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Quick Facts on Gideon

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Hebrew
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 370
Simple meaning:
He who cuts down

Characteristics of Gideon

  • Multi-talented
  • Intuitive
  • Oneness
  • Idealistic
  • Philanthropy
  • Independent
  • Perfection

Etymology & Historical Origin - Gideon

Gideon is a Hebrew name from the Bible and means ‘he who cuts down’. The Hebrew “Gid’on” is also said to mean ‘mighty warrior, destroyer’. Like most Biblical characters, Gideon’s name is apropos for his particular story in the Bible (Judges 6-8). Gideon is one of the Major Judges (like Deborah and Samson) in the Book of Judges – he lived during a period of Israeli history when the people were decentralized and neglecting their God. As punishment, God brings about an onslaught of foreign oppression and so the Israelites repent and beg to be saved. Enter the Judges. This was pre-monarchy, and the judges were more representative of a president rather than a king. It was the job of the judge to lead and command the military and government in times of crisis. Gideon is the Judge selected to deliver the Israelis from the oppressive power of the Midianites and at first, Gideon resists this appointment fearing himself too weak and wimpy. But with all of God’s signs, assurances, instructions and help, Gideon does as he is told. The first order of business has to do with Gideon destroying (or ‘cutting down’) an alter to Baal, a pagan storm god, which greatly upsets the residents of his hometown. Next, Gideon assembles 300 men who surround the enemy camp. All the men do is reveal their fire-torches and blow their trumpets on queue and the Midianites flee in fear. Gideon’s men never even have to show their swords. Quite the mighty victory, indeed. Gideon has been a name used among Jewish people, but the Puritans also adopted Gideon at the time of the 16th century Protestant Reformation.

Popularity of the Name Gideon

Given the name’s importance among Puritans, we suspect that Gideon has been around in America since the time of colonization. However, the U.S. government has only been tracking name data since the late 19th century. We can see that Gideon was modestly popular in the late 1800s, but by the turn of the 20th century, this was a name that fell out of favor and retreated into obscurity. He remained off the charts for just about 100 long years. Finally in the 21st century Gideon reappeared on the American male naming charts in the year 2000. Why the sudden reappearance? We believe this has something to do with a naming trend that seems to be favoring some of these lesser-known Biblical characters. Ethan, Caleb, and Elijah are other examples of such Biblical names. Gideon has not ascended the charts as high as these other names, but he has managed to climb over 500 positions to levels of respectable moderation. Gideon remains a non-trendy, original choice. It’s a handsome name and probably still most popular among Jewish people and Christian nonconformists.
Popularity of the Boy Name Gideon
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Gideon

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Gideon

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Gideon

    Gideon We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Gideon.

  • Popular Songs on Gideon

    Popular Songs on Gideon

    Gideon - a song by My Morning Jacket

    Gideon - a song by Trouble

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Gideon

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Gideon

    Gideon (Francesca Greco) - Gideon is a chameleon who is bothered that no one notices him because he changes colors to match his background. But because he changes colors, he is able to go undetected when he spots danger coming. He becomes an unsung hero when he saves the forest animals from a hungry tiger without them even knowing he was there. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Gideon (Olivier Dunrea) - Meet Gideon, the newest addition to Olivier Dunrea’s gaggle of adorable goslings! Gideon likes to splash with the ducklings, hop with the frogs, play chase-the-piglets, and scamper all over the farmyard. But one thing busy Gideon does not want to do is take his nap, no matter how many times his mother asks…until he gets tired, of course. Another darling gosling makes his debut in this spunky story, with Olivier Dunrea’s perfectly pitched storytelling and illustrations that Gossie & Friends fans have come to cherish. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Gideon and Otto (Olivier Dunrea) - Otto is an octopus, and he’s Gideon’s favorite friend! Gideon has a favorite friend, his toy octopus. He brings Otto with him everywhere. But one day Otto doesn’t stay right where Gideon put him...In this second book about Gideon, we learn more about his sidekick, Otto, and their important bond. Another charming romp with the latest irrepressible, adorable gosling in the bunch! Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Gideon's Dream: A Tale of New Beginnings (Ken & Maddy Dychtwald and Grace Zaboski) - Gideon goes to work high up in the trees, day in and day out. But one day something remarkable happens—the leaf he is working on breaks free of the tree, taking Gideon on its flight. At first Gideon is terrified, but as he glides gracefully through the air, his fear turns into sheer joy. What a rush it is to fly! After he lands, Gideon just can't get the experience out of his head. He dreams of once again soaring through the air and feeling so free. Will Gideon's dreams of flying ever come true, or is it just too late? Written by some of America's most visionary thinkers, Gideon's Dream is the story of one remarkable transformation. This inspirational tale shows that growth and change are forever a part of life and that it's never too late to follow your dreams. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Gideon: Soldier of God (Carine Mackenzie) - The story of Gideon retold from the Bible (from the book of Judges 6-8). Illustrated by Duncan Maclaren. The Bibletime series by Carine Mackenzie have been praised for their accurate retelling of great Bible stories. This timeless collection has been printed in many languages throughout the world and sold in their millions. They can be read over and over again. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Hurray for the Lord's Army! (Mary Manz Simon) - "This book tells the story of Gideon and his army. (Judges 6:11-7:22) Hear Me Read Level 2 builds reading confidence for more advanced readers. Humor, repetition, and colorful illustrations help bring Bible stories to life." Recommended for ages 6-8.

