Madison Name Meaning

With a little help from a certain New York City street, Madison came onto the female baby name scene in the 1980s before climbing the charts the following decade. She’s as fashionable as the Big Apple yet as relatable as the girl next door, with her surname style and unisex ambiguity serving her well.

Madison fits in with Reagan and Kennedy, two popular surname names that also happen to double up as presidential monikers like she does. She distinguishes herself as an easy favorite however with her precious nickname option of Maddie, also shared with the classic Madeline or contemporary twist Madelyn. She’s easy to spell and pronounce, yet has variants like Maddison or Madisyn for those looking for a unique flair.

A little Madison is a natural leader, propelled by her stately roots. She isn’t afraid to speak up for what’s right or give a lengthy speech about things closest to her heart, even if it’s skipping nap time in favor of a trip to the park. Madison is spirited afterall and she marches to the beat of her own drum. This charisma will carry her far whether she’s passionately defending a cause or selling cookies as a Girl Scout.

Distant cousins include Matilda or Maude with modern choices like Avery or Harper similar in style.

Infographic of Madison name meaning, which is English for son of Maud, Madison is also a surname.
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Madison Name Popularity

How popular is the name Madison? 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 2,873 6 0.0004%
1985 623 251 0.0165%
1986 367 612 0.0405%
1987 320 719 0.0471%
1988 300 800 0.0513%
1989 224 1,199 0.0743%
1990 204 1,386 0.0836%
1991 128 2,460 0.1509%
1992 107 3,151 0.1974%
1993 78 4,379 0.2809%
1994 51 6,261 0.408%
1995 29 9,774 0.6485%
1996 15 13,410 0.8956%
1997 10 15,188 1.0269%
1998 9 17,786 1.1883%
1999 7 18,053 1.2055%
2000 3 19,967 1.3071%
2001 2 22,164 1.471%
2002 2 21,773 1.4529%
2003 3 20,197 1.3276%
2004 3 20,622 1.353%
2005 3 19,566 1.2797%
2006 3 18,625 1.1895%
2007 5 17,958 1.1382%
2008 6 17,027 1.1017%
2009 7 15,235 1.0193%
2010 8 13,176 0.9143%
2011 8 12,381 0.869%
2012 9 11,392 0.7994%
2013 9 10,591 0.7439%
2014 9 10,315 0.708%
2015 11 10,087 0.6933%
2016 15 9,014 0.6252%
2017 17 7,847 0.5622%
2018 22 7,036 0.5121%
2019 26 6,269 0.4631%
2020 23 6,104 0.4796%

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Names Like Madison

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


What names are diminutives of Madison?

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

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Maddie

Woman from Magdala; maiden; young, unmarried woman

Hebrew

Maddy

Woman from Magdala; maiden; young, unmarried woman

Hebrew


What names are variants of Madison?

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

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Maddison

Son of Maud

English

Madisen

Son of the mighty warrior

English

Madisson

Son of Maud

English

Madisyn

Son of the mighty warrior

English

Madyson

Son of the mighty warrior

English


What names sound like Madison?

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

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Addison

Son of Adam

English

Madeleine

Woman from Magdala

French

Madeline

Woman from Magdala

English


What names are similar to Madison?

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

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Avery

Elf counsel

English

Brielle

God is my strength

French

Brooklyn

Broken land

English

Harper

Harp Player

English

Kennedy

Helmeted head

Irish

Mackenzie

Son of Coinneach

Scottish

Piper

Pipe player

English

Sadie

Princess

Hebrew

Savannah

Large, grassy plain

English

Skylar

Noble scholar

English


Lists With Madison

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


Siblings of Madison

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

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Natalie

Christmas Day

French

Mason

Stoneworker

English

Adam

Man

Hebrew

River

Flowing body of water

English

Fielding

The field

English

Ireland
Penn

Enclosure; hill

English

Sofia

Wisdom

Greek

Samuel

Name of God

Hebrew

Dean

Valley

English

16 Comments

  1. Love names that start with M. If she was a boywould have gone with Miles as the name. Love that her nickname will be Maddie. Madison is also a strong name and will suit her Leo personality.

  2. Just loved the name

  3. I love my name, and I think my mom and dad did a great job naming me. I -personally- think that my nick-name is Maddie.

    • I think I might even think I’ll name my daughter Madison!(I’m in 4th grade)

  4. I chose my baby first name because it’s similar to my great grandmother’s first name.

    I love that i can nickname her Madi and I love that it doesn’t put her in a category

  5. It’s what I named my child and I find it very cute

  6. Madison Ann. My husband wanted the name Madison for a very long time and her middle name Ann which is my middle name plus it’s my grandmother’s and my cousins middle names.

  7. My mother’s name is Mary and my father’s name is Michael. I chose Madison because I wanted her to have a name similar to my parents.

  8. I have loved this name since I was a little girl. As soon as I found out I was pregnant I knew I was having my Madison. Her name means Gift of God. There are some very cute nicknames that can be given, and her name fits so well into so many songs and nursery rhymes. All in all the name Madison is just beautiful.

  9. We chose Madison for our first born because I loved that it was a bit preppy but neutral in terms of gender. As a child I always envied children whose names had nicknames and I wanted a Maddy.

  10. Her daddy ALWAYS wanted to name hisbaby girl Madison Elizabeth, so i apparently had no say in the matter 😉 lol i wasnt 100% set, as i loved isabella and calling her izzy or bella but she does have 2 older brothers-mason & adam so madison kinda just fit? she was nameless tho for her first 2days of life she was babygirl or we’d say hi pretty 😉 bc thats what her daddy always said to me. Xoxo elizabeth was also the name that i chose as my confirmation name so it all kind of just seemed to work itself out as meant to be 🙂

  11. I loved the name Madison it was my first pick and I just knew that it was right for my baby girl

  12. i personally think my name doesnt sound that feminine ir masculine, which i like. but i do prefer maddy

  13. I named my daughter madison after her dad because his name is mason.

  14. We chose Madison because when my husband and I first started dating he came to pick me up for our first date and we found out we both lived in Madison street . That’s where all the magic started ?

  15. I loved how it didn’t sound too girly but wasn’t masculine.


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