Meaning and Name Origin
Tyson \t(y)-son\ as a boys' name is pronounced TY-sun. It is of Old French origin, and the meaning of Tyson is "high-spirited". Also a modern name possibly related to the Old French Tison. In the Middle Ages, women known by the Latin name Dionysia (feminine form of the source of Dennis) were called Dye as a nickname. Over time, this became a surname - "Dye's son", which is also a possible source form of Tyson. Boxing celebrity Mike Tyson.
For more on this name, see also the related boy name Tayson.
Tyson is a very popular first name for males (#569 out of 1220, Top 47%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#934 out of 88799, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Tyson for boys. Tyson was first listed in 1970-1979 and reached its apex position of #237 in the U.S. in 2010, and is at #282 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of the boy name Tyson and related names. Prominent variation forms of Tyson (#282 the previous year) appearing in the Top 1000 are Denis, Dennie, Dennis (#491 the previous year), Denny, Deon, Dion, Dionisio and Ty (#424). These boy names were at the peak of their popularity during the years 1970-1979 and have become much less widespread since, with forms like Dennie, Dennis, Denny, Deon and Dion falling out of fashion. Ty (#424) and Tyson (#282) are two of the more chic birth names in this list. (2014 Birth Statistics)