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Updated May 24, 2023

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Girl name origins & meanings

  • English : Good; child of Maud

What does Madison mean and stand for?

The name Madison was first popularized as an English surname, meaning son of Maddy (or Maud), and was commonly spelled Maddison in Northeastern England. Madison is a unisex name that gained viral popularity as a girls name, and was the second most popular name in 2001.

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Girl name variations

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Old English : Son of a mighty warrior; son of Maud

Boy name variations

How Popular Is The Name Madison

Family name origins & meanings

  • English : metronymic from the medieval female personal name Madde, a form of Maud (see Mould 1) or Magdalen (see Maudlin).
  • James Madison (1751–1836), 4th President of the U.S. (1809–17), was born in VA, the son of a planter. He was descended from John Madison, a ship’s carpenter from Gloucester, England, who had settled in VA in about 1653.

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According to Social Security Administration data, Madison has remained in the number 25 names since 2000, but has been steadily declining in popularity. It was in the top five names for the first half of the 2000s, but dropped out fo the top 10 names in 2015. It peaked as the second most popular girls name in 2001 and 2002.

However, it is the 85th most popular name on

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Madison was at its peak popularity in August 2015.

Madison was the "it" name for girls for what seemed like forever, and also recently started declining in popularity. Despite being on the downward trend, the nickname "Maddy" is still very popular. The name Madison was said to have gained popularity thanks to the mermaid character in a popular 1980s movie named Splash which debuted in 1984. In 1985, the name Madison started quickly moving up the ranks as one of the most popular girl names. One reason for its decline could be the use of the name by the scandalous dating site, Ashley Madison.

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Nicknames for Madison

  • Adi
  • Emmie
  • Maddi
  • Maddie
  • Mads

Pairs well with these middle names


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