I don’t love it but it’s kind of nice. I’m eleven years old and I’ve seen the movie Splash so I know where it came from. Madison Avenue. We actually named our chicken that. My name is Madeline but I’m called Maddie and I think that Maddie is nice and I like it for a kid, baby, teen and adult but I really dislike Madeline. It sounds like an old lady’s name. To this day, I still wish my name was Madison and that’s the only spelling I like. People always assume that Maddie is short for Madison. Even my coach and one of my team mates on my basketball team called me Madison and I just let them because I like it. Even if my name was Madison, I’d still want to go by Maddie.
Chibi_Sam  5/1/2020
A patronimic masculine for a baby girl? Trash! So this name is a big no, thank you.
― Anonymous User  4/25/2020
I think Madison is super cute, but it's really common. I prefer it spelled MADISYN. That's actually what I gave to one of my daughters as her middle name! Also, I think the meaning should be "daughter of Maud". Girls are getting named Madison, not boys!
KarenB  4/23/2020
My niece's name. She loves it. As a surname/boy's name gone girl's...this seems like such a fiery topic...sheesh.
At this point, I would no longer name my son this...or Addison, Ashley, Avery, Reese, Courtney, etc. As much as you may want to reclaim these boy names, or it’s a family name, you fell in love with it for a boy... it is not your child’s fight. I wouldn’t want to burden them. Only older people are surprised by the switch on gender, but for your child, their peers will not know that it was once a male name nor care.
That’s my two cents on the matter. Do what’s best for the kid, not you, is what I guess I’m trying to say.
― Anonymous User  3/4/2020
I'm not too fond of surnames or city names being repurposed as first names. Do understand some of the possible motivations behind it, like wanting to give a child a unisex name or perhaps to preserve an ancestral surname that might otherwise disappear from the family tree. Harder to understand is somebody who names their child after a soap opera character or a minor celebrity, which might account for a few Madisons.

Madison also sounds very stereotypically "trendy white American" to my ears and I can't help associating it with Ashley Madison dot com, the dating website designed specifically to attract married American men interested in committing adultery.

In any case, it's not a name that resonates with me personally in terms of aesthetics, tradition, culture, or otherwise. If I were collaborating with a spouse on a baby name and had a veto, I would use it to cross Madison off of the list without a second thought.
― Anonymous User  3/3/2020
Obvious masculine meaning. Why is this being used for girls?
someone-  2/29/2020
So yeah, I was saddled with Madison and never knew so many people hated my name... I never really loved my name I usually go by Maddy. As I’ve gotten older I’ve started to like it more, my boyfriend likes it so I guess that’s nice (right?) I do know one other Madison, she spells her name “Maddie” which everyone thinks is the right way. My name constantly gets misspelled I’ve said my name was Madison and someone spelled it “Madason” which I get, sounding it out but, like, come on... so I guess to all the people that hate it so much, settle down a bit.
maddy4  2/18/2020
Madison seems like a nice name. It’s weird how it’s always been soooo trendy and popular as a girl’s name and thousands of baby girls would be named Madison every year or so, but the meaning of the name sounds like males should be named this rather than females. Madison means “SON of Maud/SON of Matthew”. Son. Not daughter. And this name doesn’t really sound all that feminine to me, but I could never name a boy Madison either. I used to think this was a girl’s name, but it sounds like it could make a comeback as a boy’s name, especially for women named Maud and men named Matthew to honor their son with this name. I still don’t know whether I prefer this name on a girl or a boy.
tHE nAMING kITTY  2/13/2020
When I first saw this name I thought it meant "son of Madi."

I'm ridiculous.
― Anonymous User  12/16/2019
I don't mean to offend anyone with this name, and I am fine with people who like this name, but I just don't like this name at all. I know 6 Maddies who are Madisons, and there are about 10 ways to spell it. It doesn't sound good, and I think it would better suit a boy, but nowadays any boy with this name would be teased for having a "girl name".
MintLemonadeBerry  11/14/2019
This name would be cool to see on a boy. On girls it’s also pretty but way overused.
Mykedewolf  11/2/2019
Woah, why do these ratings suck! It isn’t as bad as 53 percent! It’s even lower than the ratings of Lucas!
nylonpanda  9/18/2019
Sounds a bit masculine and surnamey-ish and I don't really like how it starts with the word "Mad".
― Anonymous User  9/10/2019
While very common for females nowadays, it's become scarce for males since the 80s.
RHAWK3935  9/5/2019
Good paired with Addison. In my honest opinion.
wh0sbad  7/29/2019
Nice name!
GabriellaConcetta  7/24/2019
I used to dislike this name, but after hearing it used in a movie, I liked the way it sounded in full form. I feel like no girls use the full name and just use the shortened Maddy/Maddie. This name is extremely common and I hear it everywhere. I wish more girls used the full name, as it is pretty without being too girly.
― Anonymous User  6/27/2019
Madison “Maddie” McGhee is the daughter of Rozonno and Mia of the reality show “Growing Up McGhee”.
― Anonymous User  5/18/2019
Madison is a cute name. I understand that this is traditionally masculine and it originally started out as a boy’s name, but then it was eventually cancelled as a boy’s name. Madison is more of a girl’s name in my book anyways. Until I came on this website, I never thought of Madison as a boy’s name, it has always sounded feminine to me and I’ve met so many girls named Madison, no boys. I think it’s weird for Madison to end with -son and mean the Son of Maud when it’s commonly used as a girl’s name now. It’s so popular for girls right now, that I just wouldn’t use it on a boy! I wouldn’t stop anyone from naming their son this though!
xxCreative_Mindxx  4/6/2019
Madison “Maddie” Nicole Ziegler is a actress and dancer. She is known for starring on “Dance Moms” for six seasons along with her Mom, Melissa and her little sister, Mackenzie. She is known for the critically acclaimed Sia music videos which include “Chandelier”, “Elastic Heart”, “Big Girls Cry”, “Cheap Thrills” And “The Greatest”. She is also known for starring as Christina in “The Book of Henry” and as Camille in “Leap”.
Claire_Elisabeth  4/1/2019
My name is Madison. I like it, though I never really used to. I don't like it when people call me 'mad'. I was teased a little and I got mad. This boy would say do you know why you're name is Madison? Because your name has mad in it! I have never seen him since 2015, thankfully. People call me Madi mostly. That is how I like it.
Madison1107  3/6/2019
Madison Nicole Ziegler, better known as “Maddie” is a dancer and actress. She is known for starring on “Dance Moms” for six seasons and the hit video “Chandelier” in 2014. She also has a YouTube channel with over 1 million subscribers.
― Anonymous User  2/18/2019
I think Madison means “the daughter of Maud” FOR OBVIOUS REASONS. Simple, because girls are getting named this and not boys.
― Anonymous User  1/11/2019
I always thought this name was a female name, I never knew it was also a male name as well. I honestly think this name is an okay name but not really my style, just seeing how popular this name is just makes me not like it even more. I hope that the popularity will go down in the future because it can be a lovely name in lots of different ways, but then again if the popularity goes down it still doesn’t change people's opinions, popular or not doesn’t matter.
― Anonymous User  1/2/2019
I know Madison originates as a masculine name, well it was formerly a surname, then it became a male names and now it’s almost exclusive for girls. Honestly, I think it’s usually the names ending with -son that are actually more associated with girls when girls are DAUGHTERS. Madison is starting to be known as a feminine name and historically masculine. Names change gender overtime.

