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Gender: M Meaning of Gideon: "hewer; or, having a stump for a hand" Origin of Gideon: Hebrew Gideon's Popularity in 2014: #349

Gideon is an unjustly neglected Old Testament name—which has just recently started to climb— and is an excellent choice for parents looking to move beyond such overused biblicals as Benjamin and Jacob. In the Old Testament, Gideon was a judge called on by God to rescue the Jews from the Midianites, and the name was popular among the Puritans.

Gideon, now finally in the Top 400, was given a spike by the short-lived TV series Gideon's Crossing, and has been heard more recently as a main character in Criminal Minds, as Molly Weasley's brother Gideon Prewett in the Harry Potter series, and as an anti-hero, Gideon Gordon Graves, in the Scott Pilgrim series.

The ubiquitous, in-every-hotel-room Gideon bibles were named because Gideon symbolizes great work done by few people.

Among the celebs who have chosen Gideon for their sons are Neil Patrick Harris and Ziggy Marley.

Famous People Named Gideon

Gideon, Biblical judge
Gideon Yago, American MTV news anchor and writer
Gideon Yu, American businessman and football team owner
Gideon Hausner, Israeli jurist and politician
Gideon Gardner, U.S. Congressman from Massachusetts
Gideon Barstow, U.S. Congressman from Massachusetts
Gideon Welles, 24th U.S. Secretary of the Navy
Gideon Lee, U.S. Congressman from New York; 60th Mayor of New York City
Gideon Coe, British radio personality
Gideon Algernon Mantell, English paleontologist who discovered Iguanadon
Gideon Scott Burtka-Harris, b. 2010, twin son of American actors Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka
Clarence Gideon, criminal defendant whose appeal led to Supreme Court case Gideon v. Wainwright

Pop Culture References for the name Gideon

Gideon Prewett, character in the Harry Potter series; brother to Molly Weasley
Jason Gideon, character on TV's 'Criminal Minds'
Ben Gideon, main character on TV's "Gideon's Crossing"
Gideon Pontipee, character in musical "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers"
Gideon Lightwood, character in Cassandra Clare's Infernal Devices trilogy
Gideon Reader, character in the Shapeshifter series
Gideon, character in "Will Grayson, Will Grayson' by John Green and David Levithan
Gideon Gleeful, antagonist on Disney animated series "Gravity Falls"
Gideon Cahill, ancestor of the Cahill family in the 39 Clues series
Gideon Seymour, character in The Time Travelers/Gideon the Cutpurse
Abel Gideon, character on TV's "Hannibal"
George Gideon of Scotland Yard, character in novels by John Creasey
Gideon, mutant in X-Men comics
Gideon, character on TV's "Charmed"
Gideon, duck in British animated series "Gideon"
Gideon Oliver Dobbs, main character in 1998 film "Gideon"
Gideon Cross aka The Demon Hunter, comics character
Gideon, captain of the guard for King Limhi in the Book of Mormon
Gideon (bibles), mentioned in the Beatles song "Rocky Raccoon"
Gideon Cross, main character in Sylvia Day's Crossfire series

Gideon's International Variations

Gideone (Italian) Gedeon, Hedeon (Russian) Hadeon (Ukrainian) Gidon (Hebrew)