The name Gideon is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "hewer; or, having a stump for a hand". Gideon is ranked #308 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Your Six Kids - Take Three, Leave Three".
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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