Tyson comes from an English surname, either a variant of Dyson, a matronymic surname meaning “son of Dye”, Dye being a medieval form of Dionysia, the female form of Dionysius, the Greek god of vine, wine, pleasure, festivity, madness, and wild frenzy, who represented both the intoxicating madness of wine as well as its beneficient qualities. Although the etymology of his name isn’t quite clear-cut, the first part of the name, Dio-, means “of Zeus” though it could also be related to Proto-Indo-European *dyews meaning “sky, heaven, god” and “shining”. The second part -nysus might be derived from Nysa, the name of a mountain in which Dionysios was raised by the nymphs who loved there; the name might be related to an archaic Greek word meaning “tree”.
Tyson may also be derived from Old French tison meaning “firebrand” derived from Latin titio.
Origin: English, Ancient Greek, Proto-Indo-European
- Dyson (English)