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I sort of like this name and I've met a few men with this name, so, I should be able to see it as a MAN's name, yet; it always makes me think of an adorably silly young boy or foal. Especially the first syllable because it sounds like "giddy."
Hforthewin  10/29/2019
Gravity Falls is the one reason I don’t dislike this name.
PickleJuice  8/14/2019
This is the middle name for Alexander "Alec" Gideon Lightwood from The Mortal Insturments.
― Anonymous User  7/11/2019
I don't really like this name.
kayisforkeen  8/24/2018
19 Kids and Counting star Joy Duggar recently named her son Gideon Martyn.
― Anonymous User  8/21/2018
I can't express my love for this name, I just adore it so much.
ellenlovesonce  7/14/2018
What a handsome name! I picture a nice Jewish boy with black hair and bambi eyes!
Prime Meridian  6/20/2018
Another meaning is Great Warrior.
― Anonymous User  10/4/2017
A famous bearer of the name Gideon is a man by the name of Gideon Hahn.
gidthekid2004  12/15/2016
Neil Patrick Harris and his partner David Burtka have twins Gideon Scott and Harper Grace, born October 12 2010.
ERK  12/5/2016
This is my son's name and I love it.
― Anonymous User  6/9/2016
I never really liked this name, it makes me think of a pigeon for some reason.
― Anonymous User  5/1/2016
This has always been a favourite of mine, I think it a very strong and rather handsome name.
graceoak123  9/25/2015
Gideon the cat is a character in Pinocchio.
― Anonymous User  6/18/2015
I must be a minority here because I think this name is rather ugly, especially with the GID-ee-in pronunciation. It sounds very harsh to me.
Icycoldhot  5/7/2015
My name is Gideon and I feel like my name means I'm destined for great things in my life. I'm 22 yrs old.
Gideon92  3/20/2015
I've met one Gideon in my life. A teenage boy... Anyway, I don't like this name at all.
― Anonymous User  3/12/2015
The defendant in the United States Supreme Court case, Gideon v. Wainwright, was Clarence Earl Gideon. The Court's decision held that state courts had to provide counsel to criminal defendants who could not afford an attorney, a landmark case which guaranteed rights under the Fifth and Sixth Amendments to the Constitution to not only federal defendants, but state-charged defendants, as well.
LuckyNumbers  11/9/2014
Gideon Gleeful is a character on Disney Channel's animated series "Gravity Falls."
hkols  11/1/2014
Gorgeous! Gideon has such a nice sound to it. It's strong and masculine and goes well with both young boys and old men.
Alexanna  6/22/2014
My family name is Gedeon, and I think it makes more sense to write it in Latin characters as 'Gedeon' instead of 'Gideon', given the spelling commonly used.
However, most French/English speaking people in my country still find it hard to spell it as it's meant to be spelt, and when they want to write it down without my help, they would write it as 'Jadaoun', which I really dislike.
Arabic, being richer in spelling, restricts the spelling to one. If you can read Arabic, it's 'جدعون'
Since 'Gedeon' in etymology symbolizes the 'father of war', I have named my little one Axl which means in Scandinavian the 'father of peace', creating a balancing oxymoron:)
steelman  11/26/2013
I think this is a nice name. As others have mentioned, it would work for a young boy or a grown man, really for any age. It doesn't have any obvious good nicknames, but I think Guy is a good nickname for it. Bit of a stretch, but it works.
shadow1999  11/5/2013
Gedion is the Greenlandic and Danish form - or one of more forms.
Ane Kirstine Noerby  4/17/2013
When I first heard this name, I thought it was pretty cool, though not amazing. Since then it has totally matched one of my favorite main characters in one of my books, and I love it. Every time I hear or read the name I smile in delight. I can just picture a tall, quiet, sensitive, determined young man, with dark hair and piercing eyes. This name is so strong to me. My first boy will have it.
Sabella Authoress  8/28/2012
Gideon was the name of Jigsaw's/John Kramer's unborn, miscarried son in the Saw franchise.
UniqueNameLover  8/8/2011
I think it's great. It's sort of dorky, but the sort of dorky that it's actually awesome. If that makes sense.
Ikanaide  7/25/2011
'Gideon's Bible' is mentioned in The Beatles' "Rocky Raccoon" [1968].
ginamarie  6/28/2011
This is my father's name, and I've never met someone else with it. I think it's great and rather handsome.
Lady Jeeves  5/22/2011
I don't know why this name is so popular. Reminds me of a fanatical book character, not a little boy. And I prefer "ghee-dohn" over "gid-ee-uhn". "Gid-ee-uhn" is very distasteful in my opinion.
Dawson  5/11/2011
Gideon Gordon Graves is the main antagonist in the Scott Pilgrim book series.
He was played by Jason Schwartzman in the film "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World".
DaphneSusan  12/12/2010
Gideon is a lovely name, I personally have it on a top 3 list (along with Reuben and Isaiah). Should I have a son he will likely have one of the above names!
― Anonymous User  10/27/2010
To be honest, this is one of the ugliest names I have ever heard. It reminds me of a frog.
Meadow  10/18/2010
I'm sort of back and forth about how I feel about this name. I have this really oddly specific idea that this name should be used by people who usually go by their last name. I mean, when someone found out what the guy's first name was, they'd be really surprised because it's not something average and overused. Just my weird thought on the name.
I like it, though, just in a strange kind of way.
Ikanaide  6/30/2010
Gideon Yago is a popular MTV correspondent.
― Anonymous User  6/9/2009
The Hebrew (and, obviously, Israeli) pronunciation of this name (ghee-dohn) avoids the "giddy" aspect and makes the name really cool!
Jonquil  9/14/2008
I know a four year old called Gideon. I think the name is really cute and unique. Most people I know pronounce it gid-y-on.
rachypiesheepbaa  7/24/2008
A famous bearer is Broadway star Gideon Glick, who starred as Ernst in the original cast of the Tony Award winning show Spring Awakening.
ZoeAliza  3/16/2008
Giddy up Gideon!
honeypower  10/2/2007
Gideon Prewett was Molly Weasley's brother in the Harry Potter series.
― Anonymous User  7/3/2007
Famous bearer: Gideon Mantell, the paleontologist who excavated the first iguanadon.
― Anonymous User  5/9/2007
One of the main characters on the television show Criminal Minds is named Jason Gideon. He goes by Gideon.
Roanoke17  3/31/2007
In the musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Gideon is the youngest of the brothers. (Adam, Benjamin, caleb, Daniel, Ephraim, Frank, and Gideon)
YMPvt  3/17/2007
Season six of the popular Witch-themed dramedy "Charmed" introduced a powerful Elder named Gideon.
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He assited Leo when Leo first became a Whitelighter, supported Leo and Piper's marriage, and was headmaster of Magic School (think a Professor at Hogwarts, like McGonagall or Dumbledore). He also happened to try the entire sixth season to kill baby Wyatt (Leo and Piper's son) for the "greater good," seeing that Wyatt would grow too powerful.

