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Origins of the Gordon surname

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What does the name Gordon mean?

Gordon is a Scottish and English surname. It has a number of origins. It may refer to locations named Gordon in Berwickshire, Scotland and Normandy and be a name given to their denizens. Sometimes it was used as a Romany name for those folk in the border between England and Scotland who feared persecution and chose to blend in for protection, assuming this name.

Alternative variations of the name Gordon

Gordon, Gordone, Gordun, Gorton, Gerdon

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Where do most Gordons live?

In 1921, most Gordons lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Gordons

How common is your surname?

197th most common surname in the UK

We have 161,000 records for the Gordon surname. The oldest one dates back to 1100.

Who were Gordons most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Gordon first names?

  • John
  • James
  • Mary
  • Margaret

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Common jobs for Gordons

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Gordons in 1921


Domestic Servant


Living On Own Means






Common Male occupations for Gordons in 1921




Coal Miner


Farm Servant


General Labourer


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