When Niels Madsen was christened on 25 March 1777, in Reerslev, Tune, København, Denmark, his father, Mads Abrahamsen, was 43 and his mother, Mette Andersdatter, was 30.
Some characteristic forenames: Scandinavian Erik, Nels, Jorgen, Per, Viggo, Anders, Carsten, Niels, Thor, Alf, Einer, Jeppe.
Danish and Norwegian: patronymic from the personal name Mads, a pet form of Mat(t)hias or Mat(t)heus (see Matthew ). This surname is also found in northern Germany. Compare Madson , Matson , and Mattson .
English: variant of Madson .