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.

Pronunciation[edit]

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)