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Quick Facts on Carson

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Scottish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 90
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Carson

  • Mystical
  • Wise
  • Eccentric
  • Intuitive
  • Imaginative
  • Philosophical
  • Solitary

Etymology & Historical Origin - Carson

Carson is the transferred use of a Scottish surname with unknown origins most likely derived from a place name (although the “-son” suffix would suggest a patronymic origin). The surname was first recorded as a’Carsan in the 13th century but is believed to have originated with an ancient Galloway clan of the Scottish Lowlands (the southwestern most region of Scotland). As such, the name is probably of Brythonic origin (i.e., ancient Briton/Celtic origin from the same branch as the Welsh or Cornish rather than the Gaelic branch). So the meaning of this name seems to be lost to history. What we do know of the medieval Carsons is that a one Morris Carson was appointed to the position of Bailiff of the Isle of Man around 1100 by the Scottish King and later became high-ranking administrators of Dumfries in Galloway (one of them even seized the castle of Dumfries in 1305). The Carson Clan was apparently known for their ferociousness and strength, qualities needed to survive the border areas of England in medieval times to be sure. The clan motto is “Ne m'oubliez” (Don’t forget me). While we’re on the Scottish topic, you might also be interested to know that “carson” is the Scottish-Gaelic word for “Why?” (as in “wherefore, for what reason?”), e.g., “carson seo” (translation: What’s the big idea?). So at least we can give you one concrete meaning behind the word “carson”. Usage of the name Carson as a given name, however, was inspired by American frontiersman Kit Carson (1809-1868) who made important contributions to the westward expansion of the United States during the days of the Wild Wild West.

Popularity of the Name Carson

The male given name Carson has been around for over 100 years. The name bounced around the charts at relatively low usage for most of the 20th century but has come into fashion in the past decade. Carson is now experiencing some of its highest popularity ever. The name seems to be hovering around the edge of the Top 100. A female version of the name (Karsyn) has recently popped onto the U.S. popularity charts, but the name is clearly masculine so we don’t expect the few little girls out there to undercut its manly power anytime soon. Carson conjures up the pioneers of the Old West (thanks to Kit Carson), so we put the name right up there with Wyatt or Levi.
Popularity of the Boy Name Carson
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Carson

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Carson

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Carson

    Carson Drew (Nancy Drew Mystery Stories) Carson Drew is Nancy's father, a widower, and a respected lawyer in River Heights. Like his daughter, Carson has brown-hair and blue eyes. He enlists the help of his daughter for many of his cases and gets the young sleuth on her path. He guides her and assists her when necessary, both as an admiring co-professional and as a father. He frequently leaves Nancy to her investigations while he travels on business.

  • Popular Songs on Carson

    Popular Songs on Carson

    Carson - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Carson.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Carson

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Carson

    Kit Carson and the Wild Frontier (Ralph Moody) - In 1826 an undersized sixteen-year-old apprentice ran away from a saddle maker in Franklin, Missouri, to join one of the first wagon trains crossing the prairie on the Santa Fe Trail. Kit Carson (1809–68) wanted to be a mountain man, and he spent his next sixteen years learning the paths of the West, the ways of its Native inhabitants, and the habits of the beaver, becoming the most successful and respected fur trapper of his time. From 1842 to 1848 he guided John C. Frémont’s mapping expeditions through the Rockies and was instrumental in the U.S. military conquest of California during the Mexican War. In 1853 he was appointed Indian agent at Taos, and later he helped negotiate treaties with the Apaches, Kiowas, Comanches, Arapahos, Cheyennes, and Utes that finally brought peace to the southwestern frontier. Ralph Moody’s biography of Kit Carson, appropriate for readers young and old, is a testament to the judgment and loyalty of the man who had perhaps more influence than any other on the history and development of the American West. Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Carson

    Famous People Named Carson

    Famous People Named Carson - Carson Daly (TV personality); Carson Kressley (fashion expert); Carson McCullers (writer); Carson Palmer (football player); Carson Robison (country musician)

  • Children of Famous People Named Carson

    Children of Famous People Named Carson

    Famous People who Named their Child Carson - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Carson.

  • Historic Figures

    Carson - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Christopher Houston "Kit" Carson (24 Dec 1809 - 23 May 1868) - Kit Carson is one of the best known characters in the pantheon of the American Old West. He was born in the Missouri Territory and apprenticed at a young age to a saddle-maker, but this was not the life for Kit. At the age of fourteen he ran off and started his extraordinary life with fur-trapping. As such, he mingled with Native American tribes and married first, an Arapaho woman and after her death, a Cheyenne. Although he could neither read nor write (except to sign his name) Kit was proficient in Spanish, French, and several Native American languages. His teaming up with John C. Fremont was serendipitous – he worked as a guide for Fremont and during their long association, Kit Carson was present on expeditions into the Sierra Nevada and the Oregon Trail, and took part in California’s Bear Flag rebellion. The tales of these exploits made Kit the subject of dime novels during his lifetime; his popularity only grew wider after his death. Kit Carson worked as a federal Indian Agent and while he advocated for the reservation system, it is generally believed that he did so in the spirit of trying to protect the native people from the growing hostility on the part of white settlers. Nonetheless, he was one of those responsible for the relocation of thousands of Navajo to a reservation in New Mexico, an episode that became known as the Long Walk, which resulted in the deaths of hundreds. After serving in the Union Army during the Civil War, Kit Carson retired to the life of a rancher in Colorado. In 1868 he traveled to Washington D. C. in order to plead for assistance on behalf of the Ute tribe. Certainly a man of his times, and manifesting the overriding sense of superiority of the white man, Carson still appears to have been closer than many to our somewhat more enlightened times.

Personality of the Boy Name Carson

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Variations of the Baby Name - Carson

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