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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Gideon
This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Gideon in the U.S. since 1880.
A few facts about the boy's name Gideon:
Records indicate that 5,698 boys in the United States have been named Gideon since 1880.
The greatest number of people were given this name in 2012, when 754 people in the U.S. were given the name Gideon. Those people are now 4 years old.
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Comments about the name Gideon
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13 Positive Comments
"According to this data, my DAUGHTER (b. april 2013) is literally the first and only FEMALE named Gideon in America. -Debkitmac" Dec. 2, 2014:
"i named my middle son gideon in 1990 and i still think it is an amazing name, and so does he!" Jan. 13, 2013:
"I Love the name Gideon its my nephews name and he rocks. I cant picture him with any other name." Dec. 15, 2010:
"Great name. Our two-year-old is named Gideon. People comment on how they like it all the time. We love it partially because all the great things we get to call him just for fun: Gideon, Gidge-o, Gidge-un, Schmidge-un, Schmidge-o, Gidge, or we'll mix and match. Of course, I'm sure he'll just be Gideon when he gets older." Nov. 9, 2010:
"Yes I am a Gideon and VERY PROUD of it (commonly called Deon) I inherited it form my grand pa (whom died before I was born) and I have two other names....all bible names. Not so sure why all of grand-paıs names. However....to all the Gideonıs out there....youıre all called of God...Stand TALL." Mar. 28, 2010:
"My son is 3, and my family and friends hated my choice, and although my Wife was reluctant, she agreed to the name. It's very uncommon in the states, and I always liked it as he Gideon saved the Israelite people from the Midianites in the Bible. I think it's a proud name, and strong, and in this day and age, it's VERY popular for female babies to get men names, so I wanted something that was unique, but strong enough that he would never meet a female with his name.
My family and friends all love the name now, it's funny how that goes. Everyone seems to love and feel good with common names.
I have a few other names I've chosen for future offspring, but I'll cross that road in the future.
I recently was honored, as I got to name my best friend and his wife's child. I gave them one of my reserve names...GRAYSON. I still have two left though. :P" Nov. 1, 2009:
"My name is Gideon! I'm rather childish but dependable. I have high social skills and very talented. My family calls me "Gidz" but I rather be called Gideon. Although I like being called Gidz rather than "Ron" coz my first name is Ronald. Be proud Gideons!" May. 5, 2009:
"Its a pretty normal name to run into in South Africa. Tends to travel down family trees. My whole moms side of family are a bunch of Gideons dating back to the 1700s. Gideon is often said to me "the destroyer" but it all relates back to the days of the bible. I rather like to think of it as one who was called to special service by God. Most people call me Deon however, as my grandfather was.
I used to dislike the name as it seemed "formal" and longer or more traditional than most of my friends being marks or gary or joe. But I have grown into it and it takes some wide shoulders and firm feet to carry a name like Gideon. I suppose we grow into the role out of a called necesity. Now Im quite cool with it. My middle name, Stephanus, now thats another kettle of fish alltogether. Dont know how I will get to wear that one with pride. LOL. To all you Gideon's out there.... Go large!!! or Go home!!!" Aug. 7, 2008:
"My 2 yr old son is named Gideon Isaac. He is a sunbeam, a joy to be around. He has a head full of wavy light brown hair, smiling blue eyes, and a contagious giggle. He is the only Gideon I have ever known. Just loved the Bible story and the sound of it - strong yet sweet." Apr. 8, 2008:
"One of my favorites. Ala Gideon Jackson from "Freedom Road."" Dec. 18, 2007:
"The only downside with this name is the nick name "Giddy". If I get called like a cat one more time... on the other hand it's great to yell out during sex. GO GIDDY GO!" Jul. 17, 2007:
"He is a mighty warrior and a judge in the Bible. God used him to defeat the enermy and to save the Israelites. There was peace for forty years during his reign. He lived a blessed life and died at a good old age." Feb. 23, 2007:
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This is soon to be my new born's name. Every one in my family likes it. It has a strong, masculine, sound." Nov. 9, 2006:
3 Neutral Comments
"In spite of that fictional cat Gideon in the 1940 Disney adaptation of Pinocchio (the partner-in-crime of Honest John the Fox), the name seems to be growing in popularity, having done so only in the last few years." Nov. 26, 2010:
"I have always loved the name Gideon since it was what John Kramer and Jill Tuck were going to name their son in the Saw movies...
If I ever have a son. I would love to name him Gideon because its such a beautiful name! <3" Nov. 26, 2010:
"I remember a Gideon from high school who came from a wealthy family. He would act up whenever a substitute teacher came to class. I am pretty sure he joined a fraternity in college." Dec. 4, 2007:
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