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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!
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.
This name became a popular name for girls after the movie Splash (1984) which starred Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah. [noted -ed]
-- Anonymous User
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.
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
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!
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.
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!
40 boys were given the name Madison in the US in 2013!
The name Madison was given to 72 boys born in the US in 2015.
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.
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
Madison is historically a male name. Those who want to call their daughters Maddie may prefer the beautiful feminine name Madeline.
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