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Why would a parent give a little girl a name with a specifically masculine meaning like "SON of Maud"?
-- Sarah Charlotte  2/3/2005
I think Maud is a far better name.
-- amabel  3/4/2005
I think Madison is a WONDERFUL name for a little girl!
-- miskoehn  4/7/2005
Feminine variants are Madissyn and Madisen.
-- mariej2  5/14/2005
I'd call my little girl this. If no one knew the meaning, we'd be alright, right? It also reminds me of the deceased character in What Lies Beneath. Probably not a brilliant name from behind, but I think it's really pretty.
-- Anonymous User  5/25/2005
Even though this is a fictional character, Madison Finn is a famous bearer of this name.
-- MistyJ  6/17/2005
I know a little girl called Madison and I think it is a beautiful name. Who cares about the meaning? I actually don't.
-- Anonymous User  6/26/2005
I am a 39 year old male-name Madison, my son is now a junior. I was named after my grandfather, who also named my uncle that. His father was named Madison, and his before, so on, so on. I can trace this as a male name in my family for over 175 years. Seems to me this started being used as a female name after the movie Splash, where the main character named her after the street he was standing on not caring enough to give the mermaid a proper name. Think about it, check the popularity dates.
-- Madison1965  6/29/2005
To the Madison near the top of the thread, the mermaid named herself Madison. Tom Hanks tried to talk her out of it.

Personally, I find the name overused. It works great for a surname, and I can see using it for a male IF there is a family meaning behind it. Otherwise, just seems to me you named your daughter after a mermaid movie.
-- Anonymous User  4/21/2009
Madison is ultra-trendy and popular. Mamas to be...beware! :)
-- Mommy2B  6/30/2005
Madison is the capital of Wisconsin (USA).
-- Emilie  7/22/2005
Ewwww! How ugly! Madison? Mad=Angry, Son=Boy therefore it is Angry Boy. Wow, great name for a girl. Whoever uses this name is a pathetic illiterate moron. Unless you want your daughter to get a sex change.
-- Anonymous User  10/15/2005
You're the 'illiterate moron', because the son part may be problematic, but the name Madison has nothing to do with the word 'mad' at all.
-- Anonymous User  5/27/2007
I am naming my little girl Madisyn and think it is a wonderful name. She will be called "Madi" for short. I don't put much weight in a name but if people will look at other resources they will find that the name also means "good" and daughter of "Maude". I would just like to know who Maude is! For the person who gave such an ugly opinion at the bottom of this page, there was no reason to be so hostile and rude. I hope this doesn't discourage anyone else from using such an elegant name for a boy or a girl.
-- cinderskisses  11/11/2005
I'm not saying Madison isn't a nice name, but be aware that if you're naming your daughter Madison, she will share her name with half her class when she attends school. This name is being used excessively, it is no longer unique.
-- Kelsey  12/30/2005
I'm a 20 year old college student named Madison. Believe it or not I am a male and am very amused by how many mothers have named their daughters Madison when it clearly is a male name with the suffix "son". How stupid.
-- madguitar  1/30/2006
This name is extremely popular in Australia for girls (consistantly in the top 20) and is a relatively unknown name for boys. One of my best friends is a girl Madison, my little cousin is a girl Madison and there are 3 other girl Madisons in my brother's kindergarten class. I think the name is too common here actually but the nickname Maddie is really cute. Until I read the comments here I had never even thought of it as a boys name!
-- poetic_freedom  2/3/2006
I have never enjoyed this name on females and I am actually hurt that it has become a wild fad. I feel for all the little girls who will go through school being known as Madison B., Madison H., Madison T., etc.
-- Anonymous User  2/6/2006
I happen to be a Madison, named long before the craze that now seems to be sweeping the nation(s). I'm quite fond of my name, regardless of it's 'masculine' connotations. The first interpretation I read of it defined it as 'the child of a soldier'. I always felt very empowered by it, and think that people who think girls should only have 'feminine' names should be smacked upside the head. There is absolutely nothing wrong with giving your child a strong name. As to the popularity of it, well, I think my mother now fancies herself a trend-setter.
-- mleigh  3/27/2006
Wow, there are some mixed comments on this name! Well, I think it is pretty. And I have no clue why people think this name is *common*, because there are NO Madisons at my school, and there have only been 2 Madisons in my LIFE. But I think this name shouldn't be shortened to Maddi. I think it's pretty enough already, and doesn't need to be shortened into pet names.
-- Anonymous User  4/2/2006
I really like this name for a girl and it's great to be shortened to Madi! Reading some of the comments written about the male use of it are mean and insulting to those who have used it for their daughters. It shouldn't put people off using this name for a girl. It isn't common. I know of no-one with this name and will still name my daughter this.
-- Anonymous User  4/12/2006
Who cares about the meaning? I do! This is another masculine last name used as a first name usually for girls (see my comments on Mackenzie). It's all very sad. Poor children have meaningless or ill-meaning names and an empty culture.
-- greta-elisif  4/16/2006
I can safely say I am sick of this name.
-- Smog  4/18/2006
I don't think Madison is all that bad for a girl. I like the nickname Maddie. I would pick Madelyn before I chose Madison though.
-- Anonymous User  4/25/2006
For a girl? - you may as well call her Butch McUndercarriage. This name is not feminine.
-- Anonymous User  4/26/2006
Madison is, to me, incredibly popular, trendy and will date and age with a bearer horribly, automatically pinning them to the 2000's era, much like we associate Jessica with the 1980's. SON stands out so blatantly in this name, that I fail to find its appeal as a girls name. "Strong" girls name do not need masculine elements. Girls names can be strong on their own because of the very reason they are girls names.

Furthermore, I dismiss most "daughter of" meanings. The name says SON right in it, and any "daughter of" meanings for this name were simply probably invented to justify its use on a girl. And even in the movie Splash, where the craze for this name probably first originated it, it was taken from a *street sign*.

Even for a male, I hesitate with this name, and would only use it in the Middle name slot, if a family connection exists with the name.
-- lala  4/28/2006
I'm pretty sick of seeing this name on almost every girl under the age of 10.
-- Anonymous User  5/6/2006
This name became a popular name for girls after the movie Splash (1984) which starred Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah. [noted -ed]
-- Anonymous User  5/10/2006
I really dislike this name especially on girls. Both the sound & meaning are so masculine. If I meet another "Maddie" I am going to scream.
-- Kitten  5/17/2006
Despite ending in "...son", which by definition ALWAYS indicates a masculine name, Madison only recently began being used as a girl's name after the actress Darryl Hannah's mermaid character needed a name and chose it from a street sign (i.e, Madison St.) in the 1984 movie named "Splash", that also starred Tom Hanks.
-- Braveheart  5/18/2006
I think it's a good name to name a girl with - it's strong. What's wrong with giving a girl a strong name? Especially in today's society girls and women have to fend for themselves from extreamly prejudgiced thoughts and values from yesteryear that have not fully died out yet.
-- samthebear  5/21/2006
Madison is a great name for a girl - even if there are a few too many of them. So there.
-- Anonymous User  6/1/2006
I don't know what you people's problem is, Madison is an awesome name for a girl. =D
-- Steven J  6/7/2006
My problem is that a masculine name has been hijacked! It means "son of Maud," and it's not thinking in a girl's best interest! You may as well call her son!
-- Mithos514  6/9/2006
I once knew the absolute BRATTIEST girl with this name (named before the craze began, by the way). That kind of ruined it for me. Well, that and that it begins with "mad". On another note, this is a traditional name in my family, for boys.
-- arrowhead909  6/16/2006
I went to a strip club and one of the dancers took on the name "Madison" - how incredibly fitting it was to hear it on her. I'm not against strip clubs, definitely, but it is needless to say that they are connotated as 'trashy' just as the name Madison is.
-- Anonymous User  6/19/2006
For a female to be "strong" she definitely does not need a masculine name. It saddens me to see the names = gender construction. So wrong. One of the reasons why sexism is very much present in today's society. A boy named Lindsay or Ashley will be labeled as weak, while a girl named Madison will be strong. So sad.
-- ADT  6/19/2006
Madison is a MAD SON. Ugly ugly ugly. I know 3 Madisons under 2.
-- Anonymous User  7/2/2006
This name is so overused and tacky sounding. Practically every little I see/meet has either this name or Emma. One other thing - why on earth would you want your little girl to have a name with the suffix 'son' in it?
-- Anonymous User  7/13/2006
I would never give this name to a girl as for me it sounds very masculine.
-- danute  7/24/2006
I like the name Madison a lot, and I think it sounds cool, smart, and sporty. I think the newly made variants like Madisen, and Madisyn, and Madyson, and everything like that are weird and dumb to name a kid.
-- ekatz7  7/27/2006
I don't like this name for a girl, especially when it contains the word son.
-- Anonymous User  7/28/2006
Famous bearer: Madison McReynolds plays Lindsey Willows in "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation".
-- Maggie_Simpson  7/29/2006
I'm amazed at the hostility of Madison's feminine use here! And it seems to all be coming from the meaning - Son of Maude. Fair enough, but to all you male Madisons out there who see it as "stupid" and "tacky" to name a girl this - is your mother named Maude?
-- K.M.F  8/13/2006
There is not justification for the use of "Madison" on a girl. No one can argue that it is feminine in the least, as it's meaning is clear: "Son of Maud". The argument that it can also mean "Daughter of Maud" is completely bogus, as the "-son" is quite evident. If this meant "Daughter of Maud", it would have to be "Madidaughter", right?

Names that were previously mainly male in usage (such as Mackenzie, Ashley, Darcy, Finlay, and, yes, Madison) have suddenly taken over the charts for girls. While Emerson, Ryan, and Evan are slowly climbing.