Madison is a very beautiful name and I can see why it’s so trendy. It’s a very nice name and I personally prefer it for a girl. I can’t imagine this on a boy. It does look 99% feminine but it still doesn’t seem masculine enough to fit a young boy or a grown man. I’ve never even met a male at all with the name Madison so that’s just based off my personal impression. Actually, I can seem to picture this name on a male a little, but I still think the name suits girls better than boys!
― Anonymous User  12/12/2018
Typical trashy name that Yankee loves. US citizens love these ridiculous names that the rest of the world finds horrible. Madison, Allison, Riley, Mason, Aubree etc... the list is really long. Trashy names for trash people like a toxic and immoral Hollywood star or popstar.
― Anonymous User  12/11/2018
You really need to do a little research before you vent your hatred of Americans while trying to pretend that you hate them because of their taste in names. Madison is currently #35, Riley #43 but has been as high as #8, and Mason #37 in England and Wales. Evidently "the rest of the world" doesn't find them so "horrible" after all. You can hate the names, but you can't say that they are uniquely American.
queenv  3/13/2019
For some reason, it just always makes me think of medicine. Sorry!
ElizabethEstelle  12/9/2018
It’s a great unisex name for both boys or girls. I love it on a girl, but I still like it as a boy's name too. It’s very popular for girls but it is so rare for boys. It’s unusual and unique to name your son Madison at this time. I’ve only met girl Madisons and have a few female friends with the name Madison, so I tend to think girl.

Quiet honestly, I think it’s the names that end with -son that are better for girls and popular for that gender. Names like Madison, Addison, Emerson, and Allison. Though Allison isn’t supposed to be masculine. I absolutely love this name for a girl but it’s still masculine enough for a boy. It’s just more feminine due to my personal impression. I also love the nickname Maddy for Madison:)
― Anonymous User  11/23/2018
As someone who lives in Madison, I wonder how many "Madisons" are in Madison.
― Anonymous User  11/21/2018
I think that Madison is a beautiful name! For a girl and a boy! I'm a girl and when I was little and I would play games with my friends, I would always choose Madison to be my name for the game! I don't care about how many downs that I would get for this just for saying that Madison is a good girl name, but I think that Madison is a wonderful name! For a girl and a boy! So there.
Mog-Log  11/15/2018
Either rhymes for sounds similar to the word “medicine”.
― Anonymous User  10/21/2018
In 2018, 9 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Madison who is registered female with the Social Security Administration. It is the 180th most common female first name for living U.S. citizens.

