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Origin, Meaning, And History of Gideon

Gideon is a name and surname derived from the Hebrew word ‘Gid’on,’ which means ‘feller’ or ‘hewer’ or ‘great warrior.’ It also refers to ‘one who has a stump in place of a hand,’ signifying the image of a destroyer.

Gideon was also referred to as Jerubbaal and Jerubbesheth, a military leader, judge, and prophet whose victory is recounted in the Book of Judges in the Hebrew Bible. Gideon was renowned for being chosen by God as a hero to save the Israelites from Midianite oppression. He led a small force of 300 people and gained a victory against a battalion of 1000 soldiers, which is still recounted in the current history. It gained popularity during the 16th century when names derived from the Old Testament were common. Gideon is often seen as a symbol of courage and faith in God.

Some alternate spellings of this name include Gideone, Guideon, and Gidieon, while Gid, Giddy, Deon, and Giddie can be used as nicknames for Gideon.

When it comes to fiction, there is Gideon Graves from the graphic novel series ‘Scott Pilgrim’ by Canadian author and comic book artist Bryan Lee O’Malley. He is one of the seven evil ex-boyfriends of Ramona Flowers, the love interest of the protagonist Scott.

Gideon is the name of the fictional character in the American television series ‘Charmed.’ Gideon is the name of the 1998 American romantic, tragic film starring Christopher Lambert. Jason Gideon is a fictional character who is a Senior Supervisory Special Agent of the FBI in the crime-drama television show ‘Criminal Minds.’ Finally, Moff Gideon is a fictional character and the leader of the fallen Galactic Empire, who is the antagonist in the Star Wars television series ‘The Mandalorian.’


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Gideon is a Biblical male name of Hebrew origins. It means He that Bruises or Breaks, a Destroyer.
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Famous People With The Name Gideon

  • Louan GideonAmerican actress best known for her role as antagonist Danielle Atron on Nickelodeon’s The Secret World of Alex Mack.
  • Elmo GideonAmerican artist known for the Gideon Holocaust Collection
  • Gideon ArielFormer Olympic shot put player from Israel
  • Gideon MantellEnglish geologist known for discovering the first fossil teeth.
  • Gideon EmeryEnglish actor and musician

Gideon On The Popularity Chart

More babies today are being named Gideon than in the 1980s. Here are some graphs to give a better understanding of the name’s growth over time.

Popularity Over Time

Gideon was not a popular name in the 80s with only 83 newborns being named Gideon in 1980. However, from the early 2000s the name’s popularity rose, reaching its peak of 1160 babies per million in 2017.

Source: Social Security Administration

Rank Over Time

Gideon’s popularity in terms of ranking has declined over the years and is currently the 12117th most popular girl’s name. Take a look at the graph below.

Source: Social Security Administration

Names With Similar Sound As Gideon

Do you find the sound of Gideon alluring? Here are some similar-sounding names that you may consider.

Names With Similar Meaning As Gideon

If you want to assign a name that means ‘warrior,’ here are some options to consider.

Name Numerology For Gideon

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