There are "strong" names for girls, and then there are "male" names. Don't confuse the two. Please, parents, know which is which! Naming your daugter a boys name will not make her strong, and it will definitely not make her unique.
-- Pheadirean  8/26/2006
Ugly and awful on a girl. To all of you who think this is a 'strong and unique' name for a girl you might also want to consider naming yout future sons Isabel or Amelia or anything else that is obviously feminine. It's the exact same gender-switching premise.
-- Anonymous User  9/4/2006
When I hear the nickname "Maddy" it sounds like an adjective to me that sounds like the person with the name is angry. I'm okay with some boy's names crossing over to the female side (Lindsey, Ashley, Shannon) but when the name clearly says SON, no way. It's like naming a boy Maddidaughter.
-- pink_floyd_fan  9/8/2006
I don't understand the popularity of this name. It is so unappealing to me. Everytime I hear of another Madison I cringe. There are so many other BETTER names out there.
-- Paiges mommy  9/10/2006
Stupid name, but chances are most of the chicks with this name will grow up to be hot little rich tarts.
-- Midgard666  9/14/2006
It is a joke. See "Splash".
-- Anonymous User  9/18/2006
I hate this name with the fire of a thousand hells. I cannot ever understand why people would give their DAUGHTERS a MASCULINE name. It has SON in it, for goodness' sake! It does not get any more obvious than that. I am also sick of hearing every little girl get called by the nickname 'Maddie'. A disgustingly popular name.
-- Luthien  9/22/2006
Madidaughter is so much better for a girl and it means "My name may be made up but at least it doesn't have son in it".
-- Anonymous User  9/30/2006
I am so tired of this name! Trendy is never a good route! It is a boy name and I love it for a boy but these poor girls are going to be forever reminded of how much thought was not put into their name when half their class are "Maddie". Which I also don't agree with - you should name your child the name you want her to be called, nicknames are things school children dish out NOT parents. Besides if you're going to shorten it anyway what's wrong with Madeline?
-- stuckonstupid  10/3/2006
I am amazed over the hostility over this name. True, it is very common now, I can't believe how many little girls I know named Madison. The fact remains, names will come and names will go. There will always be trendy names and fad names that will eventually die out and a new trendy or fad name will take its place.
-- Anonymous User  10/9/2006
Hey, I know a reason that parents name their daughters Madison. Have you ever thought that MAYBE parents don't CARE what the damn meaning is, as long as it sounds good? Yeah, the usage of this name doesn't concern you unless you were deciding what you would name your child. This is now a feminine name, SUCK IT UP! You were able to live through when the names Hilary, Ashley, Lindsay, Taylor and Harley were used for girls, why should you not live through this? I happen to know of 3 Madisons, and they're all girls. Whoop-tee-doo!
-- Starla-Marie_1993  10/16/2006
This is my FAVOURITE name. Meaning doesn't matter to me. I think it's really pretty, and I much prefer it to Madilyn/Madeline/Madeleine. If I ever have a daughter, I plan to name her Madison Lily. I think it's adorable. I understand that this name is popular right now, but I've never met one.
-- xHOWTOSAVEALiFE  10/21/2006
I absolutely love the name Madison for a girl! I've never met one but after hearing how popular it has become I will never use it. I'm a Jennifer so I know how popular names can be. My only problem with the name is its number of spellings. "Madicen" looks like medicine and Madisyn also just looks like someone liked the sound and couldn't spell it. I suppose Maddison is ok for a variation but I don't care for it. I also love the nickname Maddie.
-- davelyn  11/6/2006
I think anyone contemplating this for a girl is an utter doorknob. Call me old fashioned but what is the appeal in a "son of" name for a girl. Disgusting and hilarious how it never goes the other way.
-- Anonymous User  11/14/2006
It's a beautiful name, but there are so many Madisons now. In a few years time, every second kid in elementary school will be named Madison. I would wait until it's at least a bit less trendy to name my child this.
-- scarletquillraven  11/17/2006
I adore Madison on a boy! My future son's middle name will be Madison.
-- tigerlilly  11/18/2006
Contrary to what some wannabe-smart arses have posted here, the "Mad" clearly (to anyone with more than half a brain cell) doesn't mean mad or angry. It's a contracted form of Maud. Madison = Son of Maud.
-- Anonymous User  11/20/2006
I've never met a Madison in my life - girl or boy - but I've always found it to be a very cute name! Whenever I think of someone named Madison I picture a pale little girl with long dark curly hair. Even if it does have son at the end, it still is feminine sounding and has nicknames. What about all the boys named Ashley and Leslie? Names can go either way, depending on tastes, so don't think about what others think. If you love it, you love it.
-- Anonymous User  1/1/2007
I think it's far from pretty, and it makes me think of a stuck-up mall rat.
-- 7up  1/1/2007
Madison is a very elegant name! I don't get why people hate it so much! I only know 1 Maddie! There's only 1 Maddie in my whole grade, out of like 500 kids!
-- Anonymous User  1/2/2007
I love the name Madison! I never would of thought of it as a boys name though! And as for having SON at the end. FeMale has got MALE at the end so what do you think of that? (for everyone that's against it being a F name) I don't think it would look good on anyone over 30 though, I just can't imagine my granny being called Madison, not even my mum! But for a wee girl it's really cute.
-- lacey24  1/15/2007
Whoever thinks that in order to make a girl strong you have to give her a male name is (and I'm trying very hard not to curse right now) an old-fashioned, ignorant fool. The strongest being on the face of the planet has to be my cousin and she's not named Alex or Madison. Naming your child Madison will just add to the sea of Maddy M.'s and Maddy H.'s and Maddy T.'s.
-- hiya  1/15/2007
I think Madison is a very cute name for a girl, though I prefer it spelt Maddison. As for it beging too popular I've only known one Madison until about a year ago (I now know two), while I know about a thousand Megans (spelt every way possible).
-- Anonymous User  1/18/2007
Naming a girl Madison is atrocious. It is so blatantly masculine and it makes the parents seem ignorant illiterates. Truly awful.
-- Xiphias  1/18/2007
Madison is a horrible name for a girl. I think mothers should consider a more feminine name. (There are plenty of girl names out there that sound/mean strong AND were originally a girl name.)
-- 7up  1/23/2007
Judging by some of the ridiculous comments on here, some people seem to think that the only way a girl can be strong, is if she's given a MASCULINE NAME. Right so lets look at the names of just some of the strongest women in history and in current times shall we: Queen ELIZABETH I & II, MARGARET Thatcher, ELIZABETH Cady Stanton, ROSA Parks, EMMELINE Pankhurst, FLORENCE Nightingale, MARY Edwards Walker, Queen VICTORIA, SANDRA Day O'Connor, KATHARINE Hepburn, ANNE, CHARLOTTE and EMILY Bronte, AMELIA Earhart. I could go on and on and on. These women did (or are still doing) great things, they didn't need to be called Madison (or Ashley, Taylor or McKenzie etc) to achieve what they have, and these are inspirational to many people. If anything, I see (proper feminine) names like the above as being a million times stronger then Madison & co on a girl, because women like those listed above give these names REAL strength.
-- Anonymous User  1/29/2007
Who ever said that they were calling their daughter Madison so that she will be strong? We are not living in the year 1930 or whatever. The names Margeret and Elizabeth are too old fashion and not everyone likes them, so it's time for change and if the people want to call their kids Sugarbum then let them.
Saying that Madison, McKenzie, Tyler/Taylor are boy's names is like saying red is a girl's colour and green is a boy's colour. I think when they grow up they would rather have a name like that than Margeret or another OLDTIMER! Look at aliSON, aMANda, MANdy, saMANtha. There are a lot more girls names that have MAN or SON in them but that doesn't mean they are boy's names! And I don't think the parents that called their children aliSON, aMANda, MANdy, saMANtha called them so because they wanted them to be strong! So get a grip would ya! And stand up to what you have to say instead of hiding.
-- lacey24  2/5/2007
The name Amanda is from a Latin word that had nothing to do with being a man, unlike Madison, which actually means the son of someone. If ever I used this name, I would use it on a boy, but that's not going to happen because I hate the sound of it. I don't think it's pretty at all.
-- black_lace  2/6/2007
Madison aside - not all names ending in "son" are masculine. Alison is a medieval form of Alice which some ignorant people have dubbed a modern name that some girls have even though it is masculine. Madison is now a unisex name and will probably remain so.
-- Anonymous User  2/2/2007
I can't believe that I've actually started to like this name - maybe because I have heard it so many times but haven't met any Madisons yet!
-- lemmingade  2/6/2007
Contrary to what the origin says, the name comes from the Danish first name "Mads" which is their form of Matthew.
-- Midgard666  2/7/2007
She may be new but adorable on Cory in the House on Disney Channel! A famous bearer is Madison Petis.
-- JoeyForever  2/11/2007
First of all, it's the capital of Wisconsin. Second of all, I think it's a stupid name. All boy.
-- seaweed  2/12/2007
Madison sounds feminine to me. I don't know why. It just does.
-- Emma McHnery  2/14/2007
This is a man's name, I am a Madison and I am 41 years old. I am named after my Grandfather who was a Madison and named his son, my uncle Madison. They are named after his Grandfather. This uncommon name became a common girls name when in the movie Splash the mermaid was named Madison. But if you remember she got the name because she happened to me near the sign for Madison Avenue. It was a joke! And some people were stupid enough to name their kids after this dumb joke in a movie. By the way, my son's name is Madison Jr. I told him if anyone ever tells him it's a girls name to point out our families long history with the name and tell them they have a boys name.
-- Madison1965  2/18/2007
Just because YOU'RE a man named Madison doesn't make it any more manly than if MY son's name was Madison (it's not). But just because there are some guys named Madison now days, doesn't make it any more manly than if there were girls named Tyler or Hayden. It seems like all names used to men's names at one point and time. I know this isn't true, but look at Ashley, I mean, what part of that is manly?
-- Anonymous User  7/8/2008
This is the unofficial definition (in my opinion) of a dumb blonde, popular wanna-be, soon-to-be slut. If you like the stupid nickname so much then just name her Madeline! And if you want to talk about how you know no Madisons, I have one question: Are you living under a rock or something?! I know about fifty! I mean no offense. I'm just very opinionated.
-- Anonymous User  2/23/2007
I hate Madison for a girl too. Way too tacky and trendy. People considering naming a daughter this, go ahead but only if you truly don't care that most people will be gagging behind their hand, even if they are too polite to say anything. I think this name has incited more negative comments on this board than any other, even the retch-a-licious McKenzie.
-- visitor27  3/19/2007
I think it is a cute name, I don't think most people really rely on the meaning, but on the actual name and how it sounds to them. In my opinion, it is a cute name but to others, I don't know.
-- TrulyAlena  3/21/2007
Madison sounds very unmale to me. It is a wonderful name for any girl and I used to wish it was my name. My little girl is named Kyilee Madison. (Madison is her middle name) and I love it. I dislike it on males, I think it sounds womanaly.
-- alyse88  3/24/2007
This has always struck me as a very American name.
-- Luangi  4/8/2007
Icky icky icky, yuck yuck yuck. SON of Maude. Hmmm, this to me sounds like a boys name. It's just icky, and it came from a street sign. It's ok on guys because it means son of. Unless your daughter is a son, I seriously think you should re-think it. Madeleine is so much prettier, feminine and not as harsh sounding!
-- Anonymous User  4/10/2007
Madison is the ugliest name to come across. Whoever is naming their daughter Madison has an empty head.
-- firestar0928  4/23/2007
I'm sorry but I don't really think you're being fair. I only know of one famous bearer of the name, and two others (me and my best friend's cousin). I wasn't named after the character in the movie, and Madison sounds far more feminine than masculine. Can I just remind you that the SSA have made it third most popular for girls? Sure, it is annoying that it's so popular, but it is a girl's name!
-- DontDissMadison  4/30/2007
I'm sorry but I simply can't stand this name! It sounds coarse and unflattering to either gender.
-- littlescarlett  4/30/2007
Will you all get over the fact that Madison has "son" at the end? To me, it sounds feminine. I don't know of ANY males in England with the name Madison. I only know of one girl too!
-- DontDissMadison  5/1/2007
I really don't care if it says SON in it. I just think this name is starting to get too trendy for me! I know a girl with this name, though, and she is very nice. So I like this name a little.
-- CharlieRob  5/5/2007
I really don't like this name. This is so trendy at my high school! I really get sick of hearing it. I only like the spelling Madison, I don't like any of the trendier spellings.
-- Jassie  5/7/2007
I don't like this name. It's going to turn into a cult name and will never be a true classic. Mark my words.
-- Anonymous User  5/27/2007
Another origin is son of Mad, a nickname for Matthew.
-- Anonymous User  5/27/2007
I love this name for a boy and I really don't like it for a girl because all the girls I've met named Madison were obnoxious. I also hate it when people claim that Madison is unique as a girls name because out of the two softball teams I've played on there were a total of 24 girls and six of them were named Madison, also 5 of them were named Ashley. I find that more than slightly ridiculous. To complicate things we also had a Madelyn.
-- Anonymous User  5/28/2007
Madison is one of the most terrible names I've ever heard. It sounds more like a last name or whatever (exept the first or middle name). All the Mc- and -son names are just pretty useless and bland for me. But well, perhaps I just have to remember that the name is always question of flavour, nothing more.
-- Anonymous User  6/4/2007
Very cute name but I don't like surnames on girls (WAY too trendy, if they weren't they'd be okay), and it has little masculinity remaining.
-- Anonymous User  6/9/2007
Can I just say *whoa, posted a lot on here but I'm MAD-ison*. No pun intended *okay, there was*.

