This given name originates from the Scottish surname Gordon. The origin of this surname is debated. While it is considered to be derived from a place name, it is not certain that the place name of Gordon, in Berwickshire, Scotland is the origin of the surname. Berwickshire was once the home of Clan Gordon, and the earliest member of the family on record is Richer de Gordun, who was lord of the barony of Gordon in the mid 12th century. The given name is thought to have been used in honor of Major-General Charles George Gordon (1833–1885), who was killed at Khartoum.