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Baby Names: Son Ending

Names That End in Son

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Updated June 06, 2014

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You've probably noticed that in the past two decades son baby names (for both boys and girls) are exceptionally popular. While there are a few that are overwhelmingly common, others are still less well-known. Here you'll find both lists of baby names that end in son, and you can investigate the history of use of son baby names.

Currently Popular Son Names for Boys

Over 30 son baby names for boys are in somewhat common use. This list of names was compiled from the top 1000 baby boy names

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  • Anderson
  • Benson
  • Branson
  • Bronson
  • Bryson
  • Carson, Karson
  • Cason, Kason, Kayson
  • Dawson
  • Edison
  • Emerson
  • Gibson
  • Grayson, Greyson
  • Harrison
  • Hudson
  • Jackson, Jaxson
  • Jameson, Jamison
  • Jason, Jayson
  • Jefferson
  • Kyson
  • Lawson
  • Mason, Mayson
  • Nelson
  • Samson
  • Tyson
  • Wilson

Currently Popular Son Names for Girls

Now when it comes to the popular "son" names for girls, every single name on the list below was solidly a "boy name" for decades before it appeared on the girls name list. That goes for the name Alison too.

Alison was the first of the "son" names to start ranking on the girls list. In 1942 the name started consistently appearing on the name charts, and as it increased in popularity for girls, it decreased in popularity for boys. The same trend has occurred with all the other names below.

See also: Popular Boy Names for Girls

  • Addison, Addyson, Adyson, Addisyn
  • Alison, Alisson, Allison, Allisson, Allyson, Alyson
  • Emerson, Emersyn
  • Madison, Maddison, Madyson, Madisyn

Less Common Son Names

If any of the above names just aren't floating your boat, you might consider one of the following less common alternatives:

  • Adamson
  • Aeson
  • Anson
  • Colson
  • Davidson
  • Dennison
  • Dickson
  • Dotson
  • Edson
  • Elson
  • Erikson
  • Ferguson
  • Garrettson
  • Garson
  • Hanson
  • Henderson
  • Hobson
  • Janson
  • Jenson
  • Judson
  • Morrison
  • Nickson
  • Orson
  • Patterson
  • Pierson
  • Sampson
  • Sanderson
  • Stetson
  • Tamson
  • Tennyson
  • Vinson
  • Watson
  • Woodson

How Son Baby Names have Changed in Popularity for Boys

Are you wondering if the use of names ending in son has increased in popularity with time or decreased in popularity? What I did was sample the top 1000 baby boy names, every ten years since 1880. Here's what I found.

Ratio of boys born with the -son ending

  • 1880: 6 out of every 1000
  • 1890: 5 out of every 1000
  • 1900: 5 out of every 1000
  • 1910: 4 out of every 1000
  • 1920: 4 out of every 1000
  • 1930: 3 out of every 1000
  • 1940: 2 out of every 1000
  • 1950: 1 out of every 1000
  • 1960: 2 out of every 1000
  • 1970: 2 out of every 1000
  • 1980: 31 out of every 1000 (Thank mostly to the popularity of the name Jason)
  • 1990: 9 out of every 1000
  • 2000: 21 out of every 1000
  • 2010: 40 out of every 1000

How Son Baby Names have Changed in Popularity for Girls

Here's how it compares to son names for girls. Note: in 2000, parents began swapping out the o for a y. I've also included those -syn variations in the data below.

  • 1880 - 1940: No girls born with -son ending.
  • 1950: 0 out of every 1000, 3 out of every 10,000
  • 1960: 1 out of every 1000
  • 1970: 3 out of every 1000
  • 1980: 6 out of every 1000
  • 1990: 0 out of every 1000, 8 out of every 100,000
  • 2000: 23 out of every 1000
  • 2010: 7 out of every 1000

Interested in learning more about naming trends throughout history? Check out these articles:

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