In 2018, 15 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Madison who is registered male with the Social Security Administration. It is the 2, 896th most common male first name for living U.S. citizens.
― Anonymous User  10/15/2018
This name is good for both genders. It doesn't sound as girly as names like Emma, Lucy, Zoe, Ashley etc, but is still okay for a girl really.
Hushpuppy  9/22/2018
I think it’s beautiful for either sex! But I prefer it more on a girl since I met more girls with this name.
― Anonymous User  9/20/2018
I hate the name on a boy it is soooo bad, it is far too feminine.
Taylorswiftlover13  9/10/2018
Wow, I didn't know so many people hated this name, especially on girls. I've always thought Madison sounded feminine (or maybe it's because I've only heard girls with this name) because it has Maddie in it which sounds girly to me. The suffix son and the meaning son of Maud doesn't matter to me. I cannot picture this name on a boy.
Luvbug86  9/3/2018
I think it's an okay/nice name. I just despise the nickname Maddy. I know more Maddy's than any other girl name.
futuremother99  9/2/2018
The name Madison was given to 38 boys in the US in 2017.
Lady_Skywalker  8/23/2018
Madison is just too common these days, and I dislike the nickname Maddie.
kayisforkeen  8/5/2018
My name is Madison :)) I used to hate this name but I sort of like it now. I go by Madison but I let my close friends call me Madi. I don't really think it works for a boy, but that's just me :)
madisonjane15  6/23/2018
Who cares what it means? It’s a pretty name for a girl.
― Anonymous User  6/14/2018
I think Madison is very cool on a boy. It's unique but not unheard of. It helps that you have male athletes named Madison. (e.g., Madison Bumgarner who is a baseball player for the SF Giants, Madison Hughes who is the captain of the US Rugby Team).
― Anonymous User  5/22/2018
I have a friend named Madi, short for Madison. She always complains about her name not being exotic or feminine and prefers names she finds more proper like Madeleine or Madeline. I have to agree with her, it’s way too common and doesn’t really sound nice, especially with her twin with a name she loves more, Miranda.
DanielRivera  5/10/2018
I don't mind this name. It's not my favorite name but I don't dislike it either. My best friend is named Madison.
amyelizabeth96  3/17/2018
My name is Madison and I am a girl and I think that it is a beautiful name and that people should stop making fun of it just because mad=angry/mad and son=son/boy it dose not mean angry or mad boy. I am not a boy and I think that is very offensive!
― Anonymous User  3/14/2018
My name is Madison and I go by Maddie. I have NEVER had someone make fun or say anything about my name. These comments are ridiculous! I have never met or heard of a boy being named Madison. It doesn't matter if it means "Son of Maud", it is a pretty name.
― Anonymous User  1/21/2018
I never have met a boy named Madison so I tend to think of it as female. All the comments on it being "stripper" and "Blond" are inconsiderate. I find that most names on this website have the same comments. People are just saying mean things to feel better about themselves. The reason I don't like this name is not because of stereotypes but because of the popularity. I live in the US and it seems all the kids my age are named Madison, Emily, and Jacob. (I'm 13) It can be very confusing.
GiasemiLampros  1/5/2018
My 13 year old granddaughter is named Madison. She has been Maddie since she was a toddler. Watching her grow up and interact with her peers I've noticed that having the name Madison allows her to be more accepted into a peer group that suits her. She has a high 1Q of 135. She is smart and yet very shy. She loves to consider herself a "nerd" because she is so into video games, cos-play and other sort of nerdy activities. If she had a name that was too feminine her peers would be more reluctant to interact with her because she is a very pretty girl. Because of her shyness I think her name, Madison, makes her more approachable for kids in such male dominated activities. Besides, it's just a name! It doesn't make her who she is... that comes from what's inside. Names don't make a person so for anyone to judge another by their name is awfully shallow and not someone I would want my granddaughter to be associated with. I wonder if most the people leaving crappy comments have crappy names. Too bad this site doesn't make people use their own real name as their username. Maybe then we could all have a laugh at them for once!
Mema  12/14/2017
As someone named Madison, I've always had mixed feelings about the name, especially these days I've been considering changing it. However, I'd like to believe that I'm much more than a trendy name. Yes, it's more 'masculine' but honestly- why does it matter? A name's meaning doesn't define whom that person will aspire to be. If we all live by our name's meanings, we would live in such a terrible and restricting society. Likewise, I have mutual feelings on my name. I personally think it's pretty, however these comments seem to detour me further and further from it.
Bardles  12/8/2017
I am neutral about this name. I prefer this on a boy. It's overused for girls.
― Anonymous User  11/25/2017
I hate Madison on both boys and girls. For one it's a common surname, and it's just so overused, plus the meaning is boring.
― Anonymous User  11/16/2017
Some of the things said about the name Madison are ridiculous and stereotyping. Just because some people who have this name do not so great things, it doesn't mean that every child named this beautiful girl's name is the same, it's the same as judging someone based on their appearance, but even more stupid. Since when does someone's name affect their personality?
theRebellion_xo  11/7/2017
I used to love my name, and I always shortened it to "Madi" with family. However, now I absolutely hate it. It just doesn't fit what I picture for it: popular, beautiful, shallow. Lets just hope it can be reclaimed.
madi456  11/4/2017
Don't like it purely because there is A TERRIBLE property management company (read: slumlord) called Madison Park Financial.
― Anonymous User  8/27/2017
The Maud's son explanation has never made sense to me. For one thing matronymic names are rare and seem even less likely to denote a male child. I propose this is a form of Mathison or Matheson, meaning son of Matthew. Consider the German form Matthias. English likely has a cognate of Matthias that, along with the suffix -son, morphed into the name Madison, a thoroughly male name.
Nifty_Name_Nerd  8/8/2017
Madison is historically a male name. Those who want to call their daughters Maddie may prefer the beautiful feminine name Madeline.
Nifty_Name_Nerd  8/8/2017
Madison Young, born Tina Butcher, is an American pornographic actress, director, bondage model, published writer, sexual educator and founder of Femina Potens Art Gallery, a nonprofit art gallery and performance space in San Francisco that serves the LGBTQ and Kink communities.
cutenose  7/18/2017
Madison Ivy is the stage name of an American pornographic film actress. Ivy was born in Munich, West Germany, on June 14, 1989. Shortly after her birth, her family moved to Texas, where she grew up. Instead of going to a public school, Ivy was homeschooled. In 2007, she moved to Sacramento, California, where she had jobs laying tiles, working for the fast food chain In-N-Out Burger as well as helping out as a mechanic at a local bowling alley. Later, she started dancing at a strip club, which is where she met adult film actress Aurora Snow, who gave Ivy the necessary contacts to begin a career in porn. She also said adult actress Shy Love "took under her wings" and helped her get started in the business.
cutenose  7/17/2017
Oh look, another old fashioned boy's name turned trendy for a girl, how original...{}
So over this trend. It has 0 originality. Kudos to the parents who choose this name for their sons, they're the real trend setters here.
Quro  7/7/2017
Madison La'akea Te-Lan Hall Chock is an American ice dancer. With partner Evan Bates, she is a two-time World medalist, a two-time Grand Prix Final silver medalist, a four-time Four Continents medalist, and the 2015 U.S. national champion. The two represented the United States at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
lilolaf  5/18/2017
Madison Elle Beer is an American singer and actress. She gained media attention after pop star Justin Bieber tweeted a link to a video of her singing. She later signed to Island. Beer was born on March 5, 1999, in Jericho, Long Island, New York, to Robert Beer, a luxury home builder, and Tracie Beer, an interior designer. She has a younger brother named Ryder. Her parents are divorced, and her father has remarried. She went to Jericho Middle School before being homeschooled in 2012. Beer is Jewish and of Ashkenazi descent.
cutenose  5/4/2017
Madison Hu is an American actress. She is known for playing co-lead role Frankie on the Disney Channel series Bizaardvark, and for her previous recurring role as Marci on the Disney Channel series Best Friends Whenever.
cutenose  4/6/2017
My name is Madison. It doesn't matter if it has the word "mad" or "son" in it. It doesn't matter or affect the person. I like the name just the way it is.
― Anonymous User  12/13/2016
My mum was very close to naming me Madison but I'm glad she didn't because it has become so common!
taylapaige144  10/25/2016
My name is Madison and I love my name and would never change it. I think it's rather pretty. I'm a girl and I seriously don't care about my name origin. I heard it meant SON OF MATTHEW and that's why my mum gave it to me- my dad's called Matthew and I know I'm not a son but who cares, it's cute. My mum calls me Maddy for short and I love it. My family is upper class, not "trashy" and I'm a girl, although does femininity really even matter? Just let people live and make their own choices and stay out of it.
― Anonymous User  9/11/2016
Well, I don't like the name very much personally, but the origin of the name doesn't really matter any more. It's been used too often as a girl's name for anyone to try and change it. I say let people have their fun with the name Madison!
Snnail  9/1/2016
A famous male bearer was Madison Hemings, an illegitimate son of Thomas Jefferson by his slave Sally Hemings.
Buneary  8/20/2016
If you like the 'mad' sound name her Madelyn or Madeline. And call her Maddie. Anyway, Madison wasn't a popular masculine name ever, but is a very trendy girls name. It was top ten material in the 2000s-10s.
Eileen1209864  6/25/2016
I am certainly not in love with this name! It is a masculine name with a masculine meaning, and should only be given to boys, if it's used at all! Girls don't need to be given boys' names because there are plenty of good girls names out there. If you want to use a Maddy name, please, please use Madelaine on your girl instead.
On boys this name is tolerable, but I still can't say I like it.
― Anonymous User  6/22/2016
The name Madison was given to 72 boys born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/22/2016
It doesn't matter how many girls are named Madison; the masculinity is right there in the meaning. Aside from that, it's just an ugly name. I hate the nickname Maddie, and I hate how every person I meet named Madison seems to be a special breed of annoying. Go with Madeline, Madelyn or Madalena, please.
RoseTintsMyWorld  5/9/2016
People really like to ignore the fact that, if you add up the numbers this website provides, given that in 2015, all Madison's born in or before 1997 are adults, 16-17% of Madison's are already full adults, a number which will increase as the years go by. This is not just a name associated with little kids, and definitely does not mean that just because this is your name that you're going to be mean or unprofessional as you get older. It's literally just like popular names from the 20th century, like Susan, Karen, Michelle, etc, who people most likely used to think were infantile but are now just typical adult names, and I'm SURE that Madison will be the same way. It's just currently still pretty popular which is why people still think of it as an immature little kid name, even though it's NOT.
― Anonymous User  5/7/2016
Madison is finally down from the top 10 names! *Sings Hallelujah*

