Meaning and Name Origin
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.
For more information, 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 (#143 out of 88799, 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. (2014 Birth Statistics)