Mason

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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Mason mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Mason

"Mason" is a name of French origin, and it means "Stone worker". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ma"son
Senses
  1. One whose occupation is to build with stone or brick; also, one who prepares stone for building purposes.
  2. A member of the fraternity of Freemasons. See Freemason.

Etymology: F. maçon, LL. macio machio mattio mactio marcio macerio; of uncertain origin

verb Ma"son
To build stonework or brickwork about, under, in, over, etc.; to construct by masons; -- with a prepositional suffix; as, to mason up a well or terrace; to mason in a kettle or boiler.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A member of a widespread secret fraternal order pledged to mutual assistance and brotherly love
  2. A craftsman who works with stone or brick
  3. English writer (1865-1948)
  4. English film actor (1909-1984)
  5. American Revolutionary leader from Virginia whose objections led to the drafting of the Bill of Rights (1725-1792)
Wiktionary
  1. An occupational surname​ for a stonemason.
  2. A male given name transferred from the surname.
  3. A city in Michigan.
  4. A town in New Hampshire.
  5. A city in Ohio.
  6. A town in Tennessee.
  7. A city in Texas.
  8. A village in Wisconsin.
  9. A county in Texas.
  10. A Freemason.

Mason was also found in the following language(s): Sranan Tongo

Notable Persons Named Mason

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Mase is a hip hop music rapping, singer-songwriter, and musician. His career lasted from 1993 to 1999. Mase was given the name Mason Durrell Betha on August 27th, 1975. Mase is also known as Murda Ma$e.

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Mason Plumlee is a basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers and Brooklyn Nets in the National Basketball Association. He was most active from 2013 to present. Mason was born on March 5th, 1990 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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Mason Holgate is a soccer player for the Everton F.C., Barnsley F.C., and England national under-20 football team. Mason was born on October 22nd, 1996 in Doncaster, England.

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Mason was born on January 13th, 1982 in Tremadog. Mason is also known as Griffiths and Barri; Smackdown Warrior; Celtic Warrior; Goliath.

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Mason Cook is an actor. He was most prominent from 2007 to present. Mason was born in 2000.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Mason

James Mason was an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1931 to 1984. James was given the name James Neville Mason on May 15th, 1909 in Huddersfield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England. He passed away on July 27th, 1984.

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Nick Mason is a progressive rock, psychedelic rock, experimental rock, and instrumental rock musician. He plays Drums, percussion, Percussion instrument, Ludwig Drums, Drum Workshop, and Paiste. His ongoing career started in 1964. Nick was given the name Nicholas Berkeley Mason on January 27th, 1944 in Edgbaston, Birmingham, England.

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Dave Mason is a folk rock, pop rock, psychedelic rock, and soft rock musician. He plays guitar, vocals, bass guitar, mellotron, sitar, tambura, and Tanpura. He was most prominent from 1966 to present. Dave was given the name David Thomas Mason on May 10th, 1946 in Worcester, England.

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Ryan Mason is a soccer player for the Tottenham Hotspur F.C., Tottenham Hotspur F.C. Reserves, Academy, Yeovil Town F.C., Doncaster Rovers F.C., Millwall F.C., FC Lorient, Swindon Town F.C., England national under-16 football team, England national under-19 football team, and England national. Ryan was born on June 13th, 1991 in Enfield, England. Ryan is also known as Mason and Ryan Glen.

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George Mason was a landowner. George was born as the child of George Mason III on December 11th, 1725 in likely present-day Fairfax County, Colony of Virginia, British America. He left this life on October 7th, 1792.