What if I said your parents were doorknobs or missing five thousand brain cells because they named you Kate or Margaret or Elizabeth or any of those boring feminine names?

I like having a "boy" name, even though it's more popular with girls than boys *duh*. Mackenzie is nice too, better than many boring names that seem to be coming back into fashion. There are twenty Amys at my school, fourteen Sarahs and twenty two Kates. I'm the only Madison.
-- DontDissMadison  6/14/2007
I am a twelve year old girl in the sixth grade. My name happens to be Madison. I think my name is pretty unique and very feminine. Don't get me wrong, I think it works great for a male's name too. I live in a very populated, small town in Mississippi. At my school, we have sixth through eighth grade. Out of all those kids, more than 2,000, I am the only Madison. There's a Maddie in seventh grade, but no Madison except for myself. I have never met a male named Madison, and I've only met one or two other Madison's. And just because the name's meaning says SON of Maud, does NOT mean that the name is only for boys. Look at me. I'm a perfectly regular GIRL, and I don't plan on having a sex change any time soon, or really ever. Also, I'd like to throw a famous saying out at those who picture a Madison as a weird person or maybe not even a person at all: Don't Judge a Book by its Cover. I read through most of the comments and found some pretty ugly ones concerning what they picture a Madison looking like. WHY do people insist on pinning rude comments on Madison's all over when they aren't true? I'm sure if you spend a day with a Madison, you'll think diffently. I mean, COME ON. Just because my name is Madison does NOT mean that when I grow up I'm going to be a stripper or any of those other vulgar names. I want to be a dancer, thank you very much. Oh yes, I DO have 'son' at the end of my first name. But guess what? I'm not a boy. Think of AliSON, SaMANtha, and even FeMALE. Get the picture? I happen to think Madison is a perfect name for either gender and it does not degrade that person or pin any traits on them for having that name. I know a person said that any parents who would name their little girl Madison must be illiterate. Well, maybe you should take a look at mine. My father is an engineer for computer on ships and submarines, and my mother is a school teacher. Yes, it is trendy right now, but look what gender it's trendy FOR: girls. Females. It's been second and third for the past, like, seven years. For GIRLS. So to all those people who think Madison doesn't belong on a woman, look at the statistics. There's Madison, Wisconson, Dolley and James Madison, and yes, Madison Ave. in New York. I've never seen the movie Splash, but I wouldn't call the mermaid being called Madison a bad joke. I'd say it was a good thing and not funny at all. All in all, I have to say, Madison is a lovely name for both genders, and should not imply any un-needed or vulgar comments about people who have this name. Like me, Madison, the little twelve year old girl from Mississippi.
-- MadisonTheDancer  6/21/2007
A pox on this frumpy and tired old surname. I get rectal pucker just hearing it.
-- Anonymous User  6/27/2007
I think this name is good for a boy OR a girl. I think it goes both ways. And if your daughter hypothetically HATES it so MUCH, call her Maddie. Problem solved.
-- Anonymous User  7/8/2007
I never really liked the word MAD at the beginning of this name. And, to be honest, I find it rather plain.
-- Anonymous User  8/12/2007
I can't stand this name! The 'masculine surname used on girls' trend is very, very tired.

To those of you who say that a "girl will have a 'strong' name if it's masculine". You're ridiculous! Strong female names are the timeless classics like Elizabeth, Anna, Catherine, Victoria, Alice, Rachel, Mary, etc.

Madison will sound extremely dated in ten years.
-- Anonymous User  8/24/2007
I don't know why everyone thinks this name is common and overused. I am at high school and I don't know anybody called Madison and have never met anybody called Madison in my life. I love the name Madison and would definitely name my daughter this (if I had one). And I think the nickname Maddi is really cute. I don't like Madison for a boy though. (sorry if your a boy called Madison)
-- Anonymous User  9/19/2007
Above poster. If you live in the US, Canada, the UK, Australia or New Zealand, Madison IS overused and is commonplace. You can't swing a cat without hitting one.

I hope your name taste matures and you can find a strong feminine name to give a daughter rather than this tired macho crap.
-- Anonymous User  9/20/2007
This name has been such a pet peeve of mine for so long that I couldn't resist adding my opinion in spite of the fact that it's similar to many others posted above. This name is hideous for a girl and I can't for the life of me figure out why it has become so popular. There is absolutely nothing feminine or pleasing sounding about it at all. The fact that it is so trendy just makes it worse. You can't even claim originality. Please, all prospective parents, do your daughters a favor and avoid giving them this ugly, trendy name that will drop out of fashion as quickly as it came in!
-- queenv  9/21/2007
Totally ridiculous name. As the definition says, people started giving their children this name after seeing a cheesy Hollywood movie from the 80s! You parents should be ashamed of yourselves. When I hear of a girl named Madison, I get the first impression that her parents are idiots, and that she is materialistic, shallow, unintelligent and promiscuous. A good stripper name.
-- johann14  9/24/2007
I've accepted Morgan, Meredith, Ashley, Kelsey, Kelly, and Joyce. In fact, Joyce, Meredith, and Kelsey are my favorite unisex names, and I once (or still do) want to use them.

But the name has "son" in it. Problematic, plus it has been popular for too much, too long. Just because Tom Hanks's character was too lazy to give the mermaid a proper name.

