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Gordon Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from a place in Berwickshire (Borders), named with Welsh gor ‘spacious’ + din ‘fort’. English (of Norman origin) and French: habitational name from Gourdon in Saône-et-Loire, so called from the Gallo-Roman personal name Gordus + the locative suffix -o, -onis. Irish: adopted as an English equivalent of Gaelic Mag Mhuirneacháin, a patronymic from the personal name Muirneachán, a diminutive of muirneach ‘beloved’. Jewish (from Lithuania): probably a habitational name from the Belorussian city of Grodno. It goes back at least to 1657. Various suggestions, more or less fanciful, have been put forward as to its origin. There is a family tradition among some bearers that they are descended from a son of a Duke of Gordon, who converted to Judaism in the 18th century, but the Jewish surname was in existence long before the 18th century; others claim descent from earlier Scottish converts, but this is implausible. Spanish and Galician Gordón, and Basque: habitational name from a place called Gordon (Basque) or Gordón (Spanish, Galician), of which there are examples in Salamanca, Galicia, and Basque Country. Spanish: possibly in some instances from an augmentative of the nickname Gordo (see Gordillo).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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

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Gordon Family Origin

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Gordon Family Occupations

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In 1881, Farmer, Labourer and Annuitant were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gordon. A less common occupation for the Gordon family was Coal Miner. The most common Gordon occupation in the UK was Farmer. 5% of Gordon's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Annuitant

  • Coal Miner


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Passenger List

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Gordon Life Expectancy

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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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