Carson

First Name
104k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
57k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Carson

"Carson" is a name of American origin, and it means "Christian". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. United States frontiersman who guided Fremont's expeditions in the 1840s and served as a Union general in the American Civil War (1809-1868)
  2. United States biologist remembered for her opposition to the use of pesticides that were hazardous to wildlife (1907-1964)
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  1. An Irish and Scottish surname​, possibly a form of Curzon.
  2. A male given name transferred from the surname.
  3. (rare) A female given name
  4. A city in California.
  5. A city in Iowa.
  6. A city and county seat in North Dakota.
  7. A town in Wisconsin.

Notable Persons Named Carson

Carson Wentz is a football player. Carson was born on December 30th, 1992 in Bismarck, North Dakota.

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Carson Palmer is a football player. He was most active from 2004 to present. Carson was born on December 27th, 1979 in Fresno, California.

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Wayne Newton is a musician. His ongoing career started in 1962. Wayne was given the name Carson Wayne Newton on April 3rd, 1942 in Norfolk, Virginia, U.S. Wayne is also known as Mr. Las Vegas, The Midnight Idol, and Mr. Entertainment.

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Carson Daly is a list of talk show hosts, radio personality, celebrity, talk show host, and television personality. He has had major accomplishments since 1998. Carson was given the name Carson Jones Daly on June 22nd, 1973 in Santa Monica, California, U.S.

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Carson Kressley is a television host, actor, writer, and producer. He has been prominent since 2003. Carson was given the name Carson Lee Kressley on November 11th, 1969 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S.

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Carson McCullers was a southern gothic novelist. Carson was given the name Lula Carson Smith on February 19th, 1917 in Columbus, Georgia, U.S. She died on September 29th, 1967.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Carson

Ben Carson is a Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at and Johns Hopkins Hospital. His career lasted from 1984 to 2013. Ben was born on September 18th, 1951 in Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

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Johnny Carson was a satire, sketch comedy, improvisational comedy, and improvisational theatre comedian. Johnny was given the name John William Carson on October 23rd, 1925 in Corning, Iowa. He left this life on January 23rd, 2005.

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Sofia Carson is a singer and actress. She has been prominent since 2014. Sofia was given the name Sofía Daccarett Char on April 10th, 1993 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.

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André was born on October 16th, 1974 in Indianapolis.

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Rachel Carson was a nature writing marine biologist, author, environmentalist, and marine biology. She holds the title Rachel Carson. Her career lasted from 1937 to 1964. Rachel was given the name Rachel Louise Carson on May 27th, 1907 in Springdale, Pennsylvania, U.S. She passed away on April 14th, 1964.

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Kit Carson was a mountain man, frontiersman, guide, indian agent, united states army officer, and frontier. Kit was born on December 24th, 1809 in Richmond, Kentucky. He left this life on May 23rd, 1868.

