Popularity today: #3
Style: Last Names First, Place Names, The -ens
Variants: Maddison, Madisen, Madisyn, Madyson
Sisters: Sydney, Payton, Mackenzie, Brooklyn, Hailey
Brothers: Jackson, Logan, Dayton, Mason, Hunter
When the mermaid in the 1984 movie Splash chose this name from a Manhattan street sign, it was a big joke. But it seems the film's youngest fans weren't laughing '- they were taking notes. Two decades later, Madison is one of the top girls' names in the country. It hits a trendy trifecta of place name, surname and androgyny, all with a traditional girl's nickname.