Guys, hear me out, I've known nice Madisons. Even one nice boy Madison. But, some names are meant for boys, and some were for girls. Boys with names like Mary or Elizabeth would be shunned. But now, girls can have names like these and mommies who wanted this name or others like it for a boy are going to have to seriously consider now if they want their son to be under persecution for the majority of childhood. Not fair. So not fair.
-- spaz123  9/26/2007
This surname is roaring up the charts in England. I really thought we could do better. Trash, pure and simple.
-- Anonymous User  9/27/2007
I think this is a cute name. Wouldn't name my child this, but I like it fine for other little girls. I don't think it would be a good name for a boy these days seeing as how it has become popular for the girls.
-- honeypower  10/5/2007
I know a boy named Madison, and he NEVER gets laughed at, and he has friends. He's just misunderstood, but his name is not faulty for that.
-- spaz123  10/6/2007
I believe this surname will be remembered more for being a joke name in a 80's film. That and being associated with ditzy and trashy types.
-- Isemay  10/6/2007
All the controversy with the 'sons' and 'mans' is ridiculous. Madison is a WOMAN's name. A guy named Madison? That's tacky. And what about Alison? I love that name, and I don't care if there a 'son' at the end. It doesn't mean anything.
-- Anonymous User  10/14/2007
This name is not female. It is male originally, but people are using it out of context. Also, Allison is used on boys, but very rarely.
-- spaz123  10/16/2007
I find it too frumpy for a boy so on a girl, big, nasty and tasteless.
-- Anonymous User  10/19/2007
I don't think I would bat an eyelid at a male Madison. It's a nice surname and like McKenzie and Riley, very trendy boys' names in my area. I don't get the appreciation for girls at all. When a name has "son" in it, I find it a bit silly and rather puzzling choice for a female. Alison is a big exception to this. It has nothing to do with "son of". It's a pet form of Alice. I find it funny when people pull the Alison card.
-- assumpta  10/19/2007
I don't like this, and I'd only use it for a middle name on either sex if my maiden surname was Madison. But there is another common girl's name with the 'son' ending: Alison, which is maybe why this name has a feminine sound to some people. It's like a hybrid of Madeleine and Alison, if you totally ignore the fact that it already exists as a surname.
-- Pie  10/22/2007
My goodness. Having the name Madison does not make a girl any less feminine! In fact, I think it is quite cute on a girl. Not so much on a boy.
-- dreadfulxsorry  10/27/2007
A horrible name for a little girl, once again chosen by parents wanting to be "different".
-- Anonymous User  11/1/2007
Meh. I think it sucks on boy or girl. It's a rad surname, though.
-- Jesus_Freak  11/4/2007
Okay, so you all accept that Ashley, Courtney and Lesley can be used as boys and girls names (although, being from Wales, I've never met boys called Courtney or Lesley, and they always seemed to be feminine names to me), so why can't you accept that names like Madison and Mackenzie and Addison can be used for boys and girls too? It's happening, so you may as well accept it because there's nothing you can do! Madison is now a predominantly female name, even if it was mostly male in the past. The name is now feminine in popularity, if not in meaning.

And regardless of how things stand in America, over here Madison is a much more unique and rare name in Wales. More unique than Amy, Sarah and Kate, and all of that overused rubbish.
-- DontDissMadison  11/18/2007
I think Madison is a good name for girls. Plus, if you worry because your son is named Madison and is gonna get teased for having a girl's name, I think you should worry even more because of the hidden sexism that lies beyond this. Boy. Ashamed to be named Madison? I can't tell you how much I'm not sorry. Both boys and girls should be proud for bearing this name.
-- Anonymous User  11/19/2007
Well said! If you're going to say that Madison is a bad name for girls because it has "son" in it, why not go the whole hog and say that it's a bad name for boys because their mothers probably aren't called Maude?
-- DontDissMadison  11/23/2007
What does it matter if a boy named Madison doesn't have a mom named Maude? Most of the girls with this name probably don't have a mother named Maude. Maddox is now quite popular, but I have yet to met a single Madoc. (Maddox means "son of Madoc") I could also say the same for Mackenzie, Mckenna, Addison, Harrison, Mason, Carson, Jackson, and I could go on and on. What does it matter? At least on a boy, the "son" part is ALWAYS accurate.
-- spaz123  12/2/2007
Regardless of how you feel about the name, everyone should stop being so ignorant about the way they express themselves. It's insulting to have your name be interpreted as "trashy" or "butch." How would you feel if I insinuated that all of the Katherine's in the world were skanks, just because I've met one who sleeps around a lot?

As for people who give their daughter (presumably - let's be honest, it's a trend for girls) this name because they watched 'Splash,' that doesn't give them any less creativity or intelligence than someone who names their girl after a famous person, literary figure, or family member. It absolutely does not matter where you got the name. Everyone is copying someone else.
-- Anonymous User  11/26/2007
From about.com: "A matronymic surname meaning "son of Maud." The given name Maud is a German short form of Matilda - which means "strength in battle" from the Germanic element maht meaning "might, strength" and hild meaning "battle."" In German, which Madison is attributed to, "son" means "sun" while the German word for "son" is "sohn". So I believe what we have is a name that originally looked like, "Maudsohn" and was anglicized to become, "Madison".

My mother is second generation Danish and her maiden name is Madsen which has a similar sound as Madison, but means, "late meal" or more likely, "last to eat". The word for "son" in Danish is, "søn", so at least in Danish it seems, the "sen" means, "late" and has nothing to do with a male offspring and the "mad" doesn't relate to "insanity" but rather to "food" and "eating". "Last to eat" denotes hospitality and generosity and clears up any "son" references ("crazy son" and "-son" as being too masculine for a girl) which seem to create such misgivings in some of the earlier posters. Consider Madsen instead. (For interest, Madsen is pronounced mat-sen NOT mad-son in Danish.)
-- leananshae  12/25/2007
I think everyone over the age of 10 needs to go read the comment left by MadisonTheDancer on 6/21/2007. She's 12 years old.! It really hurts me to see people who are obviously adults leaving such heavy-handed comments about a name that they know is popular enough to be borne by a whole lot of little girls out there who are coming here to look up their names. Come on people! Have some compassion and use your good sense -- bashing "trendy" names means that THOUSANDS of young people will be seeing your crushing rejection and open disdain in print! Can't you just go to the ratings page for this name and leave your feelings there in a less damaging way? What does it serve to rage against little girls?

That said, I seem to remember leaving some pretty harsh words back at "Eve" myself. I guess I should go make amends. Peace.
-- leananshae  12/25/2007
Personally I do not like the name Madison (my appolgies to anyone who bears that name, no offence intended) but I do not agree that it has become terribly common.
-- Katja Eidis  1/13/2008
I don't know why, but I think this name is a wee bit too feminine sounding for a boy.
-- jasmineenimsaj  2/7/2008
Yes, the son bit just hollers "feminine" to me. Oh my lord, the madness.
-- Anonymous User  2/13/2008
Madison was the African-American doll of the My Scene line of dolls.
-- jasmineenimsaj  2/27/2008
I remember when I thought this name was fresh and cute for a girl: it was 1986 and my mother's friend had just named her baby daughter Mary Madison. 22 years later, this name has been played out. Please retire it!
-- Anonymous User  4/3/2008
I've read in a book that it means "kind-hearted". So there. =P
-- DontDissMadison  4/4/2008
Where on earth did you hear it meant "kind-hearted"?, it doesn't mean anything of the sort. People make up meanings for names all the time. This name doesn't mean that, it means, "Son of Maud", and that's all.
-- spaz123  4/24/2008
Madison is one of those names that has taught me to appreciate classics. Once upon a time I loved this name, along with MacKenzie. Now the names are so overdone that I just cringe when I hear them. But I loved them at one time.

I used to think classics like Mary and Elizabeth were boring, but now I appreciate them. And it was hard earned appreciation coming from years of maturity on my part.

I still feel the need to pick a unique name, but I know I could easily be picking the next Madison in my quest to be unique, and I could tire of the name when my child's 10. It makes me reconsider names I once thougth were boring, and try to avoid theme-y trends - like the botanical theme for girls.
-- afmastro  4/4/2008
I don't think that Madison is as bad as most people on here seem to think. I do think that the "son of" meaning isn't too fitting for a girl, but not all people fit the meaning of their names. I think this name is just okay, not my favorite.
-- Anonymous User  4/6/2008
I don't like surnames used as first names for either sex and also I don´t like the boys´names on a girls.
-- MaggieSimpson  4/8/2008
Madison is a guilty pleasure of mine, however I will not use it because of its popularity.
-- number1212  4/26/2008
I can't understand why so many people like this name, but it is much better than MacKenzie, I'll give you that. In defense of the people who like this name on a girl, it does resemble the name Alison, which was previously used on males, but can hardly be imagined on them anymore. But I don't get what is supposed to be so cute about it. It's not cute on a little girl, and it sounds weird on a grown woman, as long as it's too fresh on females to be the next Alison. Kind of like MacKenzie, this name makes me imagine a little girl in ugly clothes in the 80s, even if not as much as MacKenzie. Of course, an overused name like this won't sound spunky on tomboys or indie girls either.
-- slight night shiver  4/29/2008
Any kid named Madison now runs a huge risk of being one of three or four Madisons in her class. I'm sure anyone considering naming their daughter Madison can find a different name they like just as well that isn't hyper-trendy.

