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Gender: Male Meaning of Gordon: "great hill" Origin of Gordon: Scottish Gordon's Popularity in 2017: #818

The name Gordon is a boy's name of Scottish origin meaning "great hill". Gordon is ranked #818 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Vintage Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Sibsets You Know".

From the experts:

As this long-term Age of Jordans, both male and female, begins to wind down, the neglected Scottish favorite Gordon, with its more distinguished history, could come back as a distinctive alternative. Gordon is one of the most classic authentically Scottish names for boys.

Originally a surname, it was used in honor of nineteenth century general Charles George Gordon, killed defending the city of Khartoum. Conservative but not stodgy, Gordon was a Top 100 name from 1911 to 1943 and is showing some new signs of life. It fell off the charts in 2009 and reentered in 2014.

A contemporary political headliner is former Prime Minister Gordon Brown (born James Gordon), and other distinguished bearers of the name have been photographer and film director Parks, Scottish celebrity chef Ramsay, and the beloved "Sesame Street" character Gordon Robinson. We won't even mention that symbol of corporate greed from the 80's movie Wall Street.

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Famous People Named Gordon

Gordon Haddon Clark, American philosopher
(James) Gordon Brown, British Prime Minister
(Leroy) Gordon Cooper, Jr., American astronaut
Gordon Muir Campbell, Canadian politician
Gordon Edgar "Gord" Downie, Canadian singer/songwriter
Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner aka Sting, English singer-songwriter
Gordon Rupert Dickson, American-Canadian novelist
Gordon Gould, American physicist
Gordon Bitner Hinckley, American Mormon leader
Gordon "Gordie" Howe, Canadian ice hockey player
Gordon Hill Jenkins, American arranger and composer
Gordon Meredith Lightfoot, Canadian singer-songwriter
(Albert) Gordon MacRae, American actor/singer
Gordon James Ramsay, Scottish restaurateur & TV personality
Gordon David Strachan, Scottish football manager
George Gordon Byron, Lord Byron, English Romantic poet
Michael Gordon Clifford, Australian guitarist in "5 Seconds of Summer"
Gordon Korman, Canadian-American author

Pop Culture References for the name Gordon

Gordon Deitrich, character in "V for Vendetta"
Gordon Gekko, main character in "Wall Street" series
Gordon Shumway, character on "Alf"
Gordon Freeman, main character on "Half-Life" series
David "Gordo" Gordon, character on TV's "Lizzie McGuire"
Gordon, train from animated series "Thomas & Friends"
Gordon Robinson, character on TV's "Sesame Street"
Gordon Smallwood, character the movie "The Mothman Prophecies"
Gordon Cahill, character on TV's "Walker, Texas Ranger"
Gordon Cooper Tracy, character from The Thunderbirds series (TV show [1965-66], movie [2004], and TV show remake [2015-]), he was the fourth oldest Tracy son

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xhart Says:


I remember knowing a Gordon as a kid and I didn't like it then and I still don't now. It's too close to gordo, which means fat in Spanish. Not attractive at all.

Ziggy2112 Says:


Quintessentially Canadian to me. Gord Downie, Gordon Lightfoot, two Gord Sinclairs, Gordie Howe. It's on my list. Deserves to be more popular in my opinion, but I do like that it's uncommon but familiar.

JessicaRK467 Says:


I really like Gordon.

kwaverlymills Says:


This is my Dad's name and I love it. It can be a very strong name- but also the name of the life of the party "Gordo" my dad can be described as both. And he is interchangeably called Gordon and Gordo!

lesliemarion Says:


Deserves to be far more in use. A conservative classic that is still fresh.