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What does Tyson mean?

Tyson Pronunciation of Tyson 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH high (great), modern, old, surname


VARIANTS Thyssen, Tiesen, Ty, Tyce, Tycen, Tyeson, Tyssen



(male) Toson, ..

(female) Tysona, ..

Tyson Lathan (T.L.), ..

How popular is Tyson?

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 (#1152 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Tyson was first listed in 1950-1959 and reached its apex position of #237 in the U.S. in 2010, and is at #334 presently. (2016 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Prominent variation forms of Tyson (#334 THE PREVIOUS YEAR) appearing in the Top 2000 are Dennis (#511), Deon (#1075), Dion (#1281), Ty (#541) and Tyce (#1834). These forms of Tyson were popular with parents during 1950-1959 (MEDIAN #1296) and have become much less widespread since (#929, 86.7% LESS USAGE). Dennis is more familiar than the rest, although Tyson seems to be gaining favor too, while versions such as Dennis are now less common.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Tyson, Dennis, Deon, Dion, Ty, Tyce in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Tyson, Dennis, Ty outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar-sounding names are Aeson, Anson, Aymon, Ayron, Bryson, Byron, Cason, Dayson, Dylon, Dyson, Edson, Elson, Eynon, Eyton, Jason, Jayson, Kason, Kyron, Lyon, Lyron, Mason, Myron, Orson, Ryon, Symon, Syon, Talon, Tamson, Tanson, Taron, Taso, Tavon, Taylon, Tayton, Teron, Tevon, Teyton, Theon, Timon, Ton, Toon, Tychon, Tylor, Tymon, Tynan, Tynen, Tynin, Tyno, Tynon, Tyron, Tyrone and Urson. These names tend to be less frequently used than Tyson.

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