He fails, and ends up being killed by Leo, but before he dies, he manages to kill Wyatt's younger brother (who came to the past to save Wyatt) Chris (my favorite character in the entire show). In an alternate future, Gideon's attempt on Wyatt's life caused Wyatt to instead of die, turn evil.

That Benedict Arnold-type character, and sacrifice anything for the "greater good" morality, is all I can think about from this name.
Irish Pearl  2/6/2007
Someone has said this name is pronounces ghee-dohn, but I have only ever heard it pronounced Gid-ee-uhn. I have attended a Christian church for many years and have met many Gideons, always pronounced in the latter way.
― Anonymous User  1/26/2007
I really like this name. I used it for the protagonist of a story I was writing, and it's just been growing on me ever since.
Elphaba  1/25/2007
The name Gideon seems like a very strong, masculine name and reminds me of the character in the Bible. He demonstrated such faith in God and good leadership of the people of Israel. I hope to have faith like that. I would name my son this, but the cultural stereotype is not favorable. I might make Gideon his middle name.
Adr90  11/11/2006
I think this name is a very strong charismatic name. It has so much history behind it. To me, if I ever met a Gideon, it would be easier to remember that person because the name is unique, but not so unique you can't remember it (this is saying something because I have the hardest time remembering names and new people).
hanejay  9/30/2006
Pronounced ghee-dohn.
Miss Claire  7/29/2006
Gideon is the name of the Christmas angel in the movie "One Magic Christmas".
― Anonymous User  7/16/2006
The song "Gideon" by My Morning Jacket made me like this name a little better, not especially a favorite but I like it.
― Anonymous User  6/28/2006
I've never liked this name. It's just never caught my eye, like some names (names like Tristan, or Elijah) have. Recently, though, I've started to like it more, wouldn't say that it's a favorite of mine now, but it IS growing on me.
Pheadirean  6/3/2006
Gideon to me is a very masculine, strong, heroic name with the solemn weight of history behind it. I gave this name to my second son.
LillianAMS  3/31/2006
This is a pretty cool name. I might name my kid this.
qcrossley  3/19/2006
The name is pretty gross.
― Anonymous User  3/5/2006
This is a strong name, that works well for both a little boy and a grown man.
― Anonymous User  3/1/2006
King Arthur's name as a child was Gideon.
― Anonymous User  2/19/2006
The Gideons is a world-wide organization that gives out free Bibles.
breakofday  12/7/2005
This is also a Dutch name. My brother's second name is Gideon.
― Anonymous User  11/26/2005

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