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What does Gordon mean?

Gordon Pronunciation of Gordon [gor-don] as a boys' name is pronounced GORD-en. It is of Old English and Gaelic origin. Possibly a place name meaning "hill near meadows" or "triangular hill". Name of one of the great Scottish clans. The name was used in the 19th century in honor of the British general Charles George Gordon. Balladeer Gordon Lightfoot; photographer Gordon Parks; hockey player Gordie Howe.

Associated with: old english, gaelic, hill (mountain), meadows, great, scottish, clans (surname), 19th century, british (england), parks (tree).


Gordon has 4 variants: Gordan, Gorden, Gordie and Gordy.

Related boy name: Gorton.

Creative forms:
(male) Godon, Gorson, ..

(female) Gorda, Gorgin, ..

Middle name pairings:
Gordon Stefan (G.S.), ..

How popular is Gordon?

Gordon is a very prominent first name for males (#172 out of 1220, Top 14%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#151 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Gordon reached its apex position of #74 in the U.S. in the 1930s, and is at #812 presently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gordon name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Gordon outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Gordan and Gorden are the popular related forms of Gordon (#812 the previous year). Adoption of these relations of Gordon reached its most widespread 85 years ago (average #983) and has become much reduced since (#1604, 94% less usage), with the version Gordon becoming less in vogue.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gordon, Gordan, Gorden in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Gordon and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended names are Ardon, Bardon, Borbon, Borden, Bordin, Bordon, Cardon, Coridon (see Corydon), Corydon, Dorion, Doron, Forden, Fordon, Garion, Garmon, Garon, Garron, Garson, Garton, Geron, Gerson, Gidon, Giordano, Girvon (see Girvin), Godden, Godin, Golden, Goran, Goren, Gorin, Gorman, Gorren, Gorrin, Gorten, Graydon, Greydon, Gurion, Guryon, Hardon, Horton, Jordan, Jorden, Jordon, Jordyn, Joron, London, Loron, Mardon, Morton, Norton, Rowdon, Roydon, Torion, Vardon, Verdon and Worden. These names tend to be less commonly used than Gordon.