    The Gideon Trilogy Book I: The Time Travelers (Linda Buckley-Archer) - 1763. Gideon Seymour, thief and gentleman, hides from the villainous Tar Man. Suddenly the sky peels away like fabric and from the gaping hole fall two curious-looking children. Peter Schock and Kate Dyer have fallen straight from the twenty-first century, thanks to an experiment with an antigravity machine. Before Gideon and the children have a chance to gather their wits, the Tar Man takes off with the machine -- and Peter and Kate's only chance of getting home. Soon Gideon, Peter, and Kate are swept into a journey through eighteenth-century London and form a bond that, they hope, will stand strong in the face of unfathomable treachery. Recommended for ages 10-14.

    The Gideon Trilogy Book II: The Time Thief (Linda Buckley-Archer) - What happens when a seventeenth-century bad guy has twenty-first-century technology? An accident with an antigravity machine catapulted Peter Schock and Kate Dyer back to 1763. A bungled rescue attempt leaves Peter stranded in the eighteenth century while a terrifying villain, the Tar Man, takes his place and explodes onto twenty-first-century London. Concerned about the potentially catastrophic effects of time travel, the NASA scientists responsible for the situation question whether it is right to rescue Peter. Kate decides to take matters into her own hands, but things don't go as planned. Soon the physical effects of time travel begin to have a disturbing effect on her. Meanwhile, in our century, the Tar Man wreaks havoc in a city whose police force is powerless to stop him. Set against a backdrop of contemporary London and revolutionary France, The Time Thief is the sequel to the acclaimed The Time Travelers. Recommended for ages 10-14.

    The Gideon Trilogy Book III: The Time Quake (Linda Buckley-Archer) - Time itself is splintering. Abducted to 1763, Peter Schock and Kate Dyer begin to understand that history has reached a tipping point. The antigravity machine is in the hands of the cruel and ambitious Lord Luxon, who plans to thwart the American Revolution for his own advantage. But the consequences of time travel are catastrophic, and terrible time quakes begin to sweep through all of history, threatening to tear the universe apart. Add the startling revelation that the fates of Peter, Kate, Gideon—and the universe—lie in the hands of The Tar Man, and you have a rousing historical adventure that will have readers of all ages on the edge of their seats. Recommended for ages 10-14.

    The Sword of Gideon (James Somers) - Kindle edition. The 3rd and final book in The Realm Shift Trilogy, Gideon has agreed to hunt down and kill Ethan in order to save the life of his child. Meanwhile The Order of Shaddai faces a threat unlike any it has ever known, and Wayland's King Stephen, defeated already at Emmanuel City, must hold fast against Mordred's army of giants coming to invade Wayland. The prophecy of Shaddai waits to be fulfilled, but will Ethan be successful? Is he even the one to fulfill it? Recommended for ages 13+

  • Famous People Named Gideon

    Famous People Named Gideon

    Famous People Named Gideon - Gideon Gartner (entreprenuer/philanthropist); Gideon Mantell (geologist); Gideon Kliger (Israeli Olympic sailor)

  • Children of Famous People Named Gideon

    Children of Famous People Named Gideon

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Gideon - Neil Patrick Harris (actor); Ziggy Marley (musician); Mandy Patinkin (actor)

  • Historic Figures

    Gideon - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Gideon - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Gideon.

Personality of the Boy Name Gideon

The number Nine personality represents the completion or ending of the cycle, and a need for perfection. This is the personality that moves from "self" to a greater understanding and compassion for the human condition and the world order. They want to make the world a better place. Nines are capable of great spiritual and humanitarian achievements. They are courageous and fearless, able to fight great battles on behalf of worthy causes. These personalities will not tolerate injustice. They are compassionate people with a strong sensitivity to others. They are able to both educate and inspire. Friendships and relationships are the lifeblood to the Nine, and they place a high value on love and affection. Nines are often exceptionally gifted artistically, and they have a keen imagination and enterprising mind.

Variations of the Baby Name - Gideon

  • No Variations Found.
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