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I think Mason is a really cool name for either gender. I think Maci would be a cute nickname for a girl, and Mace for a boy.
It has a nice meaning and it just has a beautiful sound. It's strong yet not aggressively so.
Overall, I think Mason is a good name.
Some middle names:
Mason Marcus
Mason Aaron
Mason Sam
Mason Odie
Mason Nolan.
I changed my name to Mason when I was 15, and I've received far more compliments on my chosen name than I EVER received on my birth name (Megan). I picked it because of its increasing popularity as a unisex name, the fact that it had the exact same number of letters as my birth name, and it allowed me to keep my initials - it seemed like the perfect choice! Every time I tell someone my name, they tell me they love it, and I love being able to respond with, "Thanks, I picked it myself."

I use Maisy as a nickname, my mom uses Mace for me (occasionally Mace Windu, due to a persistent love of Star Wars in my family). I am eternally grateful to my 15 year old self for listening to my friend's criticism when I was planning on spelling it 'Maison', telling me they could never take me seriously if I named myself 'house'. I have to agree, not a fan of the meaning, but hey, when everything else works for me, I can look over its less-than-endearing definition.
All I can think of is Mason Jars.
I adore this name! It is just so handsome. It has been very popular for quite a while now, so clearly many others feel the same. I'm not sure what all the haters (aka trolls) here that claim to dislike this name are talking about.
I do find it quite interesting that people hate this name so much! I like it, but that's probably because it's my name.
I can't believe my parents would have named me Mason if I was a boy! I HATE the name Mason! So boring, common, and plain! Glad I wasn't a boy!
It's fine, just too boring.
Just another boring name to me.
Mason, Mayson, etc. are indeed also used for females, though this is mostly only of recent years, and this name is still much more common for males. So, I think that the gender of these names should be changed from "Masculine" to "Masculine & Feminine".

Sources: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mason_(given_name)
https://forebears.io/forenames/mason
https://forebears.io/x/forenames/mayson
Horrible.
I absolutely hate the meaning but I think this is a decent name.
Probably the best of the occupational names but guys? It sounds nice but naming your son Mason is like naming someone Banker or Judge or Manager.
Terrible.
Really not a fan.
Mason is the name of the popular YouTuber Jay from the Kubz Scouts' son.
I never knew a girl could have the name Mason. Interesting.
I'm a 17 year old girl named Mason and I hated it for most of my life because 100% of the time I introduced myself to ANYONE they'd tell me "they've never met a girl named Mason" or "that's not usually a girl's name" or my personal favorite "that's a boy name."
When I was 11 I switched schools and started introducing myself as Macy. Everyone to this day calls me Macy and I've gotten used to it. But now when people figure out my name (especially people around my age) they ALWAYS compliment it. It feels nice. So at this point, I honestly like both ways and I introduce myself to different people with different names haha I literally just made an account to make this comment. Shout out to the lady who said Mason is a cool girl's name "especially with the nickname Macy".
I think this works on a boy or a girl. It’s very popular with boys, though. A bit overused. I know this is unpopular, but this name would be so cool on a little girl! I love it. Especially with the nickname Macy.
Don't like the name at all. Sounds tacky to me in a way, also sounds more like a surname than a forename.
I like it on a boy, but I absolutely hate it on a girl. Mason is too masculine to be a girl's name.
Around 2002 ish it started to become a feminine name too.
Mason is my name. I think it's very strong and historic.
It’s okay. Generally I’m fine with occupational names but this sounds a little too occupational.
This is my good friend Kenz’s little boy's name. Mason Gray. Love that little one to death!
I definitely think of a cute little southern boy when I think of Mason.
Mason Rudolph has this name, he is the current Steeler's quarterback. His full name is Brett Mason Rudolph.
I'm a girl, I hated my previous name because of associations. I picked this name for myself partially because it's the real name of one of the characters in Gravity Falls Mason "Dipper" Pines. I think it's gender neutral but damn some of the people on here are aggressive about their opinions. Like chill out "this name is terrible and worse on girls whoever would name their kid this is an idiot" like you realize there are people with this name right? You can say you don't like something without saying half of the stuff I'm seeing here.
Mason's a good name because my name is Mason. It's a boy name.
I knew both a boy and a girl Mason. I do prefer it on a boy, although seeing it on a girl has made me think "this can work on a girl".
Ewww why use such a nice name and work occupation for a girl?!?!?!?!?!
Any name that has son in it shouldn't be used for girls, with the exceptions of Addison and Maddison.
Why is everyone hating on the Freemasons? How could you hate philanthropy and free hospital care for children? Anyways, I don't like the name Mason too much (it's even worse on a girl.)
I am a girl given the name "Mason" and I don't really like it because of how it sounds more masculine than feminine...

