Gordon

First Name
153k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
162k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Gordon

"Gordon" is a name of English origin, and it means "From Gordon, Scotland". It's a name commonly given to boys.

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As a Scottish surname and clan name, from a place in Berwickshire, of Celtic origin meaning "spacious fort" (cf. dùn). Also an English surname derived from the place name Gourdon in France.

  1. A surname​.
  2. Any of several places, outside Scotland named for persons with the surname.
  3. A male given name transferred from the surname. Popular in the UK in the first half of the 20th century.
  4. A Gordon setter.

Gordon was also found in the following language(s): Scots

Notable Persons Named Gordon

Gordon Ramsay is a chef. Gordon was given the name Gordon James Ramsay on November 8th, 1966 in Johnstone, Renfrewshire, Scotland, UK.

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Sting is a musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actor. His ongoing career started in 1971. Sting was given the name Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner on October 2nd, 1951 in Wallsend, Tyne & Wear, England.

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Gordon Brown is a for Kirkcaldy, Cowdenbeath, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Leader of the Labour Party, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, Shadow Secretary of State for Trade, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Member of Parliamen. Gordon was born on February 20th, 1951 in Giffnock, Scotland, United Kingdom.

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Gordon Hayward is a basketball player for the Utah Jazz in the National Basketball Association. He was most active from 2010 to present. Gordon was born on March 23rd, 1990 in Indianapolis.

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Gordon Lightfoot is a folk, folk rock, country, pop, folk music, and country music musician. He was most active from 1958 to present. Gordon was given the name Gordon Meredith Lightfoot, Jr. on November 17th, 1938 in Orillia, Ontario, Canada.

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Gordon Murray is a television producer and puppeteer. Gordon was born in 1921.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Gordon

Barbara Gordon is a comics character.

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Senior James W. Gordon is a comics character.

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Josh Gordon is a football player. Josh was born on April 13th, 1991 in Houston.

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Flash Gordon is a comics character.

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Kim Gordon is an alternative rock, noise rock, indie rock, experimental rock, art rock, no wave, and post-punk singer-songwriter, record producer, fashion design, and visual arts. She plays Guitar, Bass guitar, Tambourine, Harmonica, and Vocals. She has had major accomplishments since 1981. Kim was given the name Kim Althea Gordon on April 28th, 1953 in Rochester, New York, U.S.

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Eric Gordon is a basketball player for the New Orleans Pelicans and Los Angeles Clippers in the National Basketball Association. His most notable accomplishments were from 2008 to present. Eric was born on December 25th, 1988 in Indianapolis.

