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What does Mads mean?

Mads Pronunciation of Mads [mads] as a boys' name. The meaning of Mads is "gift of God". Mads is a variant form of Matthias (German, Greek, Hebrew).

Associated with: gift.


4 alternative forms via Matthias: Matias, Mats, Matti and Tijs.

Creative forms:
(male) Mad, Mands, ..

(female) Made, Matzi, ..

Middle name pairings:
Mads Landan (M.L.), ..

How popular is Mads?

Mads is an unusual given name for males. Mads is also an uncommon surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Matias (#458 from recent data) and Matthias (#555) are the prominent alternative forms of Mads (unlisted) rated in the Top 2000. Adoption of these relations of Mads was more pronounced among parents in 2015 (median #506). Matthias has been the most well-known version, although Matias seems to be gaining favor too. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Matias, Matthias in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Mads and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Mac, Mace, Mack, Macy, Maddy, Madoc, Madog, Madox, Magus, Maik, Maks, Man, Mann, Mano, Manus, Mar, Mar-, Marc, Mark, Maro, Marq, Marr, Mars, Marsh, Mart, Marx, Masos, Mat, Mata, Matt, Matz, Max, Maxx, Maxy, Mayes, Mayo, Mays, Mead, Meade and Moss. These names tend to be more frequently used than Mads.

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