Also, fun fact, my mom let her teacher name me...

That's fine, I guess...
Mason Evans Jr. was the main character from the Richard Linklater film Boyhood. Also, the Gravity Falls character Dipper Pines' real name is Mason.
In 2018, 3 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Mason who is registered male with the Social Security Administration. It is the 394th most common male first name for living U.S. citizens.
Although I think it sounds nice in a phonetic sense, occupational names aren't strong enough to me and I wouldn't want my child associated with freemasonry.
It’s unique for a girl, but I love it on a boy! I didn’t even know it was unisex! Cute name though!
I know I saw two comments of Mason as a good girl name and a bad boy name. Probably because the roots of the name Mason are forms from the roots of the two unisex names Madison and Addison, and they're both popular for girls, and it’s true. Though I looked at the popularity chart for this name Mason and I saw no record for girls. It’s okay to give girls masculine names rather than boys feminine names. But you can name your child whatever you want. I’ve known Mason as a boys' name, but it sounds cool as a girl's name too! Just like rare girl names such as Casey, Hunter, Caden, and even Cody. Also Logan. Good night!
Really popular right now, and I dislike occupational names. This name is even worse on a girl.
This is the best name ever.
“Mason is a perfect girl's name and it sounds terrible on a boy.” Are you high?!
Casey is more of a girl's name than Mason but I respect your opinion. You don’t really mean it! You’re just saying that because you’re a female named Mason. I don't know! Maybe it does make sense. Who knows?
Awful name (probably got siblings called Taylor, Paige, Jayden...) You can just envisage the family the bearer comes from - dim as ditchwater, poor, boring, yee-ugh, with all the names in the world, who would saddle their poor kid with this?
Mason Ramsey, from Golconda, IL, was caught on camera yodeling in a Walmart store in March 2018. Within a few days videos of his performance collectively garnered over 25 million views and he became a viral sensation and internet meme.
I read somewhere Mason is slated to be the new Mike of frat boy names. That sounds about right.
I don't like it. Mace is also an awful nickname, it means heavy metal headed club with spikes. Its also too common because of some Kardashian... who wants to use this name?
Excuse me, I think that Mason is a well known boy's name. Whoever wants to name a girl Mason, just needs to chill out. Mason is a fresh boy name.
As a nonbinary teen I love this name! Good for all genders, though I had no idea it was so popular. Oh well, still gonna change my name to this.
I wonder... would those people who like this name for girls name their son Emily or Sophia?
Mason is a perfect girls name and it sounds terrible on a boy.
In my opinion, this name seems more like a surname than a given name.
Mason is the protagonist in 'The Gardener', a book by S.A. Bodeen.
I've never been very fond of the whole "surnames as first names" trend (other than maybe Jackson); but I think the rise in popularity of Mason - particularly in the U.S. - is less connected with its use as a surname or occupation (or... Freemasons), and more with its similarity to Jason. Jason used to be hugely popular, and it seems like people got tired of Jason, but there was this similar name just lying there, so parents gravitated toward it. I predict the same will happen with Aidan and all its sound-alike names; people will get tired of hearing it, and all of a sudden we'll see a bunch of little Adrians running around.

