Girl Baby Name

Addison

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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

Etymology & Historical Origin - 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.

Popularity of the 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.
Popularity of the Girl Name Addison
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Addison

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Addison

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Addison

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

  • Popular Songs on Addison

    Popular Songs on Addison

    Addison - a song by Bustello

    Addison - a song by The Saints

    Addison - a song by Jessica Stone

    Addison's Trip - a song by Stephen Sondheim

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

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Addison

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Addison

    Addison Addley and the Things That Aren't There (Melody DeFields McMillan) - Addison Addley hates math. He hates public speaking too. Actually, he hates anything that involves work, but he only has a couple of weeks to write and memorize his grade five speech. The problem is, he canít think of a single topic. When he finally comes up with an excellent idea for a speech, it almost writes itself, but it's his poor math skills that make speech day unforgettable. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Addison Addley and the Trick of the Eye (Melody DeFields McMillan) - Addison's mother wants to sell their comfortable old house and move into a townhouse in a new development across town--a shoe box near a shoe factory, Addison calls it. As usual, Addison's brain goes into overdrive as he tries to solve two problems: first he must get his mother to see their old house in a new light, and then he must figure out who is responsible for a rash of neighborhood break-ins that make his mother feel unsafe. With the help of his friend Sam, he puts his own unique spin on optical illusions (and home decor) and ends up surprising everyone, even himself. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Princess Addison Gets Angry (Molly Martin) - When Princess Addison doesn’t get what she wants, she becomes Princess Angry. Recommended for ages 3-6.

  • Famous People Named Addison

    Famous People Named Addison

    Famous People Named Addison - Addison Richards (actor)

  • Children of Famous People Named Addison

    Children of Famous People Named Addison

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Addison - Buster Posey (baseball player, has a daughter named Addison); Matthew Lillard (actor, has a daughter named Addison)

  • Historic Figures

    Addison - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Addison - We cannot find any people of historical significance with the first 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.

Variations of the Baby Name - Addison

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