Addison Name Meaning

A trendy choice from English origins, Addison means “son of Adam.” Despite her masculine roots, she’s made the transition into the female column, slowly gracing more and more birth announcements since first hitting the U.S. top 1000 charts in 1994.

Like her rhyming sister Madison, Addison is a surname name, a trend that has taken the world by storm. She’s also unisex, a trend that isn’t going away anytime soon. By hitting these two marks, Addison is a stylish choice for any little girl. She’s a bold choice in a world of frilly names, standing apart as a strong, posh moniker without the cutesy -ee or -ella endings dotting the charts.

Addison is a natural-born leader, ready to command any room, even if it’s just an audience of dolls and stuffed animals. She unwavering in her strength, equipped with a name that she can wear through adulthood with pride. She’ll never seem too young by her name, easily presiding over a courtroom or treating a patient alike.

Addison comes with the precious nickname of Addie and various alternative spellings like Addyson and Addisyn which may make her a more popular choice than one might think. Similar names include Avery, Emerson, and Peyton.

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Addison Name Popularity

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

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 0 0%
1911 0 0%
1912 0 0%
1913 0 0%
1914 0 0%
1915 0 0%
1916 0 0%
1917 0 0%
1918 0 0%
1919 0 0%
1920 0 0%
1921 0 0%
1922 0 0%
1923 0 0%
1924 0 0%
1925 0 0%
1926 0 0%
1927 0 0%
1928 0 0%
1929 0 0%
1930 0 0%
1931 0 0%
1932 0 0%
1933 0 0%
1934 0 0%
1935 0 0%
1936 0 0%
1937 0 0%
1938 0 0%
1939 0 0%
1940 0 0%
1941 0 0%
1942 0 0%
1943 0 0%
1944 0 0%
1945 0 0%
1946 0 0%
1947 0 0%
1948 0 0%
1949 0 0%
1950 0 0%
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 0 0%
1984 0 0%
1985 0 0%
1986 3,183 5 0.0003%
1987 3,013 6 0.0004%
1988 2,910 7 0.0004%
1989 2,075 22 0.0014%
1990 2,208 21 0.0013%
1991 1,746 39 0.0024%
1992 1,440 64 0.004%
1993 1,158 102 0.0065%
1994 803 203 0.0132%
1995 655 281 0.0186%
1996 538 396 0.0264%
1997 466 499 0.0337%
1998 400 652 0.0436%
1999 368 772 0.0516%
2000 323 951 0.0623%
2001 271 1,132 0.0751%
2002 219 1,442 0.0962%
2003 189 1,693 0.1113%
2004 161 2,035 0.1335%
2005 107 3,006 0.1966%
2006 28 7,616 0.4864%
2007 11 11,946 0.7571%
2008 12 10,759 0.6961%
2009 12 10,659 0.7131%
2010 11 10,324 0.7164%
2011 13 9,297 0.6526%
2012 14 8,175 0.5737%
2013 19 7,727 0.5427%
2014 24 6,983 0.4793%
2015 24 6,713 0.4614%
2016 29 6,316 0.4381%
2017 34 5,593 0.4007%
2018 35 5,203 0.3787%
2019 47 4,473 0.3304%
2020 47 4,348 0.3416%

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Names Like Addison

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


What names are diminutives of Addison?

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

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Ada

Noble one

German

Addie

Noble; son of Adam

German

Addy

Noble; noble; son of Adam; noble kind

German


What names are variants of Addison?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Addison.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Addeson

Son of Adam

English

Addyson

Son of Adam

English

Adison

Son of Adam

English

Adisson

Son of Adam

English


What names sound like Addison?

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

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Adelaide

Noble one

German

Adele

Noble; noble kind; noble, soft, tender

German

Adelina

Noble kind; small winged one

Latin

Adeline

Noble one

German

Adelyn

Noble one

German

Adesina

My coming has opened the way

African

Madelyn

Woman from Magdala

English

Madison

Son of Maud

English


What names are similar to Addison?

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

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Bailey

Bailiff

English

Brooklyn

Broken land

English

Harper

Harp Player

English

Kennedy

Helmeted head

Irish

Mackenzie

Son of Coinneach

Scottish

Piper

Pipe player

English

Presley

Priest clearing

English

Quinn

Descendent of Conn

Irish

Reagan

Descendent of Riagan

Irish

Riley

Rye clearing

Irish


Lists With Addison

Find inspiration in these baby girl name lists featuring the name Addison.


Siblings of Addison

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

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Charlotte

Free man

French

Paityn

Unknown

Sara

Princess

Hebrew

Jackson

Son of Jack

English

Richard

Brave ruler

German

8 Comments

  1. Hmm, ? Well, I’ve had the name “Addison” picked out since I was pregnant with my 1st. I’ve always LOVED the name because it’s unique & not many people have that name where I’m from. Well, my Dad came up wit the name “Leeanah” & asked me how I liked it. I’m guessing because MY name is Savannah & there’s a BUNCH of “Lee’s” in my family also. My mom, who passed away in 2012 of Melanoma skin cancer, her Father’s middle name is Lee, My Grandfather’s middle name is Lee, & My brother named his son Lee as well. Sooo, I think my Dad just combined my name with Lee & came up wit Leeanah. I came up wit her middle name “Letty” like from the movie “The Fast & The Furious” & because my mother’s name was “Betty” middle name “Louise“.
    So, that’s how I came up with my eldest daughter, Leeanah Letty’s, name!??
    But back to the story of my 3rd daughters name “Addison Sophia” I had the name picked out since I was pregnant with my first daughter but when my dad introduced the name Leeanah to me, I decided to go with that name for her instead & then when I got pregnant with my second daughter I fell in love with the name I had came up with, “Hailynn Brook” I thought it was so you need going to have never heard it before and I just took the E off of Brooke just to change it up a little bit so her name will be more different, more unique. Sooo, when I got pregnant wit my 3rd daughter I finally decided to use the name Addison and middle name Sophia because that was also ANOTHER name I had since my 1st daughter lol & because my sister asked me one day when I was deciding names if I chose one and asked me what did I think about the name Sophia and I told her I had already had that name on my list so I went with that name for her middle name for sure then! ????

  2. When your name is Addison and you were born in 2007 and see the chart for popularity and see that it was highest in 2007 and there are like 5 other people in your grade named Addison:

  3. My husband and I wanted to find a name that could make a nickname easily from the formal name. We like Addison because we have given the nickname of addie or addie cat and it makes our baby smile

  4. I chose Addison because I have always thought it’s pretty and I like a lot of A names. I don’t particularly like that it means son of Adam. It was once considered a boy’s name, now it’s unisex.

  5. As my name is Addison I think they should have another meaning for girls. I found in another baby name book that a girl named Addison meaning is Awesome. But Son Of Adam makes no sense for a girl. But otherwise It is a fun name.

    • Addison, I love your name! Now I am not going to use it for a new baby girl, but I am going to rescue a cat and my sister offered this as a name for her. Right now she is known as “Unknown” as she is a rescue. This just broke my heart. She deserves a home and a loving family. She is beautiful as her name will be!

  6. I spell my daughters name Adyson. Beautiful name for a beautiful daughter

  7. As a boy’s name it means; son of Adam. And her daddy’s name is Adam, so it was a perfect fit for us!


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