Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Hudson

The name Hudson is the transferred use of an Anglo-Scottish surname originating from a medieval personal name “Hudde” which itself has three possible origins. One, it’s widely thought to be a pet form of the Old Saxon name Hugh which comes from a Germanic word “hug” meaning ‘heart, mind, spirit.’ Secondly, Hudde is also thought to have formed as a nickname for Richard which also has Germanic origins meaning ‘power, strong, hardy.’ Lastly, it could be derived from the Olde English personal name “Hūda” with uncertain origin but which gave its name to places like Huddington in Worcestershire. The surname dates back to the 13th century in Scotland and England. Henry Hudson (1580-1611) is probably the most famous of the Hudson name bearers. He is credited with discovering the “North West Passage” and Hudson Bay in Canada. The Hudson River in New York is also named after Henry Hudson.

All About the Baby Name – Hudson

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME HUDSON

The number Nine personality represents the completion or ending of the cycle, and a need for perfection. This is the personality that moves from "self" to a greater understanding and compassion for the human condition and the world order. They want to make the world a better place. Nines are capable of great spiritual and humanitarian achievements. They are courageous and fearless, able to fight great battles on behalf of worthy causes. These personalities will not tolerate injustice. They are compassionate people with a strong sensitivity to others. They are able to both educate and inspire. Friendships and relationships are the lifeblood to the Nine, and they place a high value on love and affection. Nines are often exceptionally gifted artistically, and they have a keen imagination and enterprising mind.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME HUDSON

As a forename, Hudson dates back over 100 years on the American popularity charts, although between 1880 and 1920 its usage was extremely low to almost non-existent. Starting in 1920, however, Hudson fell completely from favor and disappeared from the male naming charts altogether for 75 straight years. The name finally came out of its lengthy hibernation in 1995 and within a little more than 15 years, advanced a remarkable 850+ positions on the charts. Today, the name is fast approaching a coveted spot on the Top 100 list of most commonly used boy names in America. Hudson follows the popular naming trend of using surnames as first names (many of which fall into the “unisex” category), but Hudson in particular is a masculine choice (like Hunter, Carson and Colton). The two possible meanings of the name’s origin (heart, mind, spirit vs. power, strong hardy) afford the name a nice yin-yang quality.

Quick Facts

ON HUDSON

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

87

PRONUNCIATION:

HUHD-sәn

SIMPLE MEANING:

Heart, mind, spirit; or power, strong, hardy

Characteristics

OF HUDSON

Multi-talented

Intuitive

Oneness

Idealistic

Philanthropy

Independent

Perfection

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Hudson

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME HUDSON

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

Popular Songs

ON HUDSON

We cannot find any popular or well-known songs with the name of Hudson


Famous People

NAMED HUDSON

Hudson Lowe (Governor of St. Helena when Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled there)

Children of Famous People

NAMED HUDSON

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Hudson

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME HUDSON

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Hudson