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Sam was born in 1968.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 22 0 22
1881 13 0 13
1882 12 0 12
1883 12 0 12
1884 14 0 14
1885 15 0 15
1886 18 0 18
1887 13 0 13
1888 14 0 14
1889 21 0 21
1890 16 0 16
1891 11 0 11
1892 20 0 20
1893 12 0 12
1894 18 0 18
1895 19 0 19
1896 18 0 18
1897 23 0 23
1898 15 0 15
1899 19 0 19
1900 32 0 32
1901 15 0 15
1902 24 0 24
1903 21 0 21
1904 20 0 20
1905 22 0 22
1906 20 0 20
1907 22 0 22
1908 27 0 27
1909 16 0 16
1910 27 0 27
1911 30 0 30
1912 58 0 58
1913 85 0 85
1914 89 0 89
1915 98 0 98
1916 143 7 136
1917 114 0 114
1918 121 5 116
1919 125 0 125
1920 148 6 142
1921 144 0 144
1922 131 0 131
1923 133 5 128
1924 119 0 119
1925 114 0 114
1926 122 0 122
1927 108 0 108
1928 108 0 108
1929 96 0 96
1930 95 0 95
1931 85 0 85
1932 86 0 86
1933 83 0 83
1934 89 0 89
1935 83 0 83
1936 82 0 82
1937 70 0 70
1938 80 0 80
1939 80 0 80
1940 77 0 77
1941 81 0 81
1942 103 0 103
1943 89 0 89
1944 91 0 91
1945 69 0 69
1946 84 0 84
1947 88 0 88
1948 91 0 91
1949 94 0 94
1950 90 0 90
1951 86 0 86
1952 85 0 85
1953 81 0 81
1954 70 0 70
1955 97 0 97
1956 92 0 92
1957 72 0 72
1958 88 0 88
1959 87 0 87
1960 80 0 80
1961 89 0 89
1962 90 0 90
1963 94 0 94
1964 98 0 98
1965 74 0 74
1966 91 0 91
1967 87 0 87
1968 108 0 108
1969 157 0 157
1970 180 0 180
1971 166 0 166
1972 132 0 132
1973 153 0 153
1974 268 0 268
1975 307 0 307
1976 252 0 252
1977 266 0 266
1978 273 5 268
1979 325 5 320
1980 338 0 338
1981 310 0 310
1982 332 5 327
1983 251 8 243
1984 284 6 278
1985 464 10 454
1986 659 9 650
1987 827 12 815
1988 1,039 13 1,026
1989 1,109 15 1,094
1990 1,498 20 1,478
1991 2,056 21 2,035
1992 2,233 33 2,200
1993 2,498 26 2,472
1994 2,834 33 2,801
1995 3,717 87 3,630
1996 4,000 120 3,880
1997 4,422 155 4,267 #89 boy name
1998 4,800 143 4,657 #83 boy name
1999 5,584 133 5,451 #71 boy name
2000 6,665 149 6,516 #64 boy name
2001 7,595 149 7,446 #53 boy name
2002 8,027 149 7,878 #53 boy name
2003 8,036 141 7,895 #54 boy name
2004 8,779 162 8,617 #51 boy name
2005 9,919 152 9,767 #42 boy name
2006 10,537 128 10,409 #40 boy name
2007 10,861 95 10,766 #37 boy name
2008 10,585 106 10,479 #35 boy name
2009 10,758 75 10,683 #34 boy name
2010 14,918 76 14,842 #12 boy name
2011 19,596 89 19,507 #2 boy name
2012 19,047 83 18,964 #2 boy name
2013 17,761 73 17,688 #4 boy name
2014 17,270 78 17,192 #3 boy name
2015 16,702 92 16,610 #3 boy name
2016 15,318 88 15,230 #4 boy name
2017 13,560 58 13,502 #7 boy name

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Popularity of Mason as a first name

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Popularity of Mason as a last name

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Common last names for Mason

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • White
  • Brown
  • Miller
  • Thompson
  • Davis
  • Wilson
  • Moore
  • Thomas
  • Campbell
  • Lewis
  • King

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Mason U.S.
  White 68.82% 64.26%
  African American 25.10% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.53% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.76% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.38% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.41% 16.26%

Of Last Name Mason

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

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Fun Facts about the name Mason

  • What name lists does Mason rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Mason? Mason is the 271st most popular name of all time. In 2017 Mason was the 7th most popular name. As a last name Mason was the 166th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Mason have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 273,684 babies born with the first name Mason in the United States. That's more than enough people named Mason to occupy the territory of New Caledonia (France) with an estimated population of 259,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Mason? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 22 new born babies.
  • When was Mason first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Mason is Tuesday, February 16th, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Mason born? The highest recorded use of the first name Mason was in 2011 with a total of 19,507 babies. That's a lot of babies named Mason!
  • Random Mason Factoid: According to the 2004 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Mason ranks 93rd in popularity as a baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, 667 babies in California have the same name as you in 2004.
  • Weird things about the name Mason: Your name in reverse order is Nosam. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Amnos. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Mason? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 160,213 people with the last name Mason.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Mason? Mason was ranked as the 166th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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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).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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