What does Carson mean?
Carson /car-son/ [2 sylls.] as a boys' name (also used less regularly as girls' name Carson) is pronounced KAR-sen. It is of Scottish and Old English origin, and the meaning of Carson is "son of the marsh-dwellers".
Mainly Scottish surname. The first known bearer was a certain Robert de Carsan in the 13th century. In America, legendary Missouri frontiersman Kit Carson (19th century) was a scout and guide in the exploration of the West as well as an important factor in the Mexican War. Carson City, Nevada was named for him, and to this day, an aura of rakishness and daring clings to the name. TV hosts Johnny Carson, and Carson Daly.
How popular is Carson?
Carson is a somewhat popular first name for men (#774 out of 1220, Top 63%) and an even more popular surname for both adults and children (#537 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Carson for boys. Carson reached its highest position of #80 in the U.S. in the year 2010, and is at #91 currently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Prominent related forms of Carson (#91 last year) are Karson (#330 last year), Kason (#365), Cason (#422) and Carsen. Usage of these boy names is at its highest presently (usage of 0.5584%). Kason (#365), Karson (#330), Cason (#422) and Carson (#91) are four of the more fashionable names for newborns among these, and there is a rebound in birth name usage for Carson. Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of the boy name Carson and affiliated names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)