If your name is Madison, you are artistic and creative, and this is your favorite way of expressing yourself. In fact, you might be more inclined to express yourself through some creative means—like music, art, or poetry—than through speaking too much, especially when you are in a group of people that you don’t know so well. However, when you are with friends, family, or other people that you feel comfortable with, you are incredibly social, quick-witted, and downright entertaining. Sometimes, this duality in your personality causes you to be misunderstood, which causes you to seek out those you care about for affection and understanding. You are very sensitive and philosophical in your character, and you often spend time deep in your thoughts thinking about the universe and your place in it. Your favorite place for this type of contemplation is outside in nature, where you can find inspiration from the natural beauty of the world.
Sometimes, your need to be alone in your thoughts actually causes you to feel lonely, so at those times, you must push yourself to be with others. In general, though, you are a happy and energetic person, loved and admired by others.
Madison was originally used as a surname, and it came from the medieval female first name “Madde” which was a short form of “Maud”, which was a form of the Latin name “Matilda”, which came from the Germanic words “maht”, meaning “might” and “hild”, meaning “battle.” Madison was originally used as a first name for boys in the U.S., and was thought to be influenced by the name of the 4th President of the United States, James Madison, one of the authors of the US Constitution.
Beginning in 1985, Madison came into popular usage in the United States as a name for girls (possibly influenced by the mermaid Madison, played by Darryl Hannah in the 1984 movie “Splash.”) It actually quickly overtook Madison as a boys’ name in the US to the point where it’s not even considered a boys’ name anymore. It became a Top 10 popular name for girls by the mid-1990s and has retained super-popular status ever since.
The most famous Madison (who really inspired the popularity of the first name Madison in the U.S.) is really a “last name” Madison, 4th President of the United States: James Madison. James Madison was so important in the drafting of the Constitution that he is often called the “Father of the Constitution.” He was a member of Congress and Secretary of State under Thomas Jefferson prior to being elected President.
Numerous celebrities have named their kids Madison, including actresses Sissy Spacek and Brooke Burns, actor Johnny Knoxville, and inventor Thomas Alva Edison.