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What does Gordon mean?

Gordon \g(o)-rdon, gor-don\ as a boys' name is pronounced GORD-en. It is of Old English and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Gordon is "large fortification". Also possibly a place name meaning "hill near meadows" or "triangular hill". Name of one of the great Scottish clans. Balladeer Gordon Lightfoot; photographer Gordon Parks; hockey player Gordie Howe.


Gordon has 3 variants: Gordan, Gorden and Gordie.

For more on this name, see also the related boy name Gorton.


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. Census)

Shown below is the baby name popularity of Gordon for boys. Gordon reached its apex position of #79 in the U.S. during the years 1930-1939, and is at #935 presently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Gordon name in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended similar baby names are Bordon, Fordon, Garton, Gorten, Gradon and Jordon. These names tend to be less commonly used than Gordon.