Gordon (name)

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Gordon
Family name
Region of origin Scotland, England, Ireland
Related names de Górdún; Gordon (given name); Gurden[1]
Clan affiliations Clan Gordon

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

Origin of the surname[edit]

The Scottish surname Gordon may be derived from several locations.[2] One possibility is from Gordon, in Berwickshire. 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[edit]

List of nobility with the name Gordon[edit]

  • Duke of Gordon, created once in the Peerage of Scotland, and again in the Peerage of the United Kingdom


Dukes of Aubigny

Earls and Marquesses of Huntly

Earls and Marquesses of Aberdeen

Earls of Aboyne

Viscounts of Kenmure

Descent of titles during attainder:

  • Robert Gordon, 7th Viscount of Kenmure (1714-1741)
  • John Gordon, 8th Viscount of Kenmure (1713-1769)
  • William Gordon, 9th Viscount of Kenmure (c. 1748-1772)

Viscount of Melgum

  • John Gordon, 1st Viscount of Melgum (d. 1630)

Viscount Gordon

Spanish Gordons

Fictional characters[edit]

References[edit]

  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, 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 Learn about the family history of your surname, Ancestry.com, 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, 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, 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.