GENDER: Masculine

Meaning & History

Germanic name, probably related to the Norse element jord meaning "land". This name was borne by a 6th-century Roman author of Gothic background, who wrote a history of the Goths. It is possible that the spelling of his name was influenced by that of the Jordan River.
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Jordà (Catalan), Jordaan, Joord (Dutch), Jordan, Jordon (English), Jordan, Jourdain (French), Giordano (Italian), Judd (Medieval English), Jordão (Portuguese), Jordán (Spanish)

Sources & References

  • Ernst Förstemann, Altdeutsches namenbuch (1900), page 981


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Entry updated December 3, 2014