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Updated March 13, 2024

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Boy name origins & meanings

  • Old English : Son of Hud

What does Hudson mean and stand for?

The name Hudson is of English origin and means "Hugh's son" or "son of Hud". The name was originally used as a surname before becoming a popular choice for first names.

Syllables: 2

Boy name variations

How Popular Is The Name Hudson

Family name origins & meanings

  • English : patronymic from the medieval personal name Hudde (see Hutt 1). This surname is particularly common in Yorkshire and is also well established in Ireland.

Famous people with this last name

Famous people who gave their babies this name


According to Social Security Administration data, Hudson has been consistently on the rise, jumping from 588 in 2000 to 50 in 2019. It is still rapidly increasing in popularity.

However, it is the 27th most popular name on

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Hudson was at its peak popularity in March 2019.

Hudson, originally a surname, gained popularity beginning with explorer Henry Hudson, and moving to more modern people, such as the heartthrob Rock Hudson, director Hugh, the musical Hudson brothers, and Kate Hudson. Using the name as a first name has become popular with celebrities Marcia Gay Hardin, Gena Lee Nolan, and Drew Lachey. Of course, the name is also recognizable due to the Hudson River.

Where is it Popular?

Hudson was searched for most often in the following states:

Nicknames for Hudson

  • Duddie
  • Hud
  • Huddie
  • Son
  • Sonny

Pairs well with these middle names


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