Naming Your Baby Boy Mason

Things to Consider About This Highly Popular Name

Smiling Newborn boy
Jose Luis Pelaez/DigitalVision/Getty Images

In recent years, Mason has become a considerably common name for boys. In 2016, in fact, it was ranked the fourth most popular name for baby boys by the Social Security Administration (SSA) on its list of top ten baby names. So if you're expecting a little bundle of male joy soon and the name Mason is on your short list (or you're still searching for just the right name for your baby), here are some things that may help you decide if Mason will work for you.

What the Name "Mason" Means

As with many traditional first and last names, such as Cooper or Tyler, Miller or Baker, Mason refers to a common occupation: It means "stoneworker" or "builder." The etymology of the name is rooted in the German word ​machen, which means "to make."

Of course, this doesn't explain why so many parents have chosen to name their baby boys Mason in the past decade or so. More likely, the popularity of the name has roots in pop culture. In 2009, for example, Kourtney Kardashian, of the television reality show family, named her baby boy Mason Dash Disick. By 2011, just two years later, Mason was the second most popular boy's name in the United States, according to the SSA.

And although the list of famous people with the first name Mason isn't very deep, celebrity parents tend to set baby name trends. Mason is no exception to that rule and has been a favorite among Hollywood moms and dads for some time, even before the Kardashian clan discovered the name.

A few famous celebrity baby Masons include a daughter, even. They are:

  • Mason Evan Smith, born in 2011, son of actor Shaffer Cimere Smith (Ne-Yo)
  • Mason Dash Disick, born in 2009, son of Kourtney Kardashian
  • Mason Walter Wilkerson, born in 2006, Melissa Joan Hart

There's even a famous female Mason: the daughter of actor Kelsey Grammer, who was born in 2001, whose full name is Mason Olivia Grammer.

Making the Name "Mason" Work For You

As with any baby name, you'll want to think about how Mason will sound with your child's last name, what his initials will spell, and what sort of middle name will work best. Since Mason begins and ends with hard consonants, middle names that begin with a vowel may sound especially nice—such as Mason Andrew, Mason Edward, and Mason Everett. More traditional names will pair nicely with Mason as well; for instance, Mason William, Mason Robert, or Mason Thomas.

Consider your other children's names too. You might pair the name Mason with sibling names that start with the letter "M", or that have an old-fashioned tone. A sister could be Mia or Madison, and a brother might be Matthew or Michael. More classic-sounding names that are newly popular would include Hannah, Sophia or Olivia for a sister, and Noah, Ethan, and Liam for a brother.

Was this page helpful?