Surnames for first names just aren't that great overall, unless you have an actual family connection to the name.
-- Marauder  5/8/2008
Other spellings include: Madisyn; Madisson; Maddison; Maddisen; Madisen; and Madysin. I prefer either Madisyn or Madisson.
-- Anonymous User  7/8/2008
GRRR! I hate Madison! It sounds like "Mad at son" and every other little girl has this "name". It's so unoriginal. Please, pick a different name for your daughter!
-- bananarama  7/9/2008
This name is not only sickeningly popular, but very masculine indeed. Why would anybody ever name their daughter, "Son of Maude"? Would you name your daughter Jameson, meaning "Son of James"? Or perhaps Johnson, "Son of John"? Addison aka, "Son of Adam"? That's plain stupid. Gender-bending of names is really awful, in my opinion.
-- aileenbean  7/12/2008
Way too overly trendy right now and not very pretty for a little girl at all. It don't mind it as a male middle name, but this should never have become a female name.
-- glassmidnight  8/2/2008
I don't care for it on a boy as 'son' surnames are stupidly redundant. Yip, we know he's a son of somebody although I doubt it's Maude.

I certainly don't condone its use on girls. Since when is having both 'mad' and 'son' in a name, cute? I don't find joke names funny and this qualifies as one. SPLASH sucked!

I'm truly shocked at how many parents still think Madison fresh and interesting - haven't their ears been assaulted like mine? It's seems every second little infant these days is a Madison, Addison, McKenzie or McKenna. Rot. Utter rot.

It's going to date horribly.
-- Anonymous User  8/15/2008
Unisex names are nothing new, and Madison is one of them. I understand the disappointment in Madison 'going to the girls' (I personally love Kelly and Ashley on males) but there's a world of names out there to choose from. Honestly, the hostility toward Madison is a bit much, especially when young Madisons are visiting this site. I don't mind this name for either gender.
-- Belle  9/11/2008
Too many Madisons. Don't like. Generic suburbanite sounding name that also sounds low class. Sorry.
-- meowelers  9/13/2008
I don't like this name. It is currently being used on girls and from its meaning it's clearly a boys name.
-- KayeKiLa  9/14/2008
Hostility is warranted. It's not your everyday "unisex" name.
-- Anonymous User  9/15/2008
Regarding how people named Madison would react to these comments:

Something that I find a lot of people don't get on naming boards is the fact that the opinions shared are only the personal opinions of the poster; how they feel about the name. These opinions are not meant to be taken as insults by the people that bear the name or like it. Everyone's taste is different. Just because somebody doesn't like your name doesn't mean that they hate you, just as you may not like Katherine, Sarah or Emily. It's perfectly fine not to like them, but you wouldn't run screaming at a girl whilst brandishing a pitchfork just because you don't like her name. Don't take the opinions of strangers on the internet as personal attacks just because they disagree with you.

I personally dislike this name intensely. As others have said, the words 'mad' and 'son' are right there (and yes, I know that the 'mad' syllable isn't related to the actual word mad. It still sounds exactly the same). There's heaps of girls about 12 and under named this; it's just so overused.

And most of the girls that I have met who are named Madison were perfectly sweet and lovely. But that doesn't mean I have to like their name.
-- Anonymous User  9/24/2008
I'm proud of my name, and no-one can change the way I feel. I'm 14, I was born when there were hardly any Madisons about (well, there might have been in America but there certainly weren't many - or any at all - in the West Midlands or the part of Wales where I now live). My parents named me after Madison Square Gardens.

This name just, seriously, doesn't sound masculine at all. And I've only met one other Madison, and she - note the "she" part - spells her name with two Ds.
-- DontDissMadison  9/28/2008
It's the next Barbara and Myrtle. What's worse is that it's glaringly male. You don't have to have any name knowledge to realize that.

Sorry about your name DontDissMadison :-)
-- Anonymous User  10/3/2008
This is a cute name for a girl because her nickname could be 'Maddie'.
-- Dianaisme12  10/19/2008
I think it only makes sense to use this name, and other "son" surnames if it was the mother's maiden name, or some special family name - just at least for a REASON, rather than picked for the way it sounds, because, if it's not for a reason, it just shows the parents chose it because they thought it was cute. (Which I kindaaaa find annoying. Sorry.)

I mean, it's not like they chose it for it's meaning, either. Son of Maud. Isn't like, the coolest thing. I think more guys should take up this name, we need more parents to reclaim the GUY names back.
-- Anonymous User  11/18/2008
Doesn't have much going for it.

- A joke name in a shallow 80's film
- Conforms to the faux pretentious surname fad
- The common Maddie sounds like small tantrum or mad moment
- "son of" names are illogical as girls first names

Actually, Madison, rather than Maddie, would make a fitting word for someone having an all out hissy fit. "Leave her alone, she's having a Madison".
-- Anonymous User  11/19/2008
I'm reminded of a story about a princess who wanted to do all sorts of un-princessy things, like sword-fight and cook. She was told, "Princesses don't do those things!" She replied, "I'm a princess, and I'm doing it, so princesses DO do these things."

Similar thing here. No matter how people feel about the meaning of this name, it is TOO used by girls, and so it IS a girl's name. If you insist so much that it's strictly a boy's name, use it on your own son. I dare you. (To all ye male Madisons out there, kudos to you.)

Madison isn't my cup of tea (none of the unisex names are), but just because I wouldn't use it doesn't mean it's right for me to bash on it. Right now, Madison would sound fresher and more unique to me than Isabella.

Kudos to all ye young female Madisons (Madisyns, etc) out there. Don't worry about us old foagies. Be proud of who you are. You are children of God, and you have great worth just as you are.
-- RedGyl  11/20/2008
Young person here. ;) Your argument stinks. If Rogerson was the name used in the film and later became insanely popular like Madison would you be saying it was a "girls name" then? Probably not, it's not half as "cute!". Madison is a surname, by default it's masculine. Use on girls is MODERN - VERY, VERY MODERN. Labeling it unisex is qualifying enough although I don't consider it such yet. It needs more time. Calling it outright feminine is both dimwitted and illogical. Trevor is used on girls now and then - that doesn't make it FEMALE. Honestly, it's like talking to a reinforced brick wall.

Out of all the surnames I find Madison one of the least offensive but I still say it sucks.
-- Anonymous User  11/20/2008
It's such a shame that this name is becoming so popular, but I imagine that 50 years down the road, people will be using it again because it's 'vintage' to them. Personally, I like the name - I think it's far more attractive than 'Emma' or 'Bella' or any of the other over-used names out there today. And I think it will age well on a person. Maddie is nice for a little girl, and Madison sounds intelligent - it's both modern and classic, depending on how you look at it.

Well put regarding the insanity over this name and subsequent internet bashing. Please remember that young people do use this site, and that your thoughtless negative comments about their given name can be hurtful. Put yourself in their shoes before you hit the 'add comment' button.
-- Anonymous User  12/10/2008
I don't think they will call it "vintage" anymore than they will Kelly, Stacey, Ashley or Courtney. All surnames like Madison.
-- Anonymous User  12/12/2008
I thought it was an ugly name before it became uberpopular- and now I find it ugly AND obnoxious. Especially horrid on a little girl. The name just leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
-- TheCheshireKat  1/5/2009
I hate when people turn masculine names into feminine names. Especially the ones with "son" right in the name. Pretty soon there won't be any names left for the boys that won't seem feminine because parents will have taken all the male names and given them to their girls. Ugh.
-- Tawnee  1/31/2009
I really don't know why everyone is so hostile to this name. This is my name and I think it's a really nice, lovely name for girls and boys. Yeah, so maybe it really is a boy's name, I really don't care. It's not like anyone hates me because I have a modern, overly popular name. Just keep that in mind.
-- MtotheK  2/14/2009
My little cousin's name is Madison. The name fits HER. I hate it when people say a name is for a boy or girl or black or white. My son is named Skylar and I'm a white girl and my name is Shanika. People think it's strange when they hear my name and they form an opinion before they get to know me. A name is just a name and it should be respected as is.
-- shanika  2/26/2009
I don't understand the "name fits" argument. Honeyboo would probably work quite well on my little girl but I doubt she'd want it later.

That aside Madison is a fad. It's not the worst name out. Personally, I don't understand the use of beefy surnames and what makes me really cringe about this one is that its surge in use stems from a joke in a really, really pathetic film.
-- Anonymous User  3/3/2009
Can this fad die already, please?
-- vomiting  3/12/2009
This name is not a good name. I understand its recent popularity for girls; it sounds different and it's sharp & clean. But it is too sharp in my opinion. There is no softness, no poetry, no femininity. I've never met a Madison but I imagine her to be boring, maybe snobby and not very smart.
-- emily  3/20/2009
I love this name for a girl, and until the other day at the dentist, I had never met a MALE Madison, but that day there was one sitting beside me. I still like this for a girl, better, because when he got up to walk towards the room he was hanging his head and got quiet (he had been talking up a storm before that). I don't know if he was ashamed of his name or afraid of the dentist. I'm guessing it's the first.
-- Anonymous User  3/27/2009
I really don't see how this name is popular. Though a lot of popular things suck these days.
-- Kerules  4/2/2009
I fully agree with the Anonymous User from 12/10/2008. No one's forcing you to like this name, but feelings will be hurt if people keep on mercilessly bashing, so please try to be more considerate, at least. Madison may be a "fad", I suppose, but this name has always sounded feminine to me, more so than masculine. That's probably why I've never had problems with this name. The "son" honestly doesn't bug me, either. I guess I'm more tolerant when it comes to names. XD.
-- CanadianChibi  4/18/2009
My friend's name is Madison, but she goes by her middle name (Bailey) but whenever she says it, she pronounces is "Mad-i-sin" so the "son" never given a second thought.
-- Makenna14  4/24/2009
Madison is not feminine sounding. You (general you) think it's feminine because most Madisons you've ever heard of have been girls.
-- Anonymous User  5/19/2009
My name is Madeline and it's so pretty, not like ugly Madison. I absolutely HATE that name. In my opinion it is HORRIBLY overused in every way. It shouldn't be a name.
-- Anonymous User  6/7/2009
I don't want to bash the name Madison, though I do want to say that it's overused. I'm just tired of seeing so many Madisons. To add my two cents to the interesting conversations above, Madison is bearable for a girl, but very nice for a boy.
-- Anonymous User  6/13/2009
This is my little sister's name. I don't really think it suits her. I actually do not like the name, and I despise the nicknames "Maddie", "Maddi", or "Maddy".
-- Anonymous User  6/17/2009
Why not Madeline? It is way prettier and it was meant for a girl, unlike Madison!
-- Anonymous User  6/27/2009
Since most "son" names are patronymics, the gender question actually comes up even with the "source name." Although the "Maud's son" etymology is often given, I suspect that the poster who listed "Mad's son" ("Mad" being a nickname for "Matthew") is onto something. There are apparent variant last names that would suggest as much (Madsen, Madson, Matson--as in Boyd).

