Last name origins & meanings:
- 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, -ōnis.
- Irish: adopted as an English equivalent of Gaelic Mag
Mhuirneacháin, a patronymic from the personal name
Muirneachán, a diminutive of muirneach
- 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).
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