That said, I'm not fond of Mason already, because of the whole "surname" thing, but also because its most popular nickname, Mace, is something you spray in assailants' faces in self-defense.
I don't like the name Mason. It's a surname and gross I think.
Mason is my name and I happen to think that this name is fantastic and the idea of it just being a simple name for a worker is bland and tasteless, we spend almost our entire lives working so titles of jobs carry a lot of weight and can be used in names, the name truly originates as this website puts it from the old English way of saying "to make".
The popularity of this name is disgusting. And the only reason it is popular is because Kourtney Kardashian used it for her son. I don't recommend it. He'll just be another Mason.
Yikes! This name is way overused now.
The name Mason was unfortunately given to 91 girls born in the US in 2015.
I don't particularly like this one. I'm not sure why, as it's a perfectly good name, aside from being incredibly tryndee and rather immature sounding. I think I just don't like the way it sounds; reminds me somewhat of "medicine." Other than this and it's commonness, like I said, it's a fine name for a boy.
Everyone's hating on the name Mason for a girl but I would just like y'all to know that I'm a girl and my name is Mason, so don't y'all be going off and hating on my name because it can be used for both genders, not just guys. Girls can have it too or I wouldn't be here with the name Mason. Just wanted y'all to know.
My surname is Mason. I do find it bizarre that children are given this as a first name. Why would you call your child "stone-cutter" or "builder"? Don't understand at all. To me it represents part of my ancestry. My ancestors carved headstones, maybe even built cathedrals. Why you would associate yourself with that if it wasn't your heritage is beyond me.
I think the name Mason is nice. Whether people choose to spell it Mayson, Masen Masin is irrelevant if you like the name and you choose it it's completely up to you and everyone else comments shouldn't make a difference! Who actually decided Mason gets spelt that way anyway! I think being a little different is nice.
I love the name Mason. My twenty year old son is named Mason and ever since he came into this world I nicknamed him Mace. He will forever be my "Mace".
These comments are interesting. My belief is "to each their own" and unfortunately we are given a name when we come into this world and it is never our own choosing unless we choose to change it legally when we are older.
With that, as children we are always vulnerable to kids being mean regardless of our name. Mean kids will be mean kids because it stems from issues within the kid who chooses to be mean. It is important to explain this to your child. It is not you or your name, it is the mean kid looking for attention because their foundation is very unsteady.
I love the variety of names that I seem to hear more of lately. When I hear an unusual name, I assume there is a meaning;a reason; a story; that is important to the parent and is the reason for naming their child that particular name.
But regardless, we are more than just our name. Kinda like a title to a book, which is really irrelevant because it's understanding what's in the inside that matters most.
I think that this name is used way too much, especially in English-speaking countries, and should never be used for girls.
I have to say, I'm not really a fan of this name. I don't particularly like surname-type names as first names on the whole, although I suppose Mason might make a good middle name. Personally, it just makes me think of Freemasons, Mason jars and stonemasonry.
It's an OK name.
I think Mason is an okay name, but it's too popular right now for my tastes. Jason is a less popular choice, and I think it ages better, too.
My little girls' middle name is Masen. I don't know what peoples' issue is with it being used for a girl. It's really not that masculine a name.
Nickname (for one of my fictional characters): Mace

That might be common, but I don't see it anywhere in this article or comments.
Why oh why is this tacky, trendy sounding name so popular!? D: Smgdh... It makes me (obviously) think of the dreadful associations of Freemasons & Freemasonry. I despise and loathe the horrific, ugly name Mason.
You know what, I've changed my mind about the name Mason. I've gotten over what I originally slated it for. It's unfair to take my frustration of Freemasonry out on this name. Most people have innocent intentions when picking this name for their child. Plus the meaning of Mason isn't actually bad or anything. So, my sincere apologies to all Masons & to those who love the name about my previous comment! Forget what I said. I think Mason sounds pretty cute, adorable and handsome and I get its appeal. 。◕‿◕。.
Mason the chimpanzee is a character in the Madagascar films.
I heard some co-workers talk about naming their kid Mason, but the wanted to change the spelling--add an I--to quote "make him stand out". I pointed out that it would make it 'maison', the French word for house. That had very little impact since they weren't really talking to me anyway, but I didn't know whether or not to strangle them or turn them into the Common Sense Police or what.

So essentially they're setting up a child and everyone who runs into him for some awkward explaining and, should they run into me, lowered expectations. When I see spellings that are twisted unreasonably far from the expected spelling or worse, spellings that pervert the actual pronunciation, I assume the person is as dumb as the person that named them. I know it's unfair, and I'm easily proven wrong, but considering how easy it is to spell Mason the right way with 5 letters, I have to assume that Maison--6 letters-- got his name because his mom was too dumb to know any better.
Pushing the negative associations aside (and, believe me, the list is nearly endless... it's trendiness is only the surface of the quandary), I think that Mason has an amiable, warm sound to it. It is handsome and durable, but simultaneously young, peripheral, and childlike (which, in my opinion, is unfavorable, and should be considered by parents looking at the name).
The name Mason was given to 80 baby GIRLS born in the US in 2012...
I don't get why this is so popular with all of those negative associations. Free Masons, the trashy Kardashians. I'm not anti unisex names but this one is even more awful on a girl.
Eh. I guess it's better than some made up kre8yve name, but it still screams "TEEN MOM" to me. And the fact that it's #2 now because some Kardashian named their kid Mason... Ugh. Whatever happened to naming your kids after family members?
I don't get how everyone fell in love with this all of a sudden. Is Kourtney Kardashian's kid really that important? I've even heard of at least one where I live! Plus it makes me think of Freemasons. Well, at least it isn't one of those recently created names like Nevaeh or Jaden.
We named our son Seth Mason. It's a handsome strong name for a handsome strong man. And no, in the 23 years he's had this name, no-one's ever mentioned Mason jars. Anyway, most people I know who use Mason jars don't find them silly or funny at all. Like their namesake, they are simple, strong and useful.
"Like their namesake, they are simple, strong and useful..."

