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The Name Addison


Updated June 12, 2014

Meaning of Addison:

The name Addison comes from the English last name which means "son of Adam." The name also has Scottish roots in which in means, "son of Addie," with Addie being a nickname for Adam.

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Popularity of Addison:

As you probably surmised from the meaning, Addison was originally solely a masculine name. However, with the rising trend of using boy names for girls, Addison is currently drastically more popular as a girl's name here rather than a boy's name in the United States.

When you take a look at the popularity of the name overtime using data from the Social Security Administration, what you'll notice is that from 1880 until the mid 1930s, the name was used exclusively for boys. However, it would not at all be considered a common name by any means. Then from the mid 30s to the mid 80s, the name was not ranking at all within the top 1000 baby names. In 1986 the name started appearing on the charts, but again, not commonly used. As the name picked up steam on the girl's chart, it seemed to diminish the popularity on the boy's chart.

For girls, Addison only first appeared on the list in 1994. My thoughts are that the name was riding on the coattails of the exceptionally popular name Madison. Addison began to skyrocket in popularity, and by 2006 it cracked into the Top 50 Names for girls, and for the past 5 years it has been very close to claiming a covetted spot in the top 10 baby names.

Because its popularity is limited to only recent years, the name does not make it into the Top 100 Names of the Past Century.


Addison is a 3 syllable name with emphasis on the first syllable: AD-i-sən.

Alternate Spellings:

The name has several different spellings which make the name charts. They include Addison, Addyson, Addisyn, and Adyson (listed in order of popularity of spelling).

Middle Names for Addison:

For detailed information on things you might consider when selecting a middle name, see Best Middle Names. Because Addison can be thought of as a male or female name, you might want to consider a middle name that clearly indicates the gender. Consider one of these suggestions:

For boys: Addison Charles, Addison Drake, Addison John, Addison Joseph, Addison Leo, Addison Paul.

For girls: Addison Elise, Addison Elizabeth, Addison Jade, Addison Mae, Addison Kate, Addison Nicole, Addison Paige,

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Addy is a logical nickname for Addison.

Sibling Name Suggestions:

Need help picking out a sibling name for Addison? You might consider the suggestions below or read Choosing the Best Sibling Name.

  • For girls: Aubrey, Blair, Mackenzie, Reagan, Riley, Taylor, Zoe
  • For boys: Alder, Austin, Logan, Mason, Parker, Taylor

Famous People Named Addison:

I needed to dig to come up with people with the first name Addison since it is only recently a popular name. Here are a few Addison namesakes (all of whom are deceased, except Addison Timlin).

  • Addison Bain, retired NASA scientist
  • Addison Earl Baker, recipient of the Medal of Honor
  • Addison Gardener Foster, US Senator (1889-1905)
  • Addison James, US Representative (1907-1909)
  • Addison H. Laflin, US Representative (1865-1871)
  • Addison T. Smith, US Representative (1913-1933)
  • Addison Jayne Timilin, actress
  • Addison Richards, actor

Celebrity Babies Named Addison:

  • Addison Lynne Posey (2011), daughter of Buster Posey and twin of Lee Dempsey
  • Addison Bay (2006), daughter of Jason Bay
  • Addison Grace Lillard (2002), daughter of Matthew Lillard
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