Madison has been on the top 10's (USA) since 1997! About time this awful name left!
― Anonymous User  5/6/2016
I strongly dislike "Madison". It's boring and plain. I have known too many girls bearing this name and its kre8v variations, such as Madysin or Madisyn. Very few of those girls were nice.
― Anonymous User  4/20/2016
Whew boy. I'm quite surprised at all the backlash over this name! I mean, yes, it may seem peculiar to a majority of people to name your daughter a name that has -son as a suffix. But, I will admit, it does kind of have a feminine sound to it, and reminds me of names like Madeline and Matilda.
I honestly think that it is up to the parents to decide what they want to name their child. I feel that Madison can be used for either a boy or girl (even though I'd prefer it for a boy), even if it's lost its masculine feel in the 21st century.

A name is a name, and I'm not going to hate anybody for a name they decide they should give a child. I mean, there are plenty of names other than Madison that have unfortunate meanings (such as Calvin meaning "bald" and Mallory meaning "unlucky", just to name a few).

All I have to say is that you can hate a name. But, to the parents reading the comments, name your daughter or son whatever you want to name them. BUT, even though I don't wish to outright insult a name, I'll just say this: Would you name your daughter Jackson? Maybe Hudson? Perhaps even Anderson? Plus, Madison is quite trendy now. As of the time I post this it's nearly out of the Top 10 names in America, and it's been in there for almost twenty years... I think you can tell what I'm hinting at here, right?

As I said before, I can understand why someone would want to name a girl Madison, but perhaps it's time to move on from it.
― Anonymous User  4/10/2016
Madison became popular for girls because of the movie Splash. It was adorable on the mermaid, it was an innocent mistake, she chose it because she liked the sound. If you chose it for your daughter for the same reason what is the big deal?
But so many little Madisons, girls, came out of that and few know the origin. My best friend named her daughter Jaime after the 6 Million Dollar Woman. I know Samantha's from Bewitched and Emma's from the Avengers (not Jane Austin!). Do you know how many girls are being named after Daenerys (sp?) or her Kaleesyi (sp?) title? People hear a name they like and use it whatever the source. One just hopes the source isn't too bizarre for the kid's sake. Madison hardly is. Imagine being named after a creepy character.
When we named my niece, Hannah, after my great grandmother, 40 years ago everyone said "that's so old-fashioned, give her a better 2nd name so she can choose". And then a landslide of Hannah's came. In the late 70's there were all those Jennifer's and Ryan's from two popular actors who starred in Summer of '42 and Barry Lyndon. And even though I have a very beautiful Biblical name my mother named me for her favorite actress Deborah Kerr. I skimmed the last 9 years and the fight seems unending whether it is proper to name your girl a boy's name. Yet no one minds the ones that have gone into history or were feminized like Charlene or Phillipa. In an era of naming your child after your little toe's nickname I think Madison has earned it's place. Just remember, the spark came from that sweet, delightful mermaid. There is nothing wrong with that.
― Anonymous User  4/7/2016
My name is Madison and I'm proud no matter what! Even if it has MAD or SON in it! I love my name :). It's very rare! Out of all my classes at school or in the whole entire school I'm the only MADISON! LOL :)
MadisonisUnquie  3/31/2016
Every generation comes up with its own terrible trendy names. Many members of mine bear this one. I especially enjoy it when their parents try to make it seem unique by changing the spelling, e.g. Madyson.
― Anonymous User  3/3/2016
Yes, Madison/Maddison is topping the charts for girls these days, but it will begin sliding into oblivion in a few years, just as Ashley did in the 80's. And it will become very time-stamped and dated.

Why? Because it's a trendy name, not a classic. Madison is a male name and a surname. Why would a parent name their pretty little girl a name that means "son of Maude"? Same for the name Addison which means "son of Adam". And, since I am a teacher, I can tell you that the grade schools are chock full of little Maddies. If you want your child to be a Maddie, at least give her a classic female name -- Madeleine.
― Anonymous User  3/3/2016
My name happens to be Maddison and until now, I had been proud of it. With past comments on this name, I am not so sure now. To all people with the name Madison or any rendition of it, don't let their negative comments get to you. Yes, they are entitled to their opinion of the name, but what they think does not make up who you are. Boy or girl, it is your name, and your parents must have had a reason for giving you the name, even if it was just because they liked it.
― Anonymous User  1/3/2016
There's a strong possibility that Madison will be the name of my future daughter. I used to dislike this name but it has grown on me. I've read some mixed comments on Madison and personally I think that there is nothing wrong with it being used on a girl even if it's a bit masculine. Plus, it's socially acceptable.

Names don't represent everything about people, but some unisex names sound very strong when they are used on girls and Madison reminds me of someone tough and never stops fighting for what she wants. That's exactly the quality a girl who lives in a society with the idea of sexism existing, needs to have in her. I do agree that she doesn't necessarily need a masculine name, but in my opinion, unisex names could, more or less, prevent people from making assumptions about things like whether someone is capable of doing something when seeing their names.

Finally, it seems to be a very popular name. However, to be honest, I've only run into one Madison, and I don't know anyone else called Madison except for her. I'm not sure if some parents are avoiding this name because it's topping the chart. My guess is that it might drop in popularity in the near future though, just a prediction.
CaityCat  1/3/2016
As a feminine name, I dislike the use of surnames meaning specifically "son of x" as feminine given names. Since when were daughters sons?

As a masculine name, it's fine. Not a problem there.

However, I could see a lot of the use of this name stemming from the fact that one could use the 'cute' diminutive Maddy/Maddie, which I'm not a fan of on its own merits because it reminds me of the word "mad".

Plus, Madison is the capital city of Wisconsin.
YITYNR  12/31/2015
I've gotten used to it as a girls' name, but I still think it's kind of stupid to name your daughter a name that means "son of---" but it's not that big of a deal, I guess.
― Anonymous User  12/31/2015
A name does not make a person. A parent's naming style doesn't define someone. A name doesn't determine a personality trait. I'm not a stripper, I'm not trash, I'm not a spoiled brat, I'm not a mall rat, I'm not a dumb blonde, I'm not a "soon-to-be slut", and yeah, like most of you snobs, I don't like my name - but that's only because it's so very common in my life. Not because it's too "masculine". My parents aren't illiterate and they don't have "empty heads" just because they didn't name me Sarah or Emily or another "classic" name.

