What does Gideon mean?
Gideon /gi-deon/ [3 sylls.] as a boys' name is pronounced GIH-dee-en. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Gideon is "he who cuts down".
Biblical: a hero and judge of Israel who won battles through skillful planning and faith rather than strength of arms alone. The name was used by the Puritans in the 17th century. The latter-day Gideons are the group responsible for placing Bibles in hotel bedrooms.
How popular is Gideon?
Gideon is a rare first name for males but a very popular surname for all people (#7744 out of 150436, Top 5%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Gideon for boys. Gideon reached its apex rank of #349 in the U.S. in the year 2014. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)