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Quick Facts on Gordon

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • French, Scottish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • N/A
Simple meaning:
Large fort (or weir)

Characteristics of Gordon

  • Independent
  • Individualistic
  • Ambitious
  • Strong-willed
  • Inventive
  • Successful

Etymology & Historical Origin - Gordon

Gordon is the transferred use of a surname into a masculine personal name, and one with both Scottish and Anglo-Norman origins.  From the Scottish perspective, the surname comes from the Old Gaelic elements “gor” meaning “spacious, large” and “dun” meaning "fort" which would have described a “large fortress”-like settlement (an example of a surname created from a place name – i.e., where a man hailed from originally – as a form of identification).  The alternate meaning originated with the Norman-French, from a place name in France, likely derived from “Gordus” – an ancient Gallo-Roman masculine name probably from the Latin “gurgitem” meaning “weir” (a low dam or barrier built across a river usually for the purpose of trapping fish). This word is also believed to be connected to the Anglo-French “gorge” meaning a “stream of water.”  In both cases, the surnames Gordon, Gorden, Gordun and Gourdon were taken from place names. Usage of Gordon as a forename is largely owned to a British military leader, Charles George Gordon (1833-1885), who was killed while suppressing a Muslim revolt in the Sudan (back at home, Gordon was hailed as a Christian hero who died for his country).

Popularity of the Name Gordon

Usage of the name Gordon dates back to the 19th century in the United States (which is as far back as we have available data) and was actually quite popular by the turn of the 20th century.  The name’s heyday was mostly enjoyed during the 19-teens, 20s and 30s when Gordon was a consistent Top 100 favorite (1935 was his best year ever at #70 on the charts).   From there the name slowly dropped from fashionable usage and by the 1970s, his descent became more pronounced.  2008 marks the last year we find old Gordon on America’s Top 1000 list – which basically means he’s off the radar. To put this in perspective, only 188 baby boys were called Gordon in 2013 putting this name on par with the likes of Howard and Sheldon.  Ok, so maybe Gordon is a little crusty, but this name is definitely dignified and very British-sounding (Gordon, Simon, Nigel – they sound like they should be brothers running around the English countryside).  
Popularity of the Boy Name Gordon
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Gordon

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Gordon

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Gordon

    Gordon Lachance (The Body) Gordon Lachance is the narrator and central character in Stephen King’s 1982 novella, The Body, and its 1986 film adaptation, Stand By Me. Gordon is a small town twelve-year-old boy in 1960 who embarks upon a life-changing adventure with his buddies. He and his friends are all products of – at best – indifferent parents – at worst – abusive ones. Hearing their older brothers talk about finding the dead body of a missing boy, the “gang” sets out to find the body themselves. The ensuing journey results in a harrowing rite of passage to the beginnings of maturity and initiation into adulthood. Gordon is the one among them with the sensitive side; it is he who looks back on the events many years later and relates them. Gordon is every bit the insecure pre-adolescent boy that they are, however, there is something in his soul that also allows him to see the beauty of a foraging doe in the early morning light. It is that shard of his soul that proves to be his salvation and allows him to rise above his sordid surroundings, while his poor companions fall victim to them.

  • Popular Songs on Gordon

    Popular Songs on Gordon

    Gordon - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Gordon.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Gordon

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Gordon

    Gordon & Li Li Count in Mandarin (Michele Wong McSween) - From the Mandarin for Kids Series. Gordon & Li Li love to count. In the third Gordon & Li Li board book, they count everything around them and teach each other numbers in English and Mandarin. Kids read along with Gordon & Li Li as they find so many things to count in each other's language. Each page focuses on a new number with an engaging original illustration. Learning to count in Mandarin is simplified for readers with every page written in English and pinyin - along with the Chinese character and the phonetic pronunciation to say the number in Mandarin. Count along with Gordon & Li Li! Recommended for ages 2 and up.

    Gordon's New View (Thomas & Friends) (W. Reverend Awdry) - GORDON IS RARELY willing to help out the other engines when they're busy with work. He feels that he is above it all. Ultimately, Gordon learns a very important lesson - when he least expects it, and in a very interesting way. Recommended for ages 3-7.

  • Famous People Named Gordon

    Famous People Named Gordon

    Famous People Named Gordon - Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner (aka "Sting" musician); Gordon Lightfoot (American folk singer); Gordon Ramsay (famous chef); Gordon Parks (African-American photographer); James Gordon Brown (PM of Britian); Gordon B. Hinckley (Mormon religious leader); Gordon Strachan (Scottish football manager); Gordon Campbell (Canadian politician); Gordon Jenkins (music composer); Gordon R. Dickson (sci-fi author); Gordon Beckham (baseball player)

  • Children of Famous People Named Gordon

    Children of Famous People Named Gordon

    Famous People Who Named Son Gordon - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Gordon.

  • Historic Figures

    Gordon - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Boy Name Gordon

The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged.  They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.

Variations of the Baby Name - Gordon

  • No Variations Found.
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