Did you really mean to say, "Simple...!?"
In response to Sabertooth:

Mace was a popularly used nickname for Mason after the birth of Mason Disick, son of Kourtney Kardashian, who is more commonly known as "Mace."
Such a teen mom name. Ugh.
I heavily dislike the name. Mason is an ear worm to me, and I find it incredibly infantile. Even worse are the variants. Masen, Mayson, Maysinn.
Mason Jennings (born 1975 in Honolulu, Hawaii) is an American singer-songwriter.
Mason Walker Crosby (born 1984 in Lubbock, Texas) is an American NFL football player for the Green Bay Packers.
I don't think it's THAT bad. In fact, I kind of like it. It's friendly.
I think this name was overused about 10 years ago. I used to like it, but I just don't like it anymore.
To be honest I never liked this name at first, but when I became pregnant with my youngest child I fell in love with it and I've never met another boy named Mason in England.
I can only think of Call of Duty: Black Ops when I hear this, So it sounds so silly to me, like naming a kid Reznov. XD

Anyway, not recommended.
It reminds me too much of the fact that members of the Freemasons are called Masons. As a result, it gives me the creeps.
Mason Lockwood is a character in the TV show and books "Vampire Diaries".

(Before I'd seen Vampire Diaries I really disliked this name because I could only see an old grumpy grampa or a redneck with this name, but now I see a really hot man instead! I like this name now!)
I like Mason for a boy and a girl, as well, I actually know two young girls with this name and they themselves are very feminine and popular.
Although it's on its way to become the new Jason, I love this name.
A famous (sort-of) bearer is the fraternal society the Freemasons.
Love this name, definitely would use it on a kid - but a boy, though. It's a boys' name. If someone chooses to use it on a girl, obviously that's their choice, but I don't think it would work. And it's opening the poor kid up to a lot of teasing for having a male name. Would stick with this spelling, though. This trend of messing up the spelling of names needs to die out.
Definitely a boy name. This is horrible for a girl.
I like the name and I think that it would be weird to be a girl and be a Mason. That's weird I'm telling you!
I think Mason is an awful name for a boy. Nobody's son deserves to have Mason as a name, be it first, middle, or last. On the other hand, I love Mason as a girls name. I don't understand why girls can't have a strong name.
The person who said
“I think Mason is an awful name for a boy. Nobody's son deserves to have Mason as a name, be it first, middle, or last. On the other hand, I love Mason as a girl's name. I don't understand why girls can't have a strong name"
should have this opinion respected. I know it sounds extremely weird, but that’s because she’s wants to give children the opposite sex names.
Mason Capwell, played by Lane Davies, was a very popular character on the now-defunct (1984-93) soap opera Santa Barbara. I wouldn't doubt this is the time period during which the name began its increase in popularity.
Edward Cullens, from the book Twilight, real last name is Mason.
This is a boy's name! It's too strong for a girl. I love the name and want to name my son this.
An absolutley vile name to curse a child with.
I had absolutely no idea that this was getting popular. I think it's ugly for either a boy or a girl.
This is an occupation and a surname, you ninnies! Give your son a real name!
Mason O´Neill is a character from the TV show "It´s All Relative". He was played by Lenny Clarke.
Nice, strong boys name, but I prefer it as a middle name. When I hear the name Mason, I automatically think of this restaurant in Colorado Springs called "The Mason Jar".
American actress Melissa Joan Hart & musician Mark Wilkerson are the parents of a boy, Mason Wilkerson, born on 11th January 2006.
Nice boys name but not very nice girls name in my opinion. I don't get why people are using classic traditional boys names. It may be a new society and people want to be more unique compared to earlier generations but these names should stay masculine.
I do like this name for a boy, but I like it much better as a last name.
I agree that this name being used for girls is completely wrong. It's a very masculine BOYS name, and there is no justification for it being used femininely. I have seen such butcherings as Maysun, Maesyn, Maicen, Mayssyn, Maisynn, Maesynne, etc, on girls.

I just wish that the "Boys-Names-On-Girls" trend would come to an end. Names like Mackenzie, Emerson, Madison, Addison, and, yes, Mason (and it's variants) shouldn't be used on girls whatsoever.
My son is named Mason and I find it very masculine and handsome. I detest the new trend of giving this name to girls. It's just so very masculine.
I have to agree, this is not a good name for a girl. It is very masculine.
Mason is a nice boy's name. Popularity has increased greatly on it. He may get called Mason Jar though.

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