The name Carson ranked 98th in popularity for males of all ages in a sample of 2000-2003 Social Security Administration statistics and 774th in popularity for males of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
Though this name appears on the 1990 U.S. Census lists, it is used by only a small percentage of the general population.
This surname, unlike most names with a ''-son'' ending (such as Johnson, meaning ''son of John''), did not refer to the personal name of the bearer's father.
A 13th-century form of the name (''de Carsan'') hints at a derivation from a place name. However, no place with this name has been located, so the meaning of the name remains a mystery.