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National Carson Day – September 29, 2022

National Carson Day is observed annually on September 29. It is a day dedicated to celebrating people with the name ‘Carson.’ Carson is a gender-free name of Irish and Scottish origin. It is the transferred use of the name ‘Carr’s son,’ which means ‘son of the marsh dwellers.’ Some also use it as a last name. It gained more popularity because of American frontiersman, Kit Carson. However, the ancient Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands first used the name. The surname Carson was first found in Dumfriesshire, a Southern area of Scotland.

History of National Carson Day

The name Carson has Scottish and Irish antecedents. It is a repurposed form of the term “Carr’s son,” which implies “son of the marsh people.” The ancient Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands first used the name, Carson. Southern Scotland’s Dumfriesshire was home to the first Carson family. Morris Carson/Acasson, the bailiff of the Isle of Man, is credited with using the name for the first time. He came to the Scottish shore in the ninth century and is considered a member of the Irish Clan MacCarrghama of the Hy Fiachra.

The first record of ‘Carson’ in the U.S. dates back to the 17th century when Charles Carson arrived in Maryland in 1676. Following that, other people bearing the name started to immigrate to the U.S., and this movement gave Carson a pinch of old western charm. This was primarily due to Kit Carson, an American frontiersman, and trapper (his real name was Christopher Carson). Born in 1809 in Madison, his paternal grandfather, William, was an immigrant from Scotland or Northern Ireland.

According to the data provided by the Social Security Administration, Carson has remained one of the top 100 most popular names in the U.S. in the 126 years since the government began keeping track of popular names. Carson reached its peak in December 2017, ranking at 70. It is currently ranked at number 87 in the list of the most popular male names in the U.S., although it is not as popular amongst girls, ranking at 1,154 on the female list.

National Carson Day timeline

801 A.D.
The First Carson Arrives

Morris Acarson arrives on the Scottish coast as the earliest-known Carson from the Irish clan of MacCarrghama of the Hy-Fiachra.

1676
Carson Enters America

Charles Carson becomes the first Carson to arrive in the U.S.

2017
Carson's Popularity Peaks

On the list of the top 100 male names in the U.S., Carson's popularity reaches its peak at 70.

2021
Carson's Popularity Drops

Carson's popularity drops to number 87 on the list of most popular male names in the U.S.

National Carson Day FAQs

Can Carson be a girl's name?

Carson may not be a good choice for a girl because it denotes the “son of the marsh dweller.”

What are other Scottish and Irish names?

Names such as Liam, Rory, Duncan, and Craig have Scottish and Irish origins.

Is Carson a biblical name?

No. The name Carson does not appear anywhere in the Bible.

National Carson Day Activities

  1. Celebrate with Carson

    Do you know anyone named Carson? Wish them a happy National Carson Day and tell them what an excellent name they have.

  2. Look for anagrams

    Make it a game to find how many anagrams you can get from the name 'Carson.' Anagrams are fun!

  3. Use the hashtag

    More people need to learn about National Carson Day. Use the hashtag #NationalCarsonDay on social media to start a conversation.

5 Popular People Bearing Carson As Their Last Name

  1. Johnny William Carson

    Johnny William Carson was an American T.V. host, writer, and producer, best known for hosting "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" and winning six Emmy awards, including the 1985 Peabody Award, amongst other accolades.

  2. Ben Carson

    Ben Carson, a retired American neurosurgeon, led the first successful operation to separate conjoined twins in 1987.

  3. Sir Edward Carson

    Sir Edward Carson was an Irish politician famous for serving as the First Lord of the Admiralty for the British Royal Navy.

  4. Rachel Louise Carson

    The influential book "Silent Spring" was written by American marine biologist and author Rachel Louise Carson.

  5. Donald Arthur Carson

    Donald Arthur Carson is a reformed Biblical scholar and Emeritus Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Why We Love National Carson Day

  1. Carson has traceable origins

    Carson is a name of Scottish and Irish origin, meaning "son of the marsh dwellers." Names that have such well-established origins are distinguished.

  2. Carson is unique

    Carson has a unique quality because of its heritage and history. It has a pleasant sound and a special charm.

  3. National Carson Day is heartwarming

    On this day, we let our friends named Carson know they're recognized and celebrated. They deserve to feel special.

National Carson Day dates

YearDateDay
2022September 29Thursday
2023September 29Friday
2024September 29Sunday
2025September 29Monday
2026September 29Tuesday

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