Gender: Male Meaning of Gordon: "great hill" Origin of Gordon: Scottish Gordon's Popularity in 2019: #837

Gordon Origin and Meaning

The name Gordon is a boy's name of Scottish origin meaning "great hill".

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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Rank in US: #837

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CRJ Says:


This is going to be my first grandchild's name. Expecting the bairn in August.

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.