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Gordon Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from Gordon in Berwickshire named with Welsh gor ‘spacious’ + din ‘fort’. English (of Norman origin): habitational name from Gourdon in Saône-et-Loire so called from the Gallo-Roman personal name Gordus + the locative suffix -o -ōnis. English (of Norman origin): alternatively said to be a nickname from a diminutive of Old French gourd ‘heavy dull sluggish’ (compare 8 below). Irish: adopted as an English equivalent of Gaelic Mag Mhuirneacháin see Gordan . Jewish (from Lithuania): probably a habitational name from the Belorussian city of Grodno. Spanish and Galician (Gordón); Basque: habitational name from a place called Gordón (Spanish Galician) or Gordon (Basque) of which there are examples in Salamanca Galicia and Basque Country.7: Spanish: possibly in some instances from an augmentative of the nickname Gordo (see Gordillo ).8: French: of Scottish origin (see 1 above) or a variant of Gourdon (and in North America perhaps also an altered form of this) a nickname derived from Old French gourd ‘heavy dull sluggish’ (see Gourd compare 3 above).9: Americanized form of French Godin .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Cordon, Norden, Bordon, Gorton, Gardon, Moron, Garzon, Jordan

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You can see how Gordon families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gordon family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gordon families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 1,757 Gordon families living in London. This was about 21% of all the recorded Gordon's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Gordon families in 1891.
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What did your Gordon ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Gordon. 8% of Gordon men worked as a General Labourer and 64% of Gordon women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gordon were Medical Practitioner and Housewife. .

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Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
    8%
  • Builders Labourer
    4%
  • Retired
    3%
  • Medical Practitioner
    2%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    64%
  • Private Means
    4%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Housewife
    2%
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Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Gordon life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Gordon in 1941 was 42, and 75 in 2004.

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