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What does Addison mean?

Addison Pronunciation of Addison [ad-di-son] as a boys' name (also used more commonly as girls' name Addison) is pronounced AD-ih-sun. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Addison is "son of Adam". Surname used as a given name. The surname was derived from Addie or Adie, a medieval (and occasional modern) pet form of Adam. The English poet and essayist Joseph Addison was popular and influential through the 18th century.

Associated with: old english, surname, medieval, modern, popular (famous), 18th century.


Addison has 6 variants: Ad, Addeson, Addie, Addy, Adison and Adisson.

2 more related forms via Adam, Addie: Addis and Adnon.

2 feminine forms: Addie and Anniston.

Creative forms:
(male) Additon, Ardison, ..

(female) Addian, Addisia, ..

Middle name pairings:
Addison Dhruv (A.D.), ..

How popular is Addison?

Addison is a rare given name for men but a very popular surname for all people (#2019 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Addison entered the list in 1880-1889 and reached its apex position of #439 in the U.S. then, and is at #1203 currently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Addison name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Addison outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Adam (#73 from current records), Addie and Ad are the prominent alternative forms of Addison (#1203 from current records). Usage of these forms of Addison was widespread among parents 4 decades ago (usage of 1.06%) and has become much lower since (usage 0.29%, 72.7%), with forms like Adam going out of style.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Addison, Ad, Adam, Addie in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Adam outside U.S.

Similar Names

Addison is alike in pronunciation to Eddison and Edison. Other suggested similar names are Abelson, Adamson, Adamsson (see Adamson), Addamson, Adin, Adiran, Adlin, Admon, Adon, Adriaan, Adrian, Adrien, Adrin, Adrino (see Adrian), Adrion, Adron, Aeson, Aimon, Alanson, Albinson, Albion, Aldin, Aldis, Aldivin (see Aldous), Aldon, Alison, Alisson, Allison, Allisoun, Allson, Allyson, Anderson, Andino, Andon, Annson, Anson, Ansson, Ardian, Ardin, Ardon, Arion, Aydin, Davison, Denison, Dodgson, Edson, Elison, Ellison, Hodgson, Hudson, Jaison, Jamison, Judson, Maddison, Madison, Madisson, Madyson and Odilon. These names tend to be more commonly used than Addison.

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