Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Mason

Mason is the transferred use of an English surname. Mason originated in the Middle Ages as an occupational name intended to signify a skilled worker of stone (from the Old French “maçon”), a word which is ultimately derived from the Germanic “macian” meaning “to make.” The Norman-French introduced the name to England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. At that point in history, very few structures in England were made from stone, so not only did the French introduce the word to England, but they also brought the masonry skill itself. As a surname, Mason dates back to at least the 11th century England when last names were issued as a form of identification for taxation purposes. Occupations became one of the key ways to classify a citizen. This is how Robert the baker became Robert Baker and Richard the stoneworker became Richard Mason. It’s uncertain when Mason began to be used as a forename for boys, but we know it dates back to at least the 19th century in America. Usage of Mason in America may have been influenced by George Mason, an 18th century patriot and statesman credited for his role in writing the Bill of Rights. Today, the name Mason is used almost exclusively within English-speaking nations. It’s most popular in North America (the United States and Canada), but it also ranks remarkably high in Australia, Scotland and England.

All About the Baby Name – Mason

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME MASON

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME MASON

Surprisingly, the boy’s name Mason has been in use in America for over a century. In the early 1900’s the name was not a common one, but then around the 1950’s Mason began his slow and quiet ascent up the charts. In 1997, the name finally achieved a hard-won spot on the Top 100 list of most favored boy names. Each subsequent year Mason has improved in popularity, but the name went gangbusters after reality TV personality, Kourtney Kardashian, named her son Mason in 2009. Apparently Ms. Kardashian is a naming trend-setter, because Mason is now the second most popular boy’s name in America. With its quasi blue-collar roots, Mason is an easy, likable and unpretentious name.

Quick Facts

ON MASON

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

4

PRONUNCIATION:

MAY-sәn

SIMPLE MEANING:

To make, stone-worker

Characteristics

OF MASON

Authoritative

Powerful

Tough

Tenacious

Wealthy

Problem-solver

Achiever

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Mason

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME MASON

Bertha Mason is the famed mad wife in the attic in Charlotte Brontë’s masterpiece, Jane Eyre: An Autobiography, published in 1847. Poor Bertha is our candidate for one of the top ten victims of cruel fate and crueler companions in all literature! First, she is born half English and half Creole – in her time and place, this puts her right outside the box right away. Then apparently she inherits a strain of madness that runs in her family. Then she is married off to Mr. Rochester, who pretty promptly locks her up with only a careless, drunken servant to tend to her. And then, Mr. R. pulls the bigamy card. Wouldn’t you scream, yell, rip up wedding veils and burn down houses, too? Of course you would, and probably with great glee. Critics often point to Bertha Mason as an embodiment of the plight of the Victorian woman writer – if so, Ms. Brontë was one ticked-off woman about her status!

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

Popular Songs

ON MASON

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


Famous People

NAMED MASON

Mason Aguirre (Olympic snowboarder)

Children of Famous People

NAMED MASON

Kourtney Kardashian;

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME MASON

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