What does Madison mean?
Madison \m(a)-di-son\ as a girls' name (also used less regularly as boys' name Madison) is pronounced MAD-a-son. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Madison is "son of the mighty warrior". Also possibly variant of Madeline (Hebrew) "woman from Magdala", or surname derived from Matthew (Hebrew) "gift of the Lord" or Matilda (Old German) "mighty in battle". The mermaid heroine Madison in the hit film "Splash" probably influenced the use of the surname and boy's name as a girl's name.
Madison has 33 more different forms via Madeline, Matilda: Mada, Madalena, Madalene, Madalyn, Madalynn, Maddie, Maddy, Madel, Madelena, Madelene, Madelina, Madella, Madelle, Madelon, Madelyn, Madelyne, Madelynn, Madena, Madge▼, Madilyn, Madina, Madlen, Madlin, Madlyn, Mady, Madzia, Magdalen▼, Maidel, Malina, Marleen, Marlen, Matilde▼ and Maudie▼.
Madison is a very popular first name for women (#2029 out of 4276, Top 47%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#1209 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Madison for girls. Madison entered the list in 1980-1989 and reached its top position of #2 in the U.S. in the year 2002, and is currently at #9. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Madelyn (#59 last year), Madeline (#89), Madilyn (#303), Maddison (#340), Madelynn (#439), Madisyn (#459), Madalyn (#518), Matilda (#583), Madalynn (#649), Madyson (#713), Matilde, Maudie, Matthew, Madisen, Madge, Magdalen and Marlen are the popular alternative forms of Madison (#9 last year) rated in the Top 1000. Adoption of these girl names was at its apex in 2009 (usage of 0.4181%) and is somewhat lower today (usage 0.3799%, down 9.1%), with forms like Madyson, Madge, Magdalen, Madisen and Maudie becoming somewhat outmoded. The most fashionable girl names in this compilation are Madelyn (#59), Madison (#9), Madilyn (#303), Madeline (#89) and Maddison (#340), and there is a revival in birth name usage for Madeline and Madelyn. Below is a charted analysis of the usage of the girl name Madison and associated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)
A suggested similar baby name is Maison. This name tends to be less commonly used than Madison.