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How popular is the baby name Carson in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 9 0 9
1881 6 0 6
1882 14 0 14
1884 13 0 13
1885 9 0 9
1886 8 0 8
1887 14 0 14
1888 9 0 9
1889 7 0 7
1890 8 0 8
1891 7 0 7
1892 12 0 12
1893 5 0 5
1894 12 0 12
1895 10 0 10
1896 8 0 8
1897 5 0 5
1898 16 0 16
1899 10 0 10
1900 16 0 16
1901 11 0 11
1902 17 0 17
1903 14 0 14
1904 10 0 10
1905 12 0 12
1906 13 0 13
1907 15 0 15
1908 12 0 12
1909 22 0 22
1910 24 0 24
1911 37 0 37
1912 45 0 45
1913 47 0 47
1914 96 0 96
1915 95 0 95
1916 113 0 113
1917 90 0 90
1918 103 0 103
1919 103 0 103
1920 99 0 99
1921 97 0 97
1922 120 0 120
1923 108 0 108
1924 132 0 132
1925 103 0 103
1926 113 0 113
1927 105 0 105
1928 101 0 101
1929 72 0 72
1930 107 0 107
1931 83 0 83
1932 112 0 112
1933 71 0 71
1934 84 0 84
1935 84 0 84
1936 89 0 89
1937 99 0 99
1938 87 0 87
1939 117 0 117
1940 106 0 106
1941 97 0 97
1942 115 0 115
1943 122 0 122
1944 69 0 69
1945 97 0 97
1946 131 0 131
1947 146 11 135
1948 123 6 117
1949 138 5 133
1950 127 7 120
1951 160 9 151
1952 128 7 121
1953 154 12 142
1954 138 0 138
1955 124 0 124
1956 118 5 113
1957 107 0 107
1958 99 0 99
1959 104 6 98
1960 90 0 90
1961 105 0 105
1962 94 8 86
1963 88 0 88
1964 84 0 84
1965 89 0 89
1966 79 0 79
1967 72 0 72
1968 92 5 87
1969 91 10 81
1970 105 0 105
1971 92 8 84
1972 113 8 105
1973 112 11 101
1974 112 9 103
1975 143 20 123
1976 151 11 140
1977 149 14 135
1978 152 13 139
1979 168 16 152
1980 175 19 156
1981 188 26 162
1982 207 18 189
1983 200 15 185
1984 238 18 220
1985 281 25 256
1986 278 27 251
1987 271 23 248
1988 313 30 283
1989 412 36 376
1990 539 68 471
1991 666 129 537
1992 862 202 660
1993 888 189 699
1994 1,035 204 831
1995 1,097 204 893
1996 1,260 251 1,009
1997 1,298 251 1,047
1998 1,770 299 1,471
1999 2,794 447 2,347
2000 3,616 377 3,239
2001 4,293 352 3,941 #95 boy name
2002 3,891 293 3,598
2003 5,140 280 4,860 #89 boy name
2004 4,615 236 4,379
2005 4,567 214 4,353
2006 5,223 212 5,011 #87 boy name
2007 5,319 200 5,119 #90 boy name
2008 5,328 202 5,126 #89 boy name
2009 5,185 188 4,997 #87 boy name
2010 5,285 189 5,096 #82 boy name
2011 5,099 178 4,921 #85 boy name
2012 4,743 152 4,591 #87 boy name
2013 4,678 152 4,526 #90 boy name
2014 4,782 173 4,609 #91 boy name
2015 4,917 178 4,739 #89 boy name
2016 5,076 184 4,892 #81 boy name

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Popularity of Carson as a first name

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Popularity of Carson as a last name

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Common last names for Carson

  • Smith
  • Jones
  • Johnson
  • Davis
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Wilson
  • Taylor
  • Anderson
  • White
  • Moore
  • Baker
  • Jackson
  • Lewis

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Carson U.S.
  White 72.25% 64.26%
  African American 21.67% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.61% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.78% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.28% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.41% 16.26%

Of Last Name Carson

People with the last name Carson are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Carson

  • How Popular is the name Carson? Carson is the 625th most popular name of all time. In 2016 Carson was the 81st most popular name. As a last name Carson was the 593rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Carson have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 104,173 babies born with the first name Carson in the United States. That's more than enough people named Carson to occupy the country of Tonga with an estimated population of 103,036 (as of November 30, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Carson? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 9 new born babies.
  • When was Carson first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Carson is Tuesday, March 17th, 1868.
  • What year had the most people named Carson born? The highest recorded use of the first name Carson was in 2008 with a total of 5,126 babies. That's a lot of babies named Carson!
  • Random Carson Factoid: According to the 1998 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Carson ranks 86th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Montana. Imagine that, 14 babies in Montana have the same name as you in 1998.
  • Weird things about the name Carson: Your name in reverse order is Nosrac. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ocrnsa. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Carson? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 56,872 people with the last name Carson.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Carson? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 19 of them will have Carson as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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