Gordon

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

As a Scottish surname and clan name, from a place in Berwickshire, of Celtic origin meaning "spacious fort". Also an English surname derived from the place name Gourdon in France.

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Proper noun[edit]

Gordon

  1. A surname​.
    • 1822 Walter Scott, Poetical Works: Halidon Hill, Baudry's European Library, 1838, page 420
      Mount, vassals, couch your lances, and cry, "Gordon!
      Gordon for Scotland and Elizabeth!"
  2. Any of several places, outside Scotland named for persons with the surname.
  3. A male given name transferred from the surname. Popular in the UK in the first half of the 20th century.
    • 1913 Harry Leon Wilson, Bunker Bean, BiblioBazaar, LLC, 2008, ISBN 0554347148, page 13
      Often he wrote good ones on casual slips and fancied them his; names like Trevellyan or Montressor or Delancey, with musical prefixes; or a good, short, beautiful, but dignified name like "Gordon Dane". He liked that one. It suggested something.

References[edit]

  • Reaney & Wilson: A Dictionary of English Surnames, OUP 1997
  • Gordon’ in Behind the Name, Mike Campbell, 1996.

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Scots[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Early Scots Gordoun, from Old English gor-dūn (mud hill).

Proper noun[edit]

Gordon

  1. Gordon (Scottish Borders)