The fact is, Madison is now a unisex name. You may perceive it as a boy name only, but it's the number nine girls' name in the US. It once reached number two. It ranks on the lists in many other nations. If it's reserved only for the special males whose parents want to bestow this name upon him, then why are girls being given the name? Tastes differ, and some use it, big deal. Others use Emma, equally if not more common and far less hated, or monikers as uncommon as Zephyrine. It is, through frequent usage for females now and sparse usage for males in the past, for both sexes. Sorry, you'll just have to suck it up and endure the hardship another person's child's name has done to your life. I mean, honestly, do you people feel so strongly about all of this? I'm only ranting because some of these comments have really shown me how today's world still has a long way to go for not judging right from the get-go - and this is about baby names! Who cares as long as the child's healthy and happy and destined for a long, wonderful life?

It's classist to judge others by how they name a child, and call them trashy - the parents and the kids (but you're forgetting the kid doesn't decide their name; you can't penalize them for it).

It's sexist to say any name is "too masculine" for a girl; that's all perception. Yes, the meaning is son of, but who pays attention to name meanings but the few name-nerds? I bet most of you don't mind the names Cecilia and Calvin, even if they have bad meanings. They're "classy", "stylish", right? But a girl named Madison is the lowest of the low. There's also the fact that as another poster commented, it could simply mean "child of", though I doubt it. In any case, think about this: are all people named George farmers? Are all named Melissa secretly honeybees? Don't tell me it's different just because you think it is; it's not, frankly. Apply your own points to names other than mine, and see how your Swiss-cheese arguments fall through.

It's a name befitting a stripper... grasping at straws with that one. Any name could fit a stripper, because a stripper could have any name, Mary to Madison to Chardonnay. Also, a man could be a stripper, but you don't see anyone saying Aidan, another commonly attacked "trashy" name, belongs to a stripper. Soon-to-be-slut is the worst, though. Why do you care about what some girl does sexually, and what does that have to do with her name? Again, nobody calls men sluts, but here we are, a girl's named Madison, oh she must be a blonde ditzy slut with no education!

The saddest part is, some of the people leaving these comments are women, perpetuating these stereotypes!

I'm not saying you can't hate the name; as I said, I hate it as well. But don't try to justify it. Just admit you have a different taste than my parents, name your kids something you like, and move on with life. Don't prop up your hatred on asinine points.

Cue the seventeen down votes because I dared to disagree with the popular opinion. With each one, you'll only prove my point. Your choice though.

Edit 12/5/16: -2 already! I'm so happy I provoked you so! Also, I wanted to add that I wasn't named simply because it was popular; I was named after a family friend who died shortly after my birth. My name has meaning for my family, no matter what these comments say.
― Anonymous User  12/30/2015
All these people complaining that it shouldn't be a girl's name because it has "son" in it- "son" doesn't necessarily mean "boy", it can mean "the child of". Considering the meaning of the name Maud from which it is derived, the name can mean "the child of strength in battle". Awesome name for a strong child, regardless of their gender.
madouka  12/12/2015
My name is Madison and I'm really cool and glad I was named after a mermaid, sorry you are all jealous about how cool my name sounds and how cool I am.
maddi33  11/26/2015
I personally think Madison is a great name for a child, although most Madisons are girls. I have a sister named Madison and also a friend. My sister chooses not to go go by Maddie or Madi, she stays Madison. My friend goes by Madi. If someone is considering naming their child Maddie, they should go with Madison and let the child choose if they want to be Maddie or Madison.
Abbierose1120  11/25/2015
I personally don't really like this name for a girl. It's a boy name. I know that sounds pretty ironic coming from a girl named Morgan, but here's what I think: if it has the "-son" ending, and means "son of so-and-so" it's a boy name. That being said, I would never name a girl this, but if you want to, go ahead.
Morgan1599  11/15/2015
I like this name but it is a bit overused to me. By the way, who the heck would name their boy child Madison? It's SUCH a feminine name.
Maeve N. E.  10/18/2015
I LOVE the name Madison for a girl so much! :D ❤ I would advise all you Madisons to ignore the haters of your stylish, cute name and to be proud of your name. I love your name and so do many others so please just focus on the positives all Madisons. Xoxo
― Anonymous User  10/17/2015
Well listen up you haters out there my name is Madison and I love it. I mean it's peoples name so get over it, you have no control over what my name is or any Madison out there. So if you don't like it then don't name your child that. I'm a girl so I'm not a angry boy whoever said that. And I don't appreciate the mean commentary about my name. So its our name if you don't like it then GET OVER IT.
maymayrules106  9/26/2015
I'm a bit soft on this name because I had in a classmate in jr. High named Madison who was a smart and nice girl. But yeah, like the others said here, bad name.
Gregory Woodrow  8/1/2015
If you use this on a girl she's probably really a boy with anger issues.
― Anonymous User  7/30/2015
Urgh, this name is awful. Besides the obvious masculine meaning, it's grossly overused, and I've had the misfortune of hearing it in France too. Over here it's definitely associated with beaufs (basically our equivalent of rednecks/chavs/etc.). It also sounds like the name of a bitchy popular girl on one of those corny teen dramas.
Acajou  7/28/2015
Please just let this name dramatically decline in popularity; it's all I'm asking. The name "Madison" has been a common name for QUITE some time and it's not even a decent name. I can't even take it that seriously on a boy or even as a surname. Madison brings to mind a modern day, spoiled brat. An all around fake. My association to the name is so thickly strong that whenever I hear about a girl named Madison I can't help but to cringe. This name has so much hate. Why is it still popular?
― Anonymous User  7/23/2015
Hello! My name is Madison, but I go as Madi. I am 14 years old. I am disappointed by all the hateful comments. Young people named Madison see all the hateful comments directed towards them and are hurt. I love my name. I know other Madison's and it is a little annoying to be in the same class, but I can deal with it. For all the people that say that Madisons are bratty and unintelligent and that the name sounds like a stripper name and the definition makes it a boy's name, stop! The name does not define the person, the person defines their name. I am the smartest in my class, a very hard worker, a feminist, I care about others, and I am many other good things. I have bad qualities too, but so does everybody, regardless of their name. And I will never be a stripper. And I like the definition of son of warrior or son of Maud or son of Matthew; I think it is interesting and cool and shows I can do a 'boy' or 'girl' job or hobby. Now please stop the hateful comments. Can't you do something kind instead? And parents considering the name, you should go with it if you like it!
DreamRose  7/1/2015
I hope this name is off of the top 10 names. It's about time that a better name takes its place. I can't help but to picture "Madison" on a modern day brat. Some all around fake who lives for attention. Madison equals a bratty attention whore. I can't even appreciate the name for a boy because of what type of girl I envision with the name and for the fact that I'm just sick and tired of the name all together.
Madison has been on the top 10 names since 1997. Come on; give it a rest already.
― Anonymous User  6/15/2015
Don't really care if this name is for boys or girls, but I feel that most parents that name their daughters Madison definitely want their kid to be perceived as affluent, preppy and "All-American". It honestly sounds like the name of a bitchy, WASPY character in a bad chick-lit novel. That or the name of a soap opera character. Like, "Madison Harvey was a high-powered attorney on the Upper East Side with looks to kill and a penchant for hosting lavish parties in her penthouse apartment." Cheesy.
turbosnail  6/9/2015
Alright to everyone who is on here saying that Madison is a boys name or it sucks, it's ugly, whoever has that name is stupid, and many other insults to the name you obviously have nothing else better to do in your life than to try and ruin other people's lives. If you don't like the name good for you, don't name your kid that, but for God's sake DO NOT come onto sites like these and insult the name and the people who have it. Your name does not define who you are ok? You do, and if you want to make a big deal out of the fact that it means "son of maud" good for you but guess what? It is just where it comes from. It shouldn't make it so that only certain people can be named it. It's a name- GET OVER IT! Now to address the popularity fact, so what if a ton of people have that name, if you want to give your child a creative name that is your choice but there are 7.2 billion people that live on earth, people are going to have the same names, but it is their personality that makes them unique, not their name. As for the people attacking the parents, when you have kids how would you feel if someone attacked your child because of their name and called you a moron for naming them that? I know you would be mad. Well guess what? The parents of Madisons love their child and gave that name out of love and they are probably 10 times smarter than those of you who sit on here insulting people all day long just for the attention. You can get mad or hate me for standing up for this name but I don't care because I happen to think that ALL names are fantastic and NO ONE should tell you that you or your name is stupid. And if you have something to say about this go ahead and click the reply button because you will get a piece of my mind. Thank you to all of the people who respect others with this name, I happen to love it.
― Anonymous User  5/31/2015
I agree it's a great name and it means gift of God :) I like that. My name is Madison and I didn't even know why I was called it! It also a very cute name! :D Please don't hate on the name.
maddygirl86  5/12/2015
Honestly, I really don't like this name for a boy or a girl. It sounds way too common for girls to be a boy's name and it just sounds so odd for a girl.
― Anonymous User  4/17/2015
Oh, and the name Jessica was started as a fictional character's name in a book. So Madison came from Splash? The media influences a lot of names...
LV51sfan91  4/7/2015
Madison... I'm going to have some fun on this post! Caution!

