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Quick Facts on Hudson

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English, Scottish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 87
Simple meaning:
Heart, mind, spirit; or power, strong, hardy

Characteristics of Hudson

  • Multi-talented
  • Intuitive
  • Oneness
  • Idealistic
  • Philanthropy
  • Independent
  • Perfection

Etymology & Historical Origin - 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.

Popularity of the 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.
Popularity of the Boy Name Hudson
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Hudson

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Hudson

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Hudson

    Hudson We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Hudson.

  • Popular Songs on Hudson

    Popular Songs on Hudson

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

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Hudson

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Hudson

    Hudson (Janice Weaver) - In Weaver's take on this celebrated explorer, Hudson is portrayed as merely a human being, with positive and negative characteristics - his dogged determination to find a water passage to Asia, despite constant failure, is both admirable and quixotic. The author gives enough detail to bring the story to life without overloading children with information, a downfall all too common in other books about Hudson. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Hudson Taylor: Deep in the Heart of China (Geoff Benge) - Hudson survived his perilous maiden voyage to his beloved China. With his heart set in determined obedience to God, and trusting the provision of the One who had called, Hudson overcame persecution and almost overwhelming personal losses to bring God's truth to the "ripe harvest fields" of China. Today, Hudson Taylor's story continues to challenge and inspire believers young and old to carry the anchoring gospel message. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Hudson the Hippo: A Tale of Self-Control (Felicia Law) - Hudson wakes up in a bad mood, and does his best to make everyone as miserable as he is. But no amount of kicking, splashing, or biting seems to do the job. Hudson doesn't exercise much self control over his moods or actions, until he meets a big rhinoceros who may be even meaner than he is. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    New Boots for Hudson (Marc Tetro) - Hudson, the adventurous and restless husky, decides he needs a break. He's dreamed of going far away to somewhere warm. What Hudson hated most was getting ice and snow stuck between his toes and, though he had a thick coat, the cold seemed to go right through him. He wins a trip to Miami, Florida where he meets new friends and has adventures only to discover there's no place like home. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    River of Dreams: The Story of the Hudson River (Hudson Talbott) - A boy gazes from his window, dreaming of New York, "the great city on the river that bore my name—Hudson." This personalized opening has the look of a bedtime story and may deter some readers, but Talbott uses dreams as a theme around which he winds an engaging history of the river. Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Hudson

    Famous People Named Hudson

    Famous People Named Hudson - Hudson Lowe (Governor of St. Helena when Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled there)

  • Children of Famous People Named Hudson

    Children of Famous People Named Hudson

    Famous People who Named their Child Hudson - Drew Lachey (singer/actor); Harvey Keitel (actor); Marcia Gay Harden (actress); Michael Madsen (actor)

  • Historic Figures

    Hudson - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Hudson - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first 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.

Variations of the Baby Name - Hudson

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