[ 3 syll. ad-di-son, add-is-on ] The baby girl name Addison is also used as a boy name, though it is far more popular for girls. It is pronounced AED-ih-SahN †. Addison's origin and use are both in the English language. The meaning of Addison is 'son of Adam'. Its meaning is derived from the word son. The name has recently been popularized by the female character Dr Addison Shephard in the popular US TV medical drama Grey's Anatomy (2005-). See Addison for more information.
Addison has 14 forms. Forms of the name include Addeson, Addis, Addisen, Addisson, Addyson, Adis, Adisa, Adisen, Adison, Adisson, Adisynne, Adysen, and Adyson. Another English variant is the familiar form Addie.
See also the related category drama.
Addison is very popular as a baby girl name. The name has been rising in popularity since the 1990s; prior to that, it was of only infrequent use. At the peak of its usage in 2007, 0.567% of baby girls were named Addison. It was #11 in rank then. In 2016, it ranked at #29 with a usage of 0.328%, and it was the most popular out of all girl names in its family. Addison was used 9 times more than the next ranked name, Addyson, in 2016. Although Addison is today more frequently used for baby girls, there was a period prior to 1995 when more boys were given the name. After 1996, increasingly the name became more popular with baby girls than with boys. In 2009, 46 times more baby girls than boys were given the name Addison.
† Pronunciation for Addison: AE as in "at (AE.T)" ; D as in "day (D.EY)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; S as in "see (S.IY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)"