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Quick Facts on Mason

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English, French, German
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 4
Simple meaning:
To make, stone-worker

Characteristics of Mason

  • Authoritative
  • Powerful
  • Tough
  • Tenacious
  • Wealthy
  • Problem-solver
  • Achiever

Etymology & Historical Origin - 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.

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

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Mason

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Mason

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

  • Popular Songs on Mason

    Popular Songs on Mason

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

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Mason

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Mason

    Mason Dixon: Basketball Disasters (Claudia Mills) - Here's the third entry in Claudia Mills' charming middle-grade series. Mason Dixon survived the school choir. He survived adopting his now-beloved dog named, uh, Dog. But now he faces his biggest challenge yet: joining the local basketball team. Not by choice, of course. Not only do his parents encourage it, but his dad even volunteers to be his coach. Now, with his best pal Brody and a team of misfits even worse at basketball than him (if that's possible), Mason must try to rally to beat his arch-rival, the school bully Dunk. Just another day-in-the-life of a disaster-prone fourth grader. Recommended for ages 8-11.

    Mason Dixon: Fourth-Grade Disasters (Claudia Mills) - Here's the second entry in veteran author Claudia Mills' charming middle-grade series, which finds the lovably sardonic title character starting the fourth grade, which he's dreading: everyone in fourth grade is expected to join the school choir. And sing. In front of everyone. Mason can't think of many things he enjoys less than singing. But performing in front of other people might come close; Mason devises a foolproof plan that will keep him out of the spotlight on concert night. Of course, in the world of Mason Dixon, there is no such thing as a foolproof plan. There is only disaster. Recommended for ages 8-11.

    Mason Dixon: Pet Disasters (Claudia Mills) - Soon-to-be fourth-grader Mason Dixon does not want a pet, but his parents think it will be good for him. Goldfish dies soon after his arrival (from overfeeding). Mason is relieved. Hamster escapes. Mason is relieved. Cat has to go back because best friend Brody is too allergic to ever be at their house while Cat is there. Mason is relieved. But when Dog comes, it takes a little dose of jealousy for Mason to realize he does want a pet, all of his very own. Claudia Mills introduces a new, hilarious character in Mason, and each of the three books about him will feature both boys as they cope with a new experience; pitch-perfect for 8- to 10- year-old newly independent readers, the books will maintain a consistent page count and feature black-and-while art throughout. Recommended for ages 8-11.

    Mason Moves Away (Amy Crane Johnson) - Solomon Raven is the smartest bird in the forest. In each of the book in series, reoccurring characters explore nature during the four seasons. Recommended for ages 8-11.

    Mason's Trip to the Firehouse (Shane McCoid) - Join Mason the Bear as he takes a trip to the fire house! Help Mason learn about the tools and equipment firefighters use through colorful photographs and simple text. The author, Shane McCoid, serves as a volunteer firefighter in New Jersey. Recommended for ages 4-7.

    Night the Bells Rang (Natalie Kinsey-Warnock) - While the adults talk endlessly about the war overseas, Mason fights his own battles at home with a mean bully named Aden. But then Aden surprises Mason with an unexpected act of kindness. Finally, on the night the bells ring-and World War I ends-Mason lays an old enemy to rest. Readers will identify with this timeless story about a boy's coming-of-age. Recommended for ages 7-10.

  • Famous People Named Mason

    Famous People Named Mason

    Famous People Named Mason - Mason Aguirre (Olympic snowboarder)

  • Children of Famous People Named Mason

    Children of Famous People Named Mason

    Famous People who Named their Son Mason - Cuba Gooding Jr. (actor); Eddie Cibrian (actor); Josie Bisset (actress); Kelsey Grammer (actor); Kourtney Kardashian (TV personality); Mark McGwire (baseball player)

  • Historic Figures

    Mason - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Variations of the Baby Name - Mason

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