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How popular is the baby name Gordon in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 51 0 51
1881 32 0 32
1882 37 0 37
1883 38 0 38
1884 39 0 39
1885 48 0 48
1886 64 0 64
1887 47 0 47
1888 83 0 83
1889 60 0 60
1890 63 0 63
1891 71 0 71
1892 83 0 83
1893 88 5 83
1894 112 0 112
1895 104 0 104
1896 117 0 117
1897 89 0 89
1898 110 0 110
1899 107 0 107
1900 137 0 137
1901 103 0 103
1902 109 0 109
1903 142 0 142
1904 177 0 177
1905 165 0 165
1906 184 0 184
1907 199 0 199
1908 196 0 196
1909 230 0 230
1910 265 0 265
1911 404 0 404 #97 boy name
1912 828 6 822 #93 boy name
1913 1,017 0 1,017 #94 boy name
1914 1,362 7 1,355 #88 boy name
1915 1,736 19 1,717 #90 boy name
1916 1,802 10 1,792 #90 boy name
1917 2,033 14 2,019 #84 boy name
1918 2,256 23 2,233 #85 boy name
1919 2,030 13 2,017 #86 boy name
1920 2,296 18 2,278 #85 boy name
1921 2,400 18 2,382 #84 boy name
1922 2,545 19 2,526 #76 boy name
1923 2,587 10 2,577 #76 boy name
1924 2,734 20 2,714 #75 boy name
1925 2,768 20 2,748 #72 boy name
1926 2,648 19 2,629 #76 boy name
1927 2,703 23 2,680 #75 boy name
1928 2,623 29 2,594 #77 boy name
1929 2,525 31 2,494 #79 boy name
1930 2,634 21 2,613 #77 boy name
1931 2,411 13 2,398 #76 boy name
1932 2,430 23 2,407 #81 boy name
1933 2,536 12 2,524 #71 boy name
1934 2,655 14 2,641 #71 boy name
1935 2,626 13 2,613 #70 boy name
1936 2,578 11 2,567 #75 boy name
1937 2,543 12 2,531 #75 boy name
1938 2,664 6 2,658 #78 boy name
1939 2,520 12 2,508 #82 boy name
1940 2,298 5 2,293 #91 boy name
1941 2,409 7 2,402 #92 boy name
1942 2,615 9 2,606 #92 boy name
1943 2,617 9 2,608 #98 boy name
1944 2,271 0 2,271
1945 2,152 5 2,147
1946 2,421 11 2,410
1947 2,681 11 2,670
1948 2,509 0 2,509
1949 2,545 0 2,545
1950 2,692 0 2,692
1951 2,757 0 2,757
1952 2,833 6 2,827
1953 2,784 5 2,779
1954 2,738 0 2,738
1955 2,559 6 2,553
1956 2,485 7 2,478
1957 2,471 10 2,461
1958 2,221 0 2,221
1959 2,232 20 2,212
1960 2,165 11 2,154
1961 1,993 5 1,988
1962 1,791 9 1,782
1963 2,088 7 2,081
1964 1,781 7 1,774
1965 1,451 5 1,446
1966 1,395 7 1,388
1967 1,123 8 1,115
1968 1,092 0 1,092
1969 1,019 5 1,014
1970 997 5 992
1971 921 6 915
1972 719 0 719
1973 660 0 660
1974 637 6 631
1975 595 10 585
1976 518 0 518
1977 549 0 549
1978 526 9 517
1979 502 0 502
1980 533 0 533
1981 519 0 519
1982 538 0 538
1983 496 0 496
1984 509 5 504
1985 489 0 489
1986 524 7 517
1987 492 0 492
1988 462 0 462
1989 477 6 471
1990 441 0 441
1991 414 0 414
1992 399 0 399
1993 404 0 404
1994 347 0 347
1995 353 0 353
1996 343 0 343
1997 289 0 289
1998 275 0 275
1999 265 0 265
2000 284 0 284
2001 248 0 248
2002 274 0 274
2003 235 0 235
2004 246 0 246
2005 208 0 208
2006 215 0 215
2007 196 0 196
2008 212 0 212
2009 182 0 182
2010 180 0 180
2011 183 0 183
2012 195 0 195
2013 188 0 188
2014 224 0 224
2015 278 0 278
2016 218 0 218

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Popularity of Gordon as a first name

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Popularity of Gordon as a last name

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Common last names for Gordon

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Anderson
  • Miller
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Davis
  • Wilson
  • Nelson
  • Taylor
  • Peterson
  • Thompson
  • Thomas
  • Bennett
  • Hall
  • White
  • Allen
  • Moore

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Gordon U.S.
  White 64.25% 64.26%
  African American 29.15% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.62% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.68% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.26% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.04% 16.26%

Of Last Name Gordon

People with the last name Gordon are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Gordon

  • How Popular is the name Gordon? Gordon is the 470th most popular name of all time. As a last name Gordon was the 161st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Gordon have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 153,391 babies born with the first name Gordon in the United States. That's more than enough people named Gordon to occupy the country of Cura with an estimated population of 149,679 (as of March 26, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Gordon? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 51 new born babies.
  • When was Gordon first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Gordon is Tuesday, September 17th, 1861.
  • What year had the most people named Gordon born? The highest recorded use of the first name Gordon was in 1952 with a total of 2,827 babies. That's a lot of babies named Gordon!
  • Random Gordon Factoid: According to the 1915 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Gordon ranks 99th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Nebraska. Imagine that, 23 babies in Nebraska have the same name as you in 1915.
  • Weird things about the name Gordon: Your name in reverse order is Nodrog. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rogdon. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Gordon? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 161,833 people with the last name Gordon.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Gordon? Gordon was ranked as the 161st most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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