic name for my child. It took a little bit to narrow down which name went with the middle name “Charles” (family name) but once we saw the name Mason we knew it was perfect. I don’t dislike anything about the name Mason and I’m very pleased to say the name matches my son perfectly.

  26. My husband wanted a name to start with ‘M’ to have the same initials as him. Mason is a name that we have loved for a few years before trying to get pregnant. My son’s middle name is Everett. Mason Everett sounded better than Everett Mason. Everett is in honor of my grandfather.


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