What does Hudson mean?
Hudson \hu(d)-son\ as a boys' name is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Hudson is "son of Hugh". Explorer Henry Hudson was the first European to visit the Hudson River, which he found while searching for a Northwest Passage to India. He also sailed into Hudson Bay in Canada on a later voyage.
Hudson is an uncommonly occurring given name for men but a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#202 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Hudson for boys. Hudson reached its top position of #80 in the U.S. in 2014. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)