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Gender: Male Meaning of Gideon: "hewer; or, having a stump for a hand" Origin of Gideon: Hebrew Gideon's Popularity in 2017: #304

The name Gideon is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "hewer; or, having a stump for a hand". Gideon is ranked #304 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Best name or combo from previous poster's signature!".

From the experts:

Gideon is an unjustly neglected Old Testament name 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 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, Biblical judge
Gideon Emery, British actor
Gideon Yago, American MTV news anchor and writer
Gideon Lee Yu, American businessman and football team owner
Gideon Hausner, Israeli jurist and politician
Gideon Ariel, Israeli biomechanic and athlete
Gideon Levy, Israeli journalist and author
Gideon Baah, Ghanaian footballer
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 Babe Ruth Howard, son of actors Debra Winger and Arliss Howard
Gideon Scott Burtka-Harris (b. 2010), son of actors Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka; twin of sister Harper Grace
Clarence Gideon, criminal defendant whose appeal led to Supreme Court case Gideon v. Wainwright
Gideon Martyn Forsyth (b. 2018), son of Joy-Anna (Duggar) and Austin Forsyth from "Counting On"

Pop Culture References for the name Gideon

Gideon Prewett, character in the Harry Potter series; brother to Molly Weasley
Gideon Pontipee, character in musical "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers"
Gideon Lightwood, character in Cassandra Clare's "The 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, character on Disney's 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
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 Cross, main character in Sylvia Day's Crossfire series
Gideon, female AI on TV's "The Flash" and "Legends of Tomorrow"
Gideon Gray, character in Disney's "Zootopia"
Gideon de Villiers, character in the German Ruby Red novel trilogy by Kerstin Gier
Gideon Reeves, character on TV's "APB"
Jason Gideon, character on TV's 'Criminal Minds'
Ben Gideon, main character on TV's "Gideon's Crossing"
Abel Gideon, character on TV's "Hannibal"
George Gideon of Scotland Yard, character in novels by John Creasey
Gideon (bibles), mentioned in the Beatles song "Rocky Raccoon"
Gideon Altaire, character in James Gurney's series "Dinotopia"

Gideon's International Variations

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