I'm not crazy about Madison. However, it has grown on me and DH likes it.

I've read the opinions about it ending in son and how can someone name a girl with the word son in it? I've heard about how the name has the word Mad in it (which is one reason I didn't care for it) but nickname Maddie/Maddy (that's cute.)

So for all of you against naming a girl Madison because it has the word "son" in it, please read the following very carefully and do your homework.

First of all, Madison has several meanings, you can't look at the one source that tells you that it means "son of Matthew" or "son of Maude" and call it good. You need to do further research.

According to the social security website the popularity of the name Maud for males beginning with the year 1900 through the present is not in the top 1, 000 names.

Now let's look that up for the spelling Maude. The only year that Maude was in the top 1000 for males was in 1903 ranking 980. (Not that popular!)

Now let's take a look at the ladies. Maud spelling for females beginning with the year 1900 through the present ranking in the top 1000:

Year Rank Popularity of female name Maud
1933 994
1932 866
1930 865
1929 778
1928 813
1927 699
1926 667
1925 650
1924 652
1923 573
1922 597
1921 648
1920 567
1919 541
1918 504
1917 514
1916 509
1915 458
1914 399
1913 372
1912 377
1911 342
1910 320
1909 330
1908 303
1907 292
1906 240
1905 224
1904 249
1903 224
1902 198
1901 186
1900 186

Wow! Look at all those women named Maud!

How about Maude?

Year Rank Popularity of female name Maude ranking in the top 1000:
1950 993
1949 852
1948 928
1947 883
1946 894
1945 770
1944 761
1943 740
1942 688
1941 672
1940 580
1939 577
1938 576
1937 535
1936 513
1935 481
1934 462
1933 476
1932 477
1931 439
1930 407
1929 403
1928 393
1927 367
1926 336
1925 310
1924 304
1923 298
1922 281
1921 276
1920 249
1919 246
1918 236
1917 228
1916 223
1915 214
1914 192
1913 179
1912 169
1911 145
1910 141
1909 138
1908 137
1907 112
1906 105
1905 97
1904 86
1903 83
1902 80
1901 77
1900 77

Would you look at that, top 100 in 1900-1905. How can it mean son of Maud when in the past 100 years it has been a dominant female name?

Maude was also #25 for females in the 1880's and Maud spelling ranking #74. Maude/Maud in the 1880's for males was not on the list of top 200.

In the 1890's according to social security Maud/Maude was not a top 200 name for males. But for females it ranked Maud #130 and Maude #53.

So in the past 135 years in the US Maude/Maud has never been a successful male name, it was a girls name.

If this still doesn't make any sense to you let's look up the history of the name Maude. According to, Maude comes from the name... Matilda. What! Not Matthew? Nope, Matilda.
Maud is the Medieval form of Matilda. The room just went silent.

One click on the name Matilda and it means... drum roll please,"strength in battle." Might, strength, battle.
Wow! How appealing the name Madison is to me now!
Who wouldn't want a precious little girl by their sides as their strength in life's daily battles?

OK, just in case you don't believe me let's take a look at

I looked up Madison, they say it means, "son of Maud." Click on Maud, oh variation of Matilda meaning "battle, mighty."

You see Madison's, you don't need to defend yourselves. You are strong in battle! And if you still think that Madison means son of Matthew, well Matthew means "gift of God." What's so wrong with that?

Madison's you are a gift of God and strong in battle! Go make your impact on the world!

And as for the name Madison on boys it's never ranked higher than #514. It fell out of the top 1000 in 2005. It never was a popular choice for males in the US.
Year Rank Popularity of male name Madison
2004 857
1999 875
1998 752
1997 633
1996 638
1995 628
1994 677
1993 693
1992 781
1991 774
1990 850
1989 885
1988 954
1987 821
1952 976
1951 987
1947 902
1946 997
1944 980
1940 957
1939 897
1936 829
1935 937
1934 963
1930 964
1929 909
1928 975
1927 868
1926 900
1925 827
1924 812
1923 763
1922 772
1921 839
1920 840
1919 843
1918 808
1917 829
1916 741
1915 687
1914 684
1913 663
1912 732
1911 700
1910 808
1908 861
1907 579
1906 666
1905 689
1904 747
1903 514
1902 989
1901 908
1900 614

So what if girls didn't start getting the name in the top 1000 before 1984? Girls have dominated Madison. Yes, I'm aware that's the year the movie Splash came out. Oh well, trends change. Names are recycled. Madison for a boy never ranked as high as it ever has for the girls in any year since 1900. And you can't say it wasn't given a chance. Madison was not in the top 200 in the 1880's or 1890's. I would call it a trendy name for the time. It lasted a little more than 100 years in the US.

