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Updated February 20, 2024

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Girl name origins & meanings

  • American : Anointed one

Girl name variations

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Scandinavian : Son of marsh-dwellers

What does Carson mean and stand for?

The name Carson is of Scandinavian origin and means "Son of marsh-dwellers." Originally a surname, Carson is most recognized from American scout Kit Carson.

Syllables: 2

Boy name variations

How Popular Is The Name Carson

Family name origins & meanings

  • Scottish and northern Irish : probably a variant of Curzon.
  • The trapper and Indian agent known as Kit Carson was born Christopher Carson in 1809 in Madison Co., KY. His paternal grandfather, William, was an immigrant, probably from Scotland or northern Ireland, who in 1761 received a land grant in Iredell Co., NC.

Famous people with this first name


According to Social Security Administration data, Carson has been consistently popular, remaining in the top 100 since 2006. After a brief stint at rank 70 in 2017, Carson is on the slow decline.

However, it is the 48th most popular name on

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Carson was at its peak popularity in December 2017.

Carson is one of the most popular androgynous baby names, only recently falling in its popularity. Various celebrities have the name Carson, such as talkshow hosts Carson Daly and Carson Kressley, football player Carson Palmer, Youtuber Carson King, and writer Carson Ellis. The name has also been chosen for characters who appear in Nancy Drew, No Country for Old Men, Stargate Atlantis, and Bring it On: In It to Win It.

Nicknames for Carson

  • Car
  • Son
  • Sonny

Where is it Popular?

Carson was searched for most often in the following states:

Pairs well with these middle names


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