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Gender Feminine & Masculine
Usage English
Pronounced Pron. MAD-i-sən
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Meaning & History

From an English surname meaning "son of MAUD". It was not commonly used as a feminine name until after the movie 'Splash' (1984), in which the main character adopted it as her name after seeing a street sign for Madison Avenue in New York City. A famous bearer of the surname was James Madison (1751-1836), one of the authors of the American constitution who later served as president.
DiminutivesMaddie, Maddy


Allen and Madison from the movie Splash (1984)Allen and Madison from the movie Splash (1984)
Portrait of James Madison (1816)Portrait of James Madison (1816)


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