When John Gordon was born in 1862, in Bathgate, West Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom, his father, Robert Gordon, was 26 and his mother, Christina Polson, was 23. He married Janet Gray on 23 July 1891, in Canongate, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 4 daughters. He lived in Canongate, Midlothian, Scotland in 1901.
Scottish: habitational name from Gordon in Berwickshire, named with Welsh gor ‘spacious’ + din ‘fort’.
English (of Norman origin): habitational name from Gourdon in Saône-et-Loire, so called from the Gallo-Roman personal name Gordus + the locative suffix -o, -ōnis.
English (of Norman origin): alternatively, said to be a nickname from a diminutive of Old French gourd ‘heavy, dull, sluggish’ (compare 8 below).