Madison - Meaning of Madison
[ 3 syll. ma-di-son, mad-is-on ] The baby boy name Madison is also used as a girl name, with the latter form being much more common. It is pronounced as MAADih-SahN †. Madison is largely used in the English language and it is also derived from English origins. Its meaning is from the element 'son'. The first name is derived from a surname, which is either of the meaning 'son of Maud', or else a derivative of Magdalen. The popularity of the name was boosted in the USA by the 4th US President James Madison (1751-1836), who gave his name to Madison Square and Madison Avenue in New York. See Madison for more information.
Madison has 18 variants. Variants include Maddea, Maddee, Maddey, Maddi, Maddisan, Maddyson, Madisan, Madisen, Madisson, Madisyn, Madsen, Madysen, Madyson, Son, and Sonny. The pet forms Maddie and Maddy, and the variant spelling Maddison are other English forms.
See also the related form, Madeleine (English and French).
Madison is an unusual baby name for boys. Its usage peaked modestly in 1903 with 0.014% of baby boys being given the name Madison. Its ranking then was #514. The baby name has since steeply fallen in popularity, and is now of sporadic use. In 2018, among the group of boy names directly linked to Madison, Sonny was the most commonly used. Though Madison is more popular as a girl name today, there was a period before 1952 that it was given more often to boys. From 1985 on, increasingly more girls than boys were named Madison. In 2004, Madison as a girl name outnumbered its use as a boy name by 104 times.
Baby names that sound like Madison include Maddison, Maddisan, Maddun, Maddyson, Madisan, Madisen, Madisson, Madisyn, Madysen, Madyson, Mathany, Mathesen, Mathesin, Matheson, Mathesun, Mathesyn, Mathewsen, Mathewson, Mathewsun, and Mathisen.
† Pronunciation for Madison: M as in "me (M.IY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; 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)"