Of course, that doesn't mean it cannot and should not be used for girls--but the link to a supposed Maud(e) in history may well be a fiction. At the very least, it's not the sole source of the name.

A possible inspiration for (rare) feminine use prior to the movie SPLASH in 1984 might be a song penned by the late singer/songwriter Laura Nyro. Entitled "Mercy On Broadway," the opening lyrics are "Madison smiled/and she hung with a band of strays." The lyrics are so cryptic, it's not really clear WHO or even WHAT Madison is, but the name is linked to the feminine pronoun. It's possible this rarely heard song might have inspired limited use of the name for girls as early as 1969.

Social acceptability for feminine names ending in "-son," may actually have gained ground with the popularity of Alison/Allison (and all its variants) from at least the 1960s on. That name is, in most cases, a diminutive form of Alice (although as a last name, it may have a different etymology). Nevertheless, Alison may have indirectly paved the way for Madison.
-- gbcallahan  7/4/2009
Completely tacky, soulless, uninspired, juvenile, and overused. I don't see the appeal of this name, though I will admit that I thought it was kind of interesting the first time I saw it used on a girl. The nickname Maddie is also extremely overused, and makes me think of the Blue Meanies from the movie Yellow Submarine. It sounds like "Mad at son" or "Mad is son," and doesn't even sound in the least feminine. When I hear this name, I think, "Ooh, over-trendy parents!"
-- Anyechka  7/9/2009
This name is WAY too popular right now. This name came to be a girls name through a movie where the character gets it from a street sign. I doubt half the girls who have this name now even know where it comes from. It's clearly masculine and it's even more obviously masculine for Americans because it's the last name of one of our presidents. I can't wait until this name dies down. Not only do I think it sounds bad (as a girl's OR boy's name), it will date anyone who has it, the way that names like Rose or Susan or Jessica will date someone to a time period. Not to mention whichever girl has this name has to come to terms that it, again, came from a movie where the character unknowningly chose a man's name as her own.
In conclusion, I think the name sounds bad, has a bad origin for the girl's version, is way too trendy, and will become dated in about 10 years.
-- plutogirlgenius  8/24/2009
I think everyone here is over exaggerating. I personally believe this is a beautiful name. Do we really give a crap about name meanings anymore?
-- nadiaxox  9/18/2009
Madison is a horrible name for a girl. I catch not why parents are taking boy's names (Addison, Peyton, Hayden, Riley) and turning them into girl's names! It means Maud's son!
-- MaggieSimpson  10/26/2009
Yes, it means 'son of maud', but did you ever notice that there is NO NAME that means 'daughter of'? Ashley and Tracy were guys names, but nobody cries 'that's a BOYS name' when you name your daughter Ashley. Yes, there are names that are meant for boys only, but not everybody wants a super frilly girly girl name for their daughter. And no I actually do not like the name Madison. The MAD part bothers me and Maddy/Maddie is incredibly annoying.
-- McHobbit  10/28/2009
It ends in son and is way too common. I could never give this name to a girl. It's not nice for a boy either but still many times better.
-- Anonymous User  12/28/2009
I think this name is very sweet and pretty. It is suitable for all ages and ONLY girls - it's so feminine! People who have this name are so lucky!
-- starz26  1/24/2010
People who think that this is a good female name because of Amanda, Samantha, Mandy and so on, please get a life. Those names have nothing to do with being a man or anything like that.
You're either stupid and think that catholic church worships cats because of the word or just refuse to admit that you have become used to the name on girls or that you don't care about it being obviously masculine etc.
-- Anonymous User  1/26/2010
I do NOT like this name, BUT if you find it ridiculous on a girl simply because it means son of Maud it would be just as ridiculous for any boy whose mother isn't called Maud. I personally dislike this name because of the MAD part, not because of the son part.
-- McHobbit  2/20/2010
Personally I love the name Madison, it sounds like a more grown up version of Madeline. Many people on this comment board say they hate the name Madison but if everyone hates it so much why is it still to this day a very popular GIRLS name? Which obviously means most people think this name is nice.
-- Anonymous User  3/12/2010
So what if Madison was a boys name! GET OVER IT! It's a great girls name! Seriously would anyone in their right frame of mind name their son Madison instead of their daughter?! A day in NEVER!
-- Anonymous User  3/26/2010
Stop this stupidity!

You do realise that names are not strictly assigned to a certain gender, don't you? Names CAN be unisex. Look at Charlie, Alex, Nicky, Taylor, Ashley, Lee.
-- ListenToAsuka  5/14/2010
I used to have a extremely visceral "YUCK" reaction to it and now it's hardly a blip on my name fug radar. This is what overexposure does. However, it's still bleak and shabby choice when all said and done. And it's still no different from Adamson or Johnson.
-- Anonymous User  7/13/2010
I personally cannot understand the appeal in giving your daughter a name that was used as JOKE in a Tom Hanks movie. The writers had the mermaid pick the name because the idea of the name Madison on a girl was so ridiculous. And it still is. I look forward to seeing this name regarded as terribly dated and unpopular as the names Myrtle and Gertrude are now.
-- Starshelle  7/21/2010
My name and I am a girl! I love this name and I also love to shorten it to Maddie! (:
-- Madison101  8/7/2010
It's not really a bad sounding name at all, but I wouldn't use it. Not really my style.
-- Chrila96  8/21/2010
I know a Madison. Actually, I know 4 Madisons and 1 Madisan. One of them is sweet, caring, nice, feminine, and beautiful. The others? Not so much.
I don't like this name. It's too popular. I hate all of those popular names like Ashley, Lindsay, Hayley, Jennifer, Rebecca, etc.
I don't like the sound of this name; and it's so trendy. What girl wants to be one of three Madisons in her class?
-- DaphneSusan  9/1/2010
I am an eighteen year-old girl named Madison. I'm not stupid, I'm not a mall rat, I'm not a stripper or a whore, and my parents are not illiterate idiots. While I understand that I shouldn't take it personally when people say they don't like my name, it's hard not to get offended when the insults get this nasty. Please, people, think before you post - it's fine to speak your mind, but think of the younger girls with this name who might be reading your comments right now and tone it down a little. There is a line between mere dislike and all-out bashing and many of you have crossed it.
-- JDclown  10/24/2010
I cannot understand for the life of me why anyone would want to bestow a name that means "son of" on their beautiful feminine daughter. That being said, I don't hate this name, but I don't love it either. It makes a good masculine middle name though.
-- Chrila96  12/1/2010
A terrible name. Unappealing sound, uninspired meaning, not to mention that it's sickeningly popular. I pity anyone, male or female, with this name.
-- Ouaie  12/26/2010
What part of the -son ending is unclear to people? Names have meanings, whether you want to ignore them or not. Naming a girl Madison is the equivalent of naming a boy Johnsdaughter.
-- AMR71  1/12/2011
Madison makes Lady Maude cry.
-- Anonymous User  1/15/2011
A boring, nothingy, virtually meaningless name. I hope it goes away soon.
-- keepitreal  1/29/2011
Personally, I've hated this name ever since I was a child. It seems very weak, like the kind of name you would find on a cheerleader or shopaholic. I also object to the mass transformation of male surnames into girl's first names (Avery, Riley, Addison, etc.). Female names with "-son" on the end make no sense. I've often joked that everyone named Madison should really have been named "Madidaughter."
-- kkgnoise  2/2/2011
I am 17 and my name is Madison. I have a 4.0 GPA, I love to read, I don't hate everyone, and I am not stuck up or rich. You have every right to hate my name. But you do not have the right to categorize me because of your preconceived notions about a NAME. I think we all need to keep in mind that names aren't detached from the individual... and comments hurt, especially when the comment targets a personality. DON'T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER. A parent's preference does not define an individual. So if you are really so bored that you need to viciously attack something inanimate like a name, then the fact that this name is appalling to you is the least of your problems.
-- Mlynne29  2/9/2011
Trendy. Very trendy. Plus, it means "SON of Maud", making it masculine, no matter how many people use it as feminine nowadays. And parents, if you want to use this name but you're having a daughter, you could always use the softer, much more feminine name Madeline, right?
-- Black_X  2/21/2011
Wow, I have never seen such hostility, by presumably grown people, towards a name.
Lest we all forget, that A Rose, by any other name, still smells the same. It's a name, for crying out loud.
Both of my daughters (now 22 and 17) are beautiful, strong, intelligent young women. They both graduated high school early, and are doing just fine... Despite being named ASHLEY and MADISON.
Get a grip people. And although it's been stated many times prior, remember that young people do come to this site to look at people's opinions of their names. There is absolutely no reason for all the cruel words. None.
-- madashmom  2/21/2011
It's a nice name, but ENOUGH ALREADY! You can't throw a rock in a playground without hitting a Madison.
-- mrose19  6/8/2011
My best friend is named Madison. We call her Madi for short. I don't see why everyone's like, "Oh well this is a dumb name because it's for boys!" and all that, because it's a unisex name. It's a sweet name for girls and a tough name for boys. For girls the name is overused, but I still like the name. I mean really, why is there such a fuss over unisex names these days? Madison is a good name for boys and girls, so we shouldn't be arguing over it, right?
-- blondieboo629  7/7/2011
I have a cousin named Madison (female). She refused to ever go by a nickname so she was strictly Madison. She's now a senior in college and I have a feeling she doesn't like her name much.
-- JaciGia  8/4/2011
This is by no means my favorite name, but I don't particularly mind it either. The city of Madison, Wisconsin isn't such an unfortunate namesake compared to other place names. Money magazine even called it the best place to live in the US back in 96. I do however, despise the nickname "Maddy". I'd still take Madison over Madelyn or Addison any day. I don't care about the "son of Maud" meaning at all. The name Charlotte, derived from Charles, means man. And that is undoubtedly a feminine name, right? If you just don't care for Madison on a girl, that's fine, but don't bring up the "meaning" argument all the time.
-- Proctorness  8/6/2011
Madison is honestly my most hated girl's name. The meaning of it doesn't even bother me that much, but just say it out loud. It sounds ugly, whiny, and bratty. I know not ALL Madisons are like that (I'm sure MOST aren't even like that!) and I know a girl named Madison who is VERY smart, talented, and one of the sweetest people I've ever met, BUT that's just what the name sounds like to me. I also think Madison will become the new Jennifer. I've known way too many Madisons ranging in the 0-12 age range for it not to be.

