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 "feller of trees; powerful warrior". Biblical: a hero and judge of Israel who won battles through skillful planning and faith rather than strength of arms alone. 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)