When James Gordon was born on 8 August 1860, in Tarves, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, his father, James Gordon, was 21 and his mother, Barbara Scorgie, was 20. He married Mary K Moir in 1880, in Toronto, York, Ontario, Canada. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in York, Ontario, Canada in 1911. He died on 16 April 1944, in Toronto, York, Ontario, Canada, at the age of 83.
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).