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Origin, Meaning, And History Of Mason

Mason is derived from the occupational word ‘masoun’ in Middle English, meaning ‘stone worker’ or ‘bricklayer.’ It is a derivative of the Old French word of Frankish origin, ‘macian,’ which means ‘to make.’ It could also be a variation of the French ‘masson.’ In Italian (Veneto), Masone is a derivative of Maso, a short form of Thomas.

In the Middle Ages, when stone masonry was an important skill, the word Mason was used as an occupational surname for someone who worked with stone. Later, it was used as a family name. Then, it was used as a given name. It is predominantly a male name, though, in recent times, it has been used for all genders. The name became quite popular in the last few decades in the United States due to its modern pronunciation and easy spelling.

The name has been in use since the Middle Ages. It was popular in the 20th and 21st centuries too. While it sounds similar to Jason, Mason has an earthy feel that might attract new parents. Other variations, such as Kason or Cason, are slowly emerging in the name market. Mason is one of the occupational names similar to Hunter, Archer, or Sawyer.

Some variations of the name Mason are Mayson, Macen, Masen, Macun, Masyn, Maison, and Maysen. You can use different nicknames for Mason, such as May, Mace, Macy, Ace, Maze, Sun, Sunny, and Sonny.

Mason has made several appearances in pop culture too. Mason is the real name of ‘Dipper’ in the Disney cartoon Gravity Falls by Alex Hirsch. Mason Lockwood is a werewolf in the popular TV series The Vampire Diaries. Mason Greyback is another werewolf in Wizards of Waverly Place. Mason Hewitt is a recurring character in the 2011 TV show Teen Wolf. Mason Elias is a character in The Safe Lands trilogy by Jill Williamson. Mason Weaver is the name of the protagonist in the film Kong: Skull Island and is played by Brie Larson. A crater on the moon is also named Mason.

Many celebrities have given their children this name. Cuba Gooding Jr., Melissa Joan Hart, Kelsey Grammer, and  Backstreet Boys singer Kevin Richardson have named their children Mason.


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Stone worker
English, Scottish
1 word, 5 letters, 2 vowels, 3 consonants
Short and easy to pronounce

How To Pronounce Mason?

Pronounced as mey-sin

The way you pronounce a name can make all the difference.

Listen to the sound of the name Mason in English.

Famous People With The Name Mason

  • Mason AdamsAmerican character actor and voiceover artist known for his role as Managing Editor Charlie Hume in Lou Grant
  • Mason DyeAmerican actor known for his roles in Teen Wolf, Flowers in the Attic, and Stranger Things.
  • Mason MussoAmerican musician, singer, songwriter, and lead vocalist of Metro Station; older brother of Mitchel Musso
  • Mason CarterU.S. Army officer who served in the Civil War and the Indian Wars and was awarded the Medal of Honor

Mason On The Popularity Chart

The name Mason started gaining popularity from the late 1980s. These graphs tell how the name has performed in the last few decades.

Popularity Over Time

The popularity of the name Mason was low in the 1980s. In 1980, only 338 babies per million were named Mason. However, with time, the popularity of the name grew exponentially. In 2011, 19,518 babies per million were given this name.

Source: Social Security Administration

Rank Over Time

In terms of ranking, Mason ranked higher in the 1980s. In 1983, the name ranked its highest at 12,608. However, its ranking started to dip and in 2007, the name ranked the lowest at 20,609.

Source: Social Security Administration

Names With Similar Sound As Mason

Popular Sibling Names For Mason

If you are looking for some matching sibling names that resonate with Mason, check our suggestions here.

Boy Sibling Names For Mason

Find matching brother names for Mason and create a wonderful team of siblings.

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Girl Sibling Names For Mason

Looking for some suitable sister names for Mason? Check out our collection of beautiful and unique names.

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Other Popular Names Beginning With M

Looking for more baby names starting with the letter M to resonate with your family’s naming tradition or to rhyme with the sibling names? Find a range of alternative names starting with this letter.

Names With Similar Meaning As Mason

Popular Songs On The Name Mason

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Name Numerology For Mason

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the meaning of the name Mason?

The name Mason means ‘stoneworker.’

2. What is the origin of the name Mason?

Mason is of English origin.

3. How to pronounce the name Mason?

Mason is pronounced as mey-sin.

4. How common is Mason as a first name?

According to the SSA data, Mason is a popular name in the US. In 2022, the name stood at a rank of 24 in the popular names list. During the same year, 7,988 babies born in the US were named Mason, which represents 0.429 percent of total male births in 2022 (1).

5. What middle name goes with Mason?

The name Mason means ‘stone worker,’ so you can consider a middle name that is in complete contrast with it. For instance, Charles, meaning ‘free man,’ is a royal name that is the opposite of the meaning of Mason. Arthur is yet another royal name to go with Mason. It means ‘a bear.’ Edward, meaning ‘a rich guardian,’ can also make a contrasting name combination with Mason.


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