Usage: English, Scottish
The boy's name Hudson is pronounced HUD-sen. The name comes from an Old English surname which meant "son of HUDDE", and the personal name "Hudde". The meaning is: Son of the hooded man, and "son of Hugh" (as Hugh is sometimes called Hudd), respectively. Hudson has been adapted as a first name for boys since then. Two famous name bearers for the name are Hudson de Souza (Brazilian middle distance runner) or Hudson Rodrigues dos Santos (Brazilian footballer).
As a surname it dates back to the 13th century in Scotland and England. A famous name bearer was the English explorer Henry Hudson, who was the first European to visit the Hudson River, which he found while searching for a Northwest Passage to India. He also sailed into Hudson Bay in Canada on a later voyage, and lent his name to the Hudson Bay.
Hudson is an uncommonly occurring given name for men, and reached its top position of #80 in the U.S. in 2014 (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014). It is also a very prominent last name (#202 out of 150436) (2000 U.S. Census).
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