Addison:Adam's child

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Addison is a unisex name that comes from Old English and means "son of Adam." The name has long been associated with strength, leadership, and authority. It's probably not a coincidence that many Addisons born in the late 1800s and early 1900s went on to become army generals and officers.

For years, Addison was more common as a last name, especially in Britain. But today, Addison is one of the many last names climbing the baby-naming charts as first names – such as Jackson, Taylor, Madison, Carter, and Cooper. While it 's still a fairly common last name, Addison has transitioned to a first name for boys and girls in the United States. Addisyn and Addyson are other spelling variations, mostly among girls. No matter how it's spelled, Addison is pronounced the same: "add-i-son."

When Addison first evolved as a first name, it was more common for boys. But although its meaning is masculine, now more parents are choosing the name for daughters. In recent years, Addison has become especially popular among Generation Z girls, with TikTok star Addison Rae being among the new wave of Addisons born in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

Addison showed up on the Social Security Administration 's list of the top 1,000 baby names for girls in 1994. The name exponentially increased in popularity over the next decade. By 2006, Addison was in the top 50 popular girls' names in the U.S., and has stayed there ever since.

To explain Addison 's rise, look to the Grey's Anatomy factor: The long-running TV drama started in 2005, and featured character Addison Montgomery. In 2006, the name jumped from spot 106 to spot 28 for baby girls in the U.S.

Of course, there's no reason you can 't give this distinguished baby name to a boy or girl. The combination of charm and strength continues to make Addison an appealing name choice.

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Addison J. Hodges : Union soldier and Civil War Medal of Honor recipient

Addison Earl Baker : Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Air Forces, received the Medal of Honor for his actions in World War II

Sir Joseph Addison : British ambassador

Sir Albert Addison : British Royal Navy Admiral

Addison Mitchell McConnell III : American politician better known as Mitch McConnell

Addison Rae : TikTok star, media personality, and actress

Addison Timlin : Actress (Californication, Law & Order)

Addison Holley : Canadian TV actress

Addison Timlin : actress

Addison Randall : actor