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Pronunciation

kɑrsən

Origin

English, Scottish

Meaning

Carson was originally a Gaelic clan name with origins stretching back to the 13th century. Carson is the Scottish-Gaelic for “why”, or “wherefore”. It’s relatively new to first-name lists, but it’s picking up remarkable traction as an alternative to Charles. If you’d like to experiment with variants, Carsen and Karsen are Americanized versions of the traditional Gaelic spelling.

Rank in the year 2015

Carson was ranked #141 in the most popular American names of 2015.

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