Gordon (name)

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Gordon
Family name
Related namesde Górdún; Gordon (given name); Gurden[1]
Clan affiliationsClan Gordon
 
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Gordon
Family name
Related namesde Górdún; Gordon (given name); Gurden[1]
Clan affiliationsClan Gordon

Gordon is a surname with numerous different origins. The masculine given name Gordon is derived from the surname.

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Origin of the surname

The Scottish surname Gordon may be derived from several locations.[2] One possibility is from Gordon, in Berwickshire. This placename is derived from the Welsh language elements gor, meaning "spacious"; and din, meaning "fort".[3] Another possibility is from a similarly named place in Normandy.[2] The English surname Gordon is derived from the placename of Gourdon, in Saône-et-Loire, France. This location is derived from the Gallo-Roman personal name Gordus. In Ireland, the surname Gordon is of several different origins. One origin of the surname is from the Scottish surname, which spread into Ireland in the 17th century during the plantation era; in the Irish language this name is spelt de Górdún. Also, the surname Gordon is an Anglicised form of the Irish language Mag Mhuirneacháin, which is a patronymic form of the personal name Muirneachán. This personal name is derived from the Irish language word muirneach, meaning "beloved".[3] Another origin of the Irish name Gordon is as an Anglicised form of the Irish language surname Mórbhoirneach.[4]

Gordon (Hebrew: גורדוןRussian: Гордон) is also a Jewish surname, likely derived from the city of Grodno, in Belarus.[3]

The Spanish, and Galician surname Gordón is derived from places like-named in the Spanish and Galician languages. The Basque language Gordon is also derived from a like-named placename. Another origin for the Spanish surname is from the nickname Gordo,[3] which is derived from the Spanish language word gordo, meaning "fat".[5]

List of people with the surname

List of nobility with the name Gordon

Fictional characters

References

  1. ^ Reaney, Percy Hilde (2006), Wilson, Richard Middlewood, ed., A Dictionary of First Names, Routledge, p. 1378, ISBN 0-203-99355-1
  2. ^ a b Learn about the family history of your surname, Ancestry.com, http://www.ancestry.com/learn/facts/default.aspx, retrieved 22 May 2010. The webpage cited the following book for the given name "Gordon": A Dictionary of First Names. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-280050-7.
  3. ^ a b c d Learn about the family history of your surname, Ancestry.com, http://www.ancestry.com/learn/facts/default.aspx, retrieved 22 May 2010. The webpage cited the following book for the surname "Gordon": Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-508137-4.
  4. ^ Surname Search, Irishtimes.com, http://www.irishtimes.com/ancestor/surname/index.cfm?, retrieved 22 May 2010. The webpage cited the following book for the surname "Gordon": Ó Droighneáin, M.; Ó Murchú, M.A. (1991). An Sloinnteoir Gaeilge & an tAinmneoir. Baile Atha Cliath.
  5. ^ Learn about the family history of your surname, Ancestry.com, http://www.ancestry.com/learn/facts/default.aspx, retrieved 22 May 2010. The webpage cited the following book for the surname "Gordillo": Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-508137-4.