Year Rank Popularity of female name Madison
2013 9
2012 9
2011 8
2010 8
2009 7
2008 6
2007 5
2006 3
2005 3
2004 3
2003 3
2002 2
2001 2
2000 3
1999 7
1998 9
1997 10
1996 15
1995 29
1994 51
1993 78
1992 107
1991 128
1990 203
1989 222
1988 301
1987 326
1986 366
1985 627

And if I'm a boy named Madison then well, my name came from the girls name, Matilda. Does that mean that your father had the girl's name Matilda? Son of Matilda? Now that's a controversy!
But it still has a nice meaning.
LV51sfan91  4/5/2015
40 boys were given the name Madison in the US in 2013!
Lady_Skywalker  4/5/2015
Just no for a girl. It's a surname, a masculine name, a "son of" name. Why do that to a girl? If your heart is set on adding yet another Maddie/Mattie to the kindergarten classrooms of America, please consider Madeline/Madeleine/Madelyn/Matilda.
― Anonymous User  4/1/2015
I love this name it's also the name of my best friend. I'm usually not one for more modern names but for some reason I like it. It's unique and sweet.
The Midnight-Rose  3/23/2015
Still just a street in New York.
― Anonymous User  2/8/2015
I happen to be a Madison. Yes, Madison is a very commonly used name. There are so many Madison's that I know. There are 3 Madison's in my English class. I've read a lot of the comments. That's your opinion on the name Madison. Like I said, the name Madison is used a lot, so are so many other names. People say the name Madison is bad because it has mad in it. I think not. Look it up. When I looked up the name Madison I got so many definitions. We're amazing, beautiful, talented, smart, and many more things. We can do anything if we set our mind to it. We will do anything for friends. Stay by your side no matter what. We will make good friends. Think of what kind of Madison's there are. City Madison's, country Madison's, shy Madison's, famous Madison's. Just because Madison is a common name doesn't mean every time you give a girl the name Madison they're going to be mean or mad all the time because the word mad is in the name. It's a nice name to have. Don't change it because it's a common name. You're one of a kind. If you want to name your child Madison, don't think about changing it. We're actually really nice. I LOVE my name. It's a common name, but every Madison has their meaning of their name. Tell a Madison their name is unique and special and not to change it. If you're a Madison reading this, I love your name. Just be your own definition of Madison. Just my thoughts. Look a little deeper into a name before you judge them about their name being common. You may be the reason they change their name. Say something nice to somebody with a common name. It will change their day.
(Thanks for taking the time to read this. It means a lot.)
― Anonymous User  2/5/2015
Major League Baseball pitcher Madison Bumgarner.
CodyRhodesDiva  1/18/2015
I just CAN'T wait for the day when the trend of Madison becomes LESS common (:
― Anonymous User  12/29/2014
Don't worry Madisons- I really like this name which has unfortunately negative stereotypical comments! And yes I have met nice girls called Madison before!
namefan5000  12/16/2014
My name is Madison, and I am a girl. People DO tend to not know that my name is actually Madison, thinking it is Maddie. I do really love my name, even with about the 1,000 possible nicknames I can have.
― Anonymous User  12/16/2014
The name Madison is used predominantly on girls. I think it is a great name. Surname names are not the only names that have less than stellar meanings. One definition of Portia is pig. I would rather tell someone my name means son of Maud than tell them my name means pig. Madison has become one of the most common names for girls not just for the year, but for the last 100 years. Considering that the name did not start being used much until 1985 that is quite a feat. Madison was never a popular name for boys. I would much rather have the name Madison over Madeline, because I find it much more interesting. Madison is modern, while Madeline is old-fashioned. There is nothing wrong with a name telling when you were born. Names usually stay popular for a couple of decades any way. When you are 50, people are not going to think you are 20 whether your name is Madison, Madeline, Molly, Megan, Mackenzie, Marjorie, or Margaret.
heatherfeather  11/19/2014
This is my name and I HATE and HATE it! Instead of Maddie, I get called "Madisoian" from Macedonians from 6th grade. I also get called the nickname "Mads". My mom's choice before Madison was Lexi, just Lexi. There is one other person named Madison in my school, but she prefers to be called "Maddie" (like I do) My mom was also going to name me Karen after her. But no! She had to stick with this hideous name and this gross spelling! I prefer my name to be spelled Madisyn or Madisen because it's less popular and more unique. I hate some unisex names like this one! I hate the name Madison and the "Mad" and "Son" part of it! This was about to be my sisters name but no, this had to be my name, ugh! Thank god it's the 3rd most hated name in America! This is my SECOND most hated name, my first is McKenna. I especially hate the meaning "Son of Maud". It works better on a boy than a girl! Why mom? Why?
arianagrandelover1  11/15/2014
My name is Madison and I don't see anything wrong with the name. Now it has become extremely popular these days and it seems to be overused to a point where people cannot stand the name anymore. But nonetheless, it is still a quite beautiful name. To me, the meaning of a name means nothing. Why do people think girls have to have feminine names? These days people are naming their girls Dylan, Devin, Randall, etc. These are all masculine names and I find they are adorable as girl names. It shows strength and power and so does the name Madison. Who cares if the name Madison has a meaning with the word son in it. It honestly does not matter and obviously many people love the name. As do I.
Madison_ Faith  11/6/2014
Well, certainly much emotion surrounding this name... my name in fact. I'm a 52 year old male. I am named after my grandfather Madison B Haskell. How's that for an old English name. I named my son Madison Jr. He was born in 1990 and is 1 of 144 boys named Madison that year. In all my life, up until the San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgardner, I've never personally known another male by Madison. Madison, is in fact a masculine name. It's odd in that the name is called out on your site as a feminine/ masculine name rather than masculine/ feminine name. I do recall with vivid clarity the movie Splash and the moment Darryl (also a man's name) Hanna didn't know what to call herself so she read the sign and proclaimed her character Madison. Prior to 1985 there were no females registered in the Social Security records by that name. Although the name has become exceedingly popular for girls, it's up to the parents to name the child. I understand the nickname Maddie is cute for a girl. Perhaps Madeline is a more appropriate name for a girl. Personally I don't go by Madison. Usually if I'm referred to formally I'm in trouble with my wife or my Mom or Dad is addressing me. Madison was difficult for my cousins to call me so Madison cut short to Maddy, short to Mad, further short to Matt or Matty. Matt is good for most of the time. Easy to write, hear and say, no lengthy explanation of "wow I didn't know Madison was a man's name" We call our son Matt Jr. He's a tall lean athletic man and he likes his name. My grandfather Madison went by Gid. Everyone that knew him always called him Gid. My grandmother addressed him formally only when he was in trouble. Otherwise it was Gid.
All the girls named Madison out there weren't around prior to 1985; however, I'm sure they're all loved by whomever gave them their names. Parents should understand what and why they are naming their children, not just pick something because it was mentioned in a movie by a beautiful woman with a masculine name herself. To all the men out there with my name, you have a noble name with a powerful meaning, pass it on to your sons. Cheers!
malbert759  10/24/2014
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
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
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
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
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
Madison Beer is an American singer.
― Anonymous User  8/19/2014
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
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
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
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
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
There is a famous bearer named Madison White.
― Anonymous User  4/3/2014
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
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 see nothing feminine about this name.
Jason Malcolm  3/11/2014
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
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 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
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
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
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
Madison is more of a boy's name where I am concerned.
― Anonymous User  10/3/2013
I actually like this name on a girl, despite its meaning. It just sounds attractive to me.
Lee Augustus  9/30/2013
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
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
This name is so ugly! And a bit dated for me.
helena1990  9/1/2013
This is a ridiculously boring name, and frankly I am surprised it's so popular.
Gio123  8/11/2013
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
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
This name, in my opinion, is better for boys.
MeinNameIstMelissa  5/30/2013
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
Boring and overused. I've gotten sick of this name a long time ago.
Lolth  4/16/2013
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
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
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 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
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
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 hated Madison. It makes me think of the city in Wisconsin, and it's way too trashy.
Kinola  8/6/2012
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 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
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
Madison Pettis (born 1998 in Arlington, Texas) is an American actress.
― Anonymous User  6/1/2012
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Great name for boys. For girls it's pretty weird.
Meg_Simpson  9/1/2011
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
― Anonymous User  2/9/2011
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
A boring, nothingy, virtually meaningless name. I hope it goes away soon.
keepitreal  1/29/2011
Madison makes Lady Maude cry.
― Anonymous User  1/15/2011
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
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
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
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 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
It's not really a bad sounding name at all, but I wouldn't use it. Not really my style.
Chrila96  8/21/2010
My name and I am a girl! I love this name and I also love to shorten it to Maddie! (:
Madison101  8/7/2010
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
Uh, yes they do, particularly in countries where Ashley is still considered a boy name and still used. I love the generalisations.