I REALLY love Madeline though.
-- LittleSamGirl  8/18/2011
Great name for boys. For girls it's pretty weird.
-- Meg_Simpson  9/1/2011
Madison. Way, way overused. Like McKenzie and Kaitlyn and the rest of those trendy names. And I dislike "Maddie" even more. Yuck.
-- blake7134  10/25/2011
I don't mind the name Madison, I think its definitely feminine. It's a bit overused and I don't think I would use it as a first name, but maybe as a second name:) xoxo
-- Grace_Scarlette  12/17/2011
My wife wanted to use this name if we had a daughter. I'm glad we had a son. I detest this name for a girl. Why name somebody whose image connotes a 19th century President? And which has the word 'son' at the end. You can't get a less feminine name than Madison. What were people thinking?

At least you can go with 'Maddie'.
-- arch_nemesis_20  12/20/2011
Such a tacky, pretentious name for a girl. I'm sorry, but I just can't see how a name ending in "son" can be considered feminine at all. Parents who are set on something beginning with "mad" should instead consider Madeline--classic, beautiful, and has plenty of potential nicknames. I appreciate that some parents want to think outside the box, but this trend of slapping masculine names onto little girls is getting old and irritating.
-- jbr1234  3/13/2012
For those who feel Madison is not feminine or dislike it, the name Maddie (for short) is derived from Magdelena, a holy woman in the bible. The name represents a strong, honest and kind person. A name truly shines or dulls depending on the person who carries it. A beautiful, kind person can make any name look good, in fact my dog is named Madison - Maddie for short. Some of the comments are quite rude toward those who may love the name. Maybe it's best to keep your negative opinions to yourself, and live and let live. If you don't like it, fine. Say you don't like it, but don't make unintelligent judgements towards others who might. Practically every girl in Kentucky is named Madison and there is a reason why. It's beautiful. :)
-- madisonpuppy  3/14/2012
That's a ridiculous argument. You are basically saying that Madison and Magdalena are the same name because they share the same potential nickname, Maddie. By that logic, people should just name their daughters Magdalena instead of Madison. THAT I approve of, because Magdalena is a much better name for a girl.

Also why would you WANT to share a name with tons of girls where you live? So you can conform to everyone and be mixed up with someone else all the time? I should think that you would want to have a more unique, memorable name that better defines you as an individual. But to each his own, I suppose.

P.S. We are entitled to our opinions, negative or not. Not everyone is going to see eye to eye with you.
-- jbr1234  4/15/2012
While at work, I had a customer named Madison, a man. He was in his 50s-60s, and wasn't the first Madison in his family either. He told me that it had been used on men in his family since slightly before the Civil War (1861-1865). You're looking at over 150 years of usage of this name on men.

Nor will he be the last of men in his family to have the name Madison, as he named his son Madison, as well. I hope they continue to use this very MASCULINE name on the proper gender!
-- InfamousBunny  4/27/2012
I love the name Madison. It doesn't even sound like a boy name anymore. Anybody with a son who also has Madison as family name is SOL! Civil War blah blah blah. That's how life is. Get over it.
-- ri836a  5/7/2012
I stand alone in liking this name for a girl. Who cares if it ends in -son? Is that going to make your daughter grow a penis overnight?
-- Anonymous User  5/26/2012
Madison Pettis (born 1998 in Arlington, Texas) is an American actress.
-- Anonymous User  6/1/2012
Madison De La Garza (born 2001 in Dallas, Texas) is an American actress. She is the maternal half-sister of Demi Lovato.
-- Anonymous User  6/1/2012
I don't like this name all that much for either sex... honestly, not my cup of tea. I would never use it for either gender, especially on a female. I do think other people have the right to name the children whatever they want. However, similarly, everyone has a right to their opinion. And here's mine:

