Meaning and name origin
Gordon \g(o)-rdon, gor-don\ as a boy's 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 popular first name for males (#172 out of 1220, Top 14%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#143 out of 88799, Top 1%) (Source: 2000 U.S. Population Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Gordon for boys. Gordon reached its highest rank of #79 in the U.S. in 1930-1939 (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).