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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 2013: #370

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Gideon is an unjustly neglected Old Testament name--which has just recently started to climb-- 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 500, 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.

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Famous People Named Gideon

Gideon Yago, American writer and former MTV news anchor
Gideon Hausner, Israeli jurist and politician
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 is a wizard in Harry Potter brother to Molly Weasley
Jason Gideon - FBI profiler on US show 'Criminal Minds'
Gideon Cross
Gideon Pontipee, youngest brother in the 1954 film "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers"
Gideon (bibles), mentioned in the Beatles song "Rocky Raccoon"
Gideon Lightwood, character in Cassandra Clare's Infernal Devices trilogy SCONES
Gideon Reader character in the Shapeshifter series
Gideon -- 'Will Grayson, Will Grayson' by John Green and David Levithan.
Gideon, antagonist is Disney cartoon Gravity Falls
Gideon Cahill, ancestor of the Cahill family in the 39 Clues series
Gideon Seymour -- The Time Travelers/Gideon the Cutpurse
Abel Gideon, a character in TV series "Hannibal"

Gideon's International Variations

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