Personally I just wish that people would consider the scores of very feminine and beautiful names available for girls before using names that were originally meant for boys. There are lots of girl names that I feel don't get enough credit. Yeah, I know that this name is now more popular for girls, but that really doesn't change the name's history nor does it change its meaning. I read plenty of people on here saying stuff like, "Yeah, it used to be a boy's name, SO WHAT?!?" So what, indeed. If you don't care about the name's history or meaning, go right ahead and use it. Knock yourself out. You can name your daughter that if you want. I personally don't mind and no one will stop you. Just accept that other people might be turned off by your choice, because a name's history and meaning does mean something to them. You who like Madison on a girl definitely have a right to your opinion. But so do those who don't like the name on girls because of its male meaning/history.
-- spaz123  7/10/2012
How many people know the meanings of names? Madison is WAY too popular for people my age (I am 13 and Australian). My friend Maddison says it means Son of the Mighty Warrior. Names like Dana mean Baby Cow and we still use them. My name means deep dark black wood. Not everyone wants girly girl princessy names for their daughter.
-- littlemissebony  7/22/2012
I hated Madison. It makes me think of the city in Wisconsin, and it's way too trashy.
-- Kinola  8/6/2012
Melanie Brown from the Spice Girls has a daughter named Madison Brown Belafonte (born 2011). I don't really think it's that bad; just a bit boring.
-- zaki95  9/13/2012
I am rather surprised at all the posts on here saying that Madison is a bad name for a girl. Maybe it's because the name ends with "son", and chances are it was a boy's name before the "Splash" movie came out. I love the name Madison. However, it has gotten to be really common these days. Moms-to-be who are considering naming your daughters Madison... be prepared! In a few years there will be a Madison A., Madison B., Madison Q., and Madison T. All in one class (I feel for them... I have a name that is painfully common in my generation). I still think Madison is a pretty name though.
-- St.ClairK59  10/5/2012
I like Madison. I don't care if it's trendy, and I don't care if it's used for a girl despite ending in -son. Doesn't bother me, I still think it's a good name.
-- Billina  10/10/2012
Ok, I understand if you just don't like the name or you're a stickler about meanings, but it is just rude to call someone's name ugly & trashy. I have absolutely LOVED growing up with the name and yes I am a very feminine FEMALE. I don't give a flying fart in space if it means "son of maude." And I love the movie Splash even though it's not where my parents got the idea. I have never met a male with my name, and only 1 other female. There are a lot of little girls now with it, so it is more popular. Popular names are still pretty, and in my opinion you shouldn't rule out names because other people have them. A person's inner individuality ahould suffice for identity. It's pretty easy to call someone's name ugly & trashy over the internet, but keep it classy jeez. And my parents aren't stupid for naming me a classically masculine name- it's called being progressive, this isn't the dark ages.
-- MADISON_PROUD  11/10/2012
I like the name Madison for a girl. Who cares about the 'son' ending?.. the name Alison ends in son and nobody seems to care about that ^.^
-- Anonymous User  11/23/2012
Well, anonymous, here's some news: Alison was originally a diminutive of Alice, most definitely a feminine name. It does not mean 'son of', and though it is rarely used on boys, it's generally accepted as a feminine name. Madison, however... is a different case entirely.
-- Anonymous User  8/23/2013
I hate this name. It's the ugliest name of all on girls. It's stupid that it was a guy's name and means son, but even worse is it is just so hideously ugly. It sounds like medicine. I can't hear it without cringing, and saying it leaves a sick taste in my mouth. Ick! It's beyond me how anyone could think this pretty. You would seem to be deprived of beauty to think there is anything remotely sweet about this gag-inducing surname.
-- thesnowwhiterose  4/13/2013
Boring and overused. I've gotten sick of this name a long time ago.
-- Lolth  4/16/2013
My name is Madison, and I like it. I think the name Madison can sound mysterious/quiet, preppy, or girly. You can also go by Madi/Maddy/Maddie, which is super cute for people less than 20 years old. Although I usually don't like common names, the name Madison has a nice, versatile, clean sound.
-- avengingangelx3  5/6/2013
This name, in my opinion, is better for boys.
-- MeinNameIstMelissa  5/30/2013
Madison is a nice name to me. I think it's good for all ages, it's preppy, and it's classy. It's unique enough but the teacher won't mess her name up. I like Madison.
-- toxicfruitcaake  6/10/2013
I've never understood the appeal and popularity of this name for a girl other than the nickname 'Maddie'. It's not only masculine but it originated as a result of a joke in a movie (Splash - mermaid calls herself Madison). It just strikes me as a name with little character - a bit boring and dull.
-- Almonds  7/25/2013
This is a ridiculously boring name, and frankly I am surprised it's so popular.
-- Gio123  8/11/2013
This name is so ugly! And a bit dated for me.
-- helena1990  9/1/2013
The name Maddie sounds beautiful, mature, and one of those names that has a lot of good nicknames.
The only downside that I can see is how popular it is.
Cheers. :)
-- Anonymous User  9/14/2013
I think Madison is a lovely name. I can see a lot of people using it. I do not care if you do not like it. It is a name so deal with it. Don't you have something better to do than sit here and complain how ugly the name "Madison" is? Get a life moron. It gets me so upset, because my name is Madison. It is very original at my school, It is not used, I think I would've been the 1st Madison for a while, It is a popular name... I wouldn't want another name but Madison.. So get a life.
-- Anonymous User  9/19/2013
I actually like this name on a girl, despite its meaning. It just sounds attractive to me.
-- Lee Augustus  9/30/2013
Madison is more of a boy's name where I am concerned.
-- Anonymous User  10/3/2013
Before I found this site, I began noticing how common Madison is as a name. I remember Madison, a porn star in the 90's and I lived in Madison, WI for a time, and there's James Madison, but I never expected Madison to become a popular, non porn star name.
And I don't get why.
-- Mooderator  10/19/2013
This name just sounds so plain and boring, no idea why it's so popular. O.o I guess it's old fashioned and easy to remember?
-- Anonymous User  10/21/2013
Yes, this name has the suffix 'son' and the meaning is 'Son of Maud', but if you like how this name SOUNDS, and aren't a stickler for meanings, then why can't you name your daughter this? You people who are commenting horrible, nasty things on how you hate the name- the solution is simple- DONT comment at all! If you don't like the name, what's stopping you from not liking it? Keep your nasty comments to yourself. A lot of people, including me love this name and your sour attitude is unecessary. If you don't like the name, don't name your daughter that. If you do like the name, don't be hesitant on what other people think because it's your daughter, you'll be the one taking care of her for the rest of your life, so why should a random anonymous person online stop you from naming your daughter that? They aren't taking care of your children! You don't even know them. I haven't even seen the movie 'Splash' so you can't say that I like this name because of the movie. I like how it sounds. We live somewhere where we have the right to name our children whatever we want, even if you do get criticized for your name- over shine them with your personality. In our current society, trust me- the last thing people care about is your name. You're judged on your attitude, personality, even looks- but never your name. Girls can be named this and so can boys, whatever floats your boat. My cousin Madison grew up to be a lawyer, and her name was definitely not an obstacle of getting there. If you work hard the university professors won't say "oh, we can't put her through because she has a boys name."
Lastly, most people don't live by the meaning of their name, because is everyone named taylor a tailor? Is everyone named Paige a page? Exactly.
I love this name so much and my daughter will definitely be named this because I LIKE IT.
-- Anonymous User  11/13/2013
I hate the name Madison passionately. It is so common it is unbelievable and is very masculine and unattractive. It boggles my mind how people would want to name their daughter this name that was originally made for boys.
-- MusicBelle  11/22/2013
In my eighteen years I have known five Madisons- and I don't even have a social life! One of them was an attention whore who pretended to have psycological problems in order to garner sympathy and friendship-and it worked. Ugh. This name is SO lacking in originality and sounds like a surname a parent randomly picked up from a phonebook and tacked onto their child. It's better for boys, but I don't like it for either gender. Don't get me wrong, I am sure there are loads of fine, lovely Madisons of both sexes-I've known some, but I just don't like the sound of this name.
And the idea that feminine names cannot be strong/ girls cannot be strong unless they have a masculine name is a preposterous chauvenist insult. There is a unique and unmatched strength in feminity.
-- Anonymous User  1/16/2014
I am not a fan of the name Madison, it is extremely overused and is originally a boys name and to me sounds very masculine. I tend to think of someone named Madison as flaky, intelligent and overly interested in themselves.
-- LadyEleanor  1/23/2014
I see nothing feminine about this name.
-- Jason Malcolm  3/11/2014
Why so much hate for the name Madison? It is absolutely a beautiful feminine name. Sorry, but I cannot see a guy named Madison.
-- cherry447  3/25/2014
I positively loathe this as a female name. It's one thing to give your daughter a name traditionally used for males, but why would you give a girl a name that pointedly refers to her as someone's son?
-- XICooper  3/29/2014
There is a famous bearer named Madison White.
-- Anonymous User  4/3/2014
I can NOT stand this name on a GIRL! It is NOT a girls name! MadiSON.
I have this name in my top ten for boys, though. Madison Ross. (:

And I know a male Madison who is about 20 years old.
-- igoesrawrOMG  4/17/2014
This name will always be controversial. However, people say it was first used on boys when actually no it was first an English surname and was then used on boys so it wasn't used for boys originally. I don't think there is anything wrong with a girl named Madison and personally love the name, especially as it can have the nickname Maddie.
-- caitlinjade  5/27/2014
Um, okay, why does everyone care who names their kid Madison or not? My name is Madison, I'm a girl, who cares! I honestly don't think it's your place to say whether or not a parent should name their kid something. It's a unisex name, therefore a boy AND a girl can be named Madison.
-- Madison Leffler  7/11/2014
Why does everyone think Madison can be just a boys name? My name is Madison and I'm a girl. Madison can be a girls name too! I don't care about the meaning "Son of Maud." I personally do not care. I think Madison is more of a girls name to me then a boys name! I do not know a single boy named Madison. I know one girl in my grade with the same name! It was my moms favorite name so she decided to name me Madison. I was named after the mermaid, Madison from the movie Splash, I personally don't care about if it's a joke. To me, it's not. I don't care if you think it's a joke. Madison can also be a girls name and I love it and I'm proud of my name and always will be. I don't know why people think Madison can be just a boys name, it's okay if you don't like it. Like the "Son" in the name Madison, you can't name your name "Madidaughter." It makes no sense! I don't care if my name can be a boys name, I love it and I'm proud of it.
-- arianagrandelover1  8/6/2014
Holy smokes! I can't believe how angry people get over this name! Guess what, what someone names their baby has NOTHING TO DO WITH YOU! AND FRANKLY IT'S NOT REALLY ANY OF YOUR BUSINESS. So get over yourselves.
Calling someone ignorant for loving a name is actually pretty ignorant in itself. Madison is not originally a boys name, it's a SURNAME! Get your facts straight.
While yes it is popular, I think that means something. This name is bound to be well received (so long as you aren't talking to some of the people on this site of course).
-- haileyrose  8/14/2014
Madison Beer is an American singer.
-- LoveHeartKawaii  8/19/2014
Ugh. Chalkboards on the wall type of name.
Sterotypical blonde, preppy and excessively whiny, fake, spoiled snob type of a name if I ever did see one.
I am so sick of this name. I don't like it even if it's a surname.
-- Anonymous User  8/27/2014
My name is Madison, and in no way am I a "stupid" blonde (I don't even know where that stereotype came from; there’s no basis). I’m one of the top students in my class, despite struggling with chronic illness - and I’m not stuck up, either. I was named after a great family friend named Addison, a man who died when I was young - he was perfectly fine with it. I choose to think that despite the “manly” meaning, I am creating my own with my name by what I do, not on the basis of a movie or the meaning some deem must be true. Keep your negative comments to yourselves, morons; the fact that you feel an incessant need to comment about a name, that, once again, is a basis for one's own made destiny, shows what kind of person you really are.

Furthermore, though I know many people with my name, I'm not deterred by any of your opinions. You’re free to disagree with me, but don't call people who named their children this illiterate, strippers, or trash. My father works for IBM, has a top-secret clearance, and my mother basically puts together and edits the news you see on CNN International. What was the counterclaim against me, again?
-- __Maddie__S__  8/31/2014
You talk pure crap just like a Madison! You're just proving what I said even more. Your father works with IBM and your mother CNN and all that. As though I'm supposed to feel scared or something? Ha! Your parents' jobs are irrelevant to the discussion. The only thing that I do agree with is that not every single Madison has blonde hair. A great majority of them do though, from what it seems-though features don't really matter in this case. Doesn't take away the fact that the name is followed by this stigma of belonging to an excessively preppy, whiny, spoiled and fake type of girl. A little girl throwing a tantrum because she didn't get her way to an older one, freaking out because someone didn't get the right color of a car they wanted.
I'm not saying you are like that. Just that the name itself draws that image. I've seen it countless times with Madisons and I've known a lot of them.
-- Anonymous User  9/9/2014
While I dislike my own name, Maddison (and would have preferred to have been called something less masculine, I suppose), I don't honestly see why people have pushed so much hate toward it. There is nothing wrong with parents who choose this name for their children, most people don't even know it was a boy's name in the beginning.
There's no point to making people who share the name "Maddison" and are graced with a female gender feel awful, so please keep unpleasant and harmful opinions to yourself. While I'm not proud of my name as such, I've had a day ruined by comments of people I don't even know on it.

The name is not what makes the person.
-- Maddison  9/25/2014
Alas, all I can think of when I hear it is 'the capital of Wisconsin'. Not a name that I, personally, would give a child.
-- Anonymous User  10/15/2014

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