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Derived from a Proto-Brythonic term meaning “spacious fort”.


Proper noun[edit]


  1. A village in Berwickshire, Scotland.
  2. A Scottish habitational surname, from Celtic languages for someone from Gordon, Berwickshire.
  3. An English habitational surname, from Anglo-Norman for someone from Gourdon, France.
  4. An Irish habitational surname, from Irish, an anglicization of de Górdún (of Gordon (Berwickshire)).
  5. An Irish patronymic surname, from Irish, an adopted anglicization of Mag Mhuirneacháin (son of Muirneachán) (traditionally Magournahan).
  6. A Jewish habitational surname probably for someone from Grodno, Belarus.
    • 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!"
  7. A male given name transferred from the surname.
    • 1913 Harry Leon Wilson, Bunker Bean (BiblioBazaar, LLC, 2008, →ISBN, 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.
  8. A locale in Australia.
    1. A suburb of Canberra; named for poet Adam Lindsay Gordon.
    2. A suburb of Sydney; probably named for British Army officer James Willoughby Gordon.
    3. A town in Victoria; named for early settler George Gordon.
  9. A locale in the United States.
    1. A city in Georgia; named for railroad official William Washington Gordon.
    2. A city in Nebraska; named for early settler John Gordon.
    3. A city in Texas.
    4. A town in Alabama.
    5. A town in Ashland County, Wisconsin; named for fur trader Antoine Guerdon.
    6. A town in Douglas County, Wisconsin.
    7. A borough of Pennsylvania; named for judge David F. Gordon.
    8. A village in Ohio; named for an early settler.
    9. An unincorporated community in California.
    10. An unincorporated community in Illinois.
    11. An unincorporated community in Kansas.
    12. An unincorporated community in Kentucky.
  10. A river in Tasmania, Australia.
  11. A river in Western Australia, Australia; named for British statesman George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen.

Usage notes[edit]

The given name was popular in the UK in the first half of the 20th century.

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  • According to the 2010 United States Census, Gordon is the 161st most common surname in the United States, belonging to 161,833 individuals. Gordon is most common among White (64.25%) and Black (29.15%) individuals.


Gordon (plural Gordons)

  1. A Gordon setter.


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




From the personal name Gordian (from Latin Gordianus). Alternatively, from an East Slavic word meaning "proud", e.g. Ukrainian гордий (hordyj), Belarusian горды (hórdy), Russian гордый (gordyj).


Proper noun[edit]

Gordon m pers or f

  1. A masculine surname​.
  2. A feminine surname​.


Masculine surname:

The feminine surname is indeclinable.



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

Proper noun[edit]


  1. Gordon (a village in Scotland)