Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Addison

Addison is the transferred use of a Scottish patronymic surname meaning “son of Addie” – Addie being a medieval Scottish Lowlands nickname for Adam. So Addison basically means “son of Adam”. Adam is, of course, a name borne from the Bible as the first man God created. It comes from the Hebrew “adamah” meaning “ground, earth” or more literally, “(the one formed from the) ground”. Apropos, “dust from the ground” was the essential ingredient of God’s creation. Adam is also the generic term for “Man” as told in Genesis 5:2. Therefore, Addison means “son of the ground” or “son of man”. Only in recent years (since the 1990s) has Addison seen success as a given name (primarily female) and its usage is mainly restricted to the United States, Canada and Australia. Addison actually started out in the United States as a masculine personal name, but eventually American parents of baby girls responded to this androgynous-sounding surname and started bestowing it upon their daughters in 1994. It essentially coincided with the popularity of Madison (a similar sounding name used heavily in America). The more popular Addison became for girls, the less popular it was for boys. It finally fell off the male charts in 2009 so now the name is considered almost exclusively female.

All About the Baby Name – Addison

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME ADDISON

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME ADDISON

The name Addison has a history of usage for boys in the United States since the 19th century but it never achieved the kind of success we see for girls today. The first year Addison showed up on the girl’s popularity charts was in 1994 and from that point on her success was fast and furious. The name jumped about a hundred places every two years until 2007 when it triumphantly ascended to the Top 15. And so far, this is where she seems to be parking herself. New and non-traditional, Addison still has yet to demonstrate her ultimate staying power. It’s not like she’s been around as long as Abigail, Emily or Elizabeth. Addison’s popularity is similar to Madison, another modern-day fashionable name choice – a sort of poster child for the contemporary baby girl. In fact, when it comes to “son of” surnames turned female given names, Madison, Addison and Emerson are the only examples currently on America’s Top 1000 list. Addie is a cute nickname.

Quick Facts

ON ADDISON

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

Scottish

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

3

RANKING POPULARITY:

19

PRONUNCIATION:

AD-ә-sin

SIMPLE MEANING:

Son of Adam

Characteristics

OF ADDISON

Communicative

Creative

Optimistic

Popular

Social

Dramatic

Happy

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Addison

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME ADDISON

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Addison

Popular Songs

ON ADDISON

Addison
a song by Bustello

The Faith (Addison's Song)
a song by Bobby Billings

Addison's Trip
a song by Stephen Sondheim

Famous People

NAMED ADDISON

We cannot find any popular celebrities or significantly famous people with the first name Addison.
We cannot find any popular celebrities or significantly famous people with the first name Addison.
Addison Richards (actor)

Children of Famous People

NAMED ADDISON

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Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME ADDISON

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