I think Madison has now become the Tiffany or Brittany of the 2000's. Vapid, air headed, preppy name stemming from a joke in a stupid film.
― Anonymous User  10/28/2009
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
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
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
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
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
Why not Madeline? It is way prettier and it was meant for a girl, unlike Madison!
― Anonymous User  6/27/2009
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
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
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
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 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
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
I really don't see how this name is popular. Though a lot of popular things suck these days.
Kerules  4/2/2009
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
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
Can this fad die already, please?
vomiting  3/12/2009
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
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 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
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 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 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
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'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
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 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
This is a cute name for a girl because her nickname could be 'Maddie'.
Dianaisme12  10/19/2008
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
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
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
Hostility is warranted. It's not your everyday "unisex" name.
― Anonymous User  9/15/2008
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
Too many Madisons. Don't like. Generic suburbanite sounding name that also sounds low class. Sorry.
meowelers  9/13/2008
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
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
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
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
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
Other spellings include: Madisyn; Madisson; Maddison; Maddisen; Madisen; and Madysin. I prefer either Madisyn or Madisson.
― Anonymous User  7/8/2008
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
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
Madison is a guilty pleasure of mine, however I will not use it because of its popularity.
number1212  4/26/2008
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
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'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 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
Madison was the African-American doll of the My Scene line of dolls.
jasmineenimsaj  2/27/2008
Yes, the son bit just hollers "feminine" to me. Oh my lord, the madness.
― Anonymous User  2/13/2008
I don't know why, but I think this name is a wee bit too feminine sounding for a boy.
jasmineenimsaj  2/7/2008
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
From "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
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
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
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
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
Meh. I think it sucks on boy or girl. It's a rad surname, though.
Jesus_Freak  11/4/2007
A horrible name for a little girl, once again chosen by parents wanting to be "different".
― Anonymous User  11/1/2007
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
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
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
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 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
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
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'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
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
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
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
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 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 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
A pox on this frumpy and tired old surname. I get rectal pucker just hearing it.
― Anonymous User  6/27/2007
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
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
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
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
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
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 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 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
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'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
Madison is the ugliest name to come across. Whoever is naming their daughter Madison has an empty head.
firestar0928  4/23/2007
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
This has always struck me as a very American name.
Luangi  4/8/2007
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
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
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
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
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
Madison sounds feminine to me. I don't know why. It just does.
Emma McHnery  2/14/2007
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
She may be new but adorable on Cory in the House on Disney Channel! A famous bearer is Madison Petis.
JoeyForever  2/11/2007
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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'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
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 adore Madison on a boy! My future son's middle name will be Madison.
tigerlilly  11/18/2006
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
It is a joke. See "Splash".
― Anonymous User  9/18/2006
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
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
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
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
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
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
Famous bearer: Madison McReynolds plays Lindsey Willows in "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation".
Maggie_Simpson  7/29/2006
I don't like this name for a girl, especially when it contains the word son.
― Anonymous User  7/28/2006
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 would never give this name to a girl as for me it sounds very masculine.
danute  7/24/2006
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
Madison is a MAD SON. Ugly ugly ugly. I know 3 Madisons under 2.
― Anonymous User  7/2/2006
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
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
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 don't know what you people's problem is, Madison is an awesome name for a girl. =D
Steven J  6/7/2006
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 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
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 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
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'm pretty sick of seeing this name on almost every girl under the age of 10.
― Anonymous User  5/6/2006
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
For a girl? - you may as well call her Butch McUndercarriage. This name is not feminine.
― Anonymous User  4/26/2006
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
I can safely say I am sick of this name.
Smog  4/18/2006
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 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
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 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
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
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'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
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 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
It does not mean daughter of Maude. If that were the case it would be spelled Maudsdotter or Maudsdottir not Madison or Madisen.
LMS  11/28/2015
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
Madison is the capital of Wisconsin (USA).
Emilie  7/22/2005
Madison is ultra-trendy and popular. Mamas to be...beware! :)
Mommy2B  6/30/2005
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
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
Even though this is a fictional character, Madison Finn is a famous bearer of this name.
MistyJ  6/17/2005
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
Feminine variants are Madissyn and Madisen.
mariej2  5/14/2005
I think Madison is a WONDERFUL name for a little girl!
miskoehn  4/7/2005
I think Maud is a far better name.
amabel  3/4/2005
Why would a parent give a little girl a name with a specifically masculine meaning like "SON of Maud"?
Sarah Charlotte  2/3/2005

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