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Firebrand, Fiery temperament, God of wine
Etymology & Historical Origin - Tyson
The English surname Tyson has dual meanings. The first origin comes from an Old French word “tison” meaning ‘firebrand’ and was probably used as a nickname for a person with a fiery temperament or an agitator. The second origin suggests that Tyson is a variant of Dyson, a metronymic surname derived from the medieval female given name Dye, a pet form of Dionysius. Dionysus was the Greek god of the grape harvest, winemaking and wine (in Roman mythology, his counterpart was Bacchus). The surname Tyson dates back to the 12th century in England. Its use as a forename is a 20th century creation and mainly in the United States.
Popularity of the Name Tyson
Tyson first appeared on the U.S. naming charts in 1966. It jumped up in usage pretty quickly, although it’s not clear what influenced the sudden interest in this name. By the time Mike Tyson entered the scene in the mid-1980s, the name was already achieving some of its highest levels of popularity. Even Tyson’s bad behavior in the 1990s did little to dissuade people from using this name on their little boys. It does appear that Tyson is enjoying its ride on the wave of the “Last Names First” trend in America. Although we think it’s peaked out at fairly moderate usage at this point. Occasionally this name is used for little girls, but not often enough to place it on the female naming charts. It’s a short and simple name with one ‘fiery’ meaning.
Popularity of the Boy Name Tyson
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Tyson
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Tyson
Tyson We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Tyson.
Popular Songs on Tyson
I Think I Can Beat Mike Tyson - a song by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
Children's Books on the Baby Name Tyson
Tyson the Terrible (Christyan Fox) - Kirkus Reviews says: “A bouncy little tale with a winning finale.” And CurledUp says “This delightfully told, colorfully bold book combines adorable dinosaurs with a cute twist ending to provide kids a surefire hit of a bedtime story. An eye-catching book with plenty of prehistoric fun inside. Recommended for ages 3-7.
Famous People Named Tyson
Famous People Named Tyson - Tyson Ballou (male model); Tyson Beckford (male model); Tyson Chandler (basketball player)
Children of Famous People Named Tyson
Famous People Who Named Their Child Tyson - Neneh Cherry (musician/rapper)
Tyson - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Tyson - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Tyson.
Personality of the Boy Name Tyson
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 - Tyson