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The first name 

Mason is a male first name. In very rare cases it is also used for girls.

Mason is a very popular name!

In the US, Mason is one of the most popular names ever. In the SmartGenius ranking recently, it has regularly been among the top 10 most common boys names and is currently in place 4. In fact, one out auf 300 boys under the age of 10 is named Mason. In total, there are currently 318,620 people – children, adults and seniors – named Mason living in the United States, which is approximately 0.10 % of the entire population.

You won't believe all there is 
to discover about the name

What does the name 
Mason mean?

In the English-speaking world, the name Mason goes back to a job title that has become a first name. Originally, ‘mason’ means something like ‘bricklayer’ or ‘stoneworker’.

Did you know... that the name has the same roots as the verb 'to make' in the English language?

There are many famous people with the name Mason

Musician, singer and songwriter

Mason Musso (*1989)
He is best known for being the lead singer of the band Metro Station. He founded this band with Miley Cyrus' older brother Trace Cyrus. The single 'Shake It' from their first album reached #10 on the Billboard Hot 100.

An American physician

Mason Andrews (1919 - 2006)
Mason Andrews was a physician and politician. He delivered America's first in vitro baby by Caesarian section in 1981. He was significantly involved in the invention of this process only a few years earlier.

A wrestler

Mason Ryan (*1982)
Mason Ryan is the ring name of Welsh wrestler Barri Griffiths. With this name he debuted in 2009 under the WWE, where he was released in 2014.

A video game character

Alex Mason
Alex Mason is the protagonist of the 2010 video game Call of Duty: Black Ops. It is the seventh installment of the Call of Duty series and is one of the most successful video games of all time.

Go on a journey to places 
with your name

When you hear the name Mason, you might first think of people. But did you know that there are also places with the name Mason? Are you also called Mason? Maybe one day you will visit the places that are named just like you...

Several cities...

villages, counties and similar in the United States have the name Mason. You can find them among others in Kentucky or Texas.

On the moon,...

a lunar impact crater, located in the northeastern part, is called Mason.

In Virginia...

you can attend George Mason University and become a member of the George Mason Patriots.

A destroyer

Some ships of the US Navy were named USS Mason - one is in commission since 2003.

Mason -
a popular traditional name in the U.S.

History tends to focus on the most famous and the best. But even those who play second fiddle leave their mark: Mason is one of those names without which the orchestra would be incomplete. In fact, Mason has reached the SmartGenius top ranking of #2 more than once - and again, not too long ago, the last time being in 2012. But even though the peak of popularity was not so long ago, the name Mason has been given to newborn boys every year since records began. Mason is a name of exceptional, enduring popularity, carrying the special vibes of the 20th century into the 21st.

In years where the graph has no value, the name Mason was given less than five times or even none at all in the entire USA.

Mason has arrived in the 21st century

The popularity of the traditional name Mason peaked only recently: the name has definitely arrived in the 21st century. Mason has made it into the top ten more than once, in 2022 it was #26 in our statistics: the chances of meeting a Mason are pretty high these days. Traditional names often prove to be perennial favorites, so who knows, maybe Mason will eventually become one of the most popular names of all time.

Mason -
well known in all states of the USA, most popular in Nevada

There are only 386 different male names registered in every single state in the U.S., and Mason is one of them. However, Mason is not equally widespread in all states, but people in Nevada seem to particularly fancy this name – the 2,652 men called Mason who live here are 0,469% of all male residents and push their name up to #47 in our SmartGenius statistics, easily placing it in the top 100 most common male names in Nevada. If you look at all the states in the USA together, you can currently find as many as 318,620 people with the name Mason. Across all regions and age groups, this lands Mason on position 99 in our SmartGenius ranking of the top male names – of course, the current popularity as a baby name for newborns looks somewhat different, as you can see from the statistics above.

Mason has 5 letters 
and begins with an M

Well, you might say, you probably figured that out yourself! But what you might not know is: The letter M is a particularly popular initial letter for boys’ names – 6.2% of all common boys’ names in the US begin with this letter. By the way, the most common first letters for boys’ names are J and A.

With five letters, the name Mason is comparatively short. In fact, 17.0% of all common first names in the US consist of exactly five letters. Only 7% of all first names are even shorter, while 75% have more than five letters. On average, first names in the US (not counting hyphenated names) are 6.5 letters long. There are no significant differences between boys' and girls' names.

That means that with 6.2% of all boys' names that begin with an M, this first letter is much more common than the other letters on average. If you are now wondering which boys’ name with M is the most common... the answer is Michael.

Other names with 
M, a, s, o and n

If you take all the letters in the name Mason – M, a, s, o and n – and put them together again, you can form other names, such as Osman or others.

With hands, flags and sounds 
How to say Mason

If your name is Mason and someone asks after your name, you can of course just tell them what it is. But sometimes that isn't so easy - what if it's too loud, and you don't understand them well? Or what if the other person is so far away that you can see them but not hear them? In these situations, you can communicate your name in so many other ways: you call spell it, sign it, or even use a flag to wave it...

This is how you spell the name Mason

So that everyone really understands you when you have to spell the name Mason, you can simply say:






This is how the name Mason is spelled in the NATO phonetic alphabet

The NATO alphabet often helps people spell words on the phone or radio when there are communication problems.

How do you write Mason in Braille?

Braille is made up of dots, which the blind and visually impaired can feel to read words.



You want to tell a deaf person that your name is Mason

Just use American Sign Language!

The name Mason is particularly colorful in the Semaphore flag signaling system!

These flags are used for maritime communication - each flag represents a letter.


Have you ever waved the name Mason

In the navy, sailors of two ships might wave flags to each other to send messages. A sailor holds two flags in specific positions to represent different letters.


Beeping like crazy...

In Morse code, letters and other characters are represented only by a series of short and long tones. For example, a short tone followed by a long tone stands for the letter A. Mason sounds like this: