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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 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Gordon. 30% of Gordon men worked as a Farmer and 14% of Gordon women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gordon were Carpenter and Income

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
  • Clerk
  • Income

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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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