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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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