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While surnames were well-known during the English medieval period, Cornish People originally used only a single name. The way in which hereditary surnames came into common use is interesting. Under the Feudal System of government, surnames evolved and they often reflected life on the manor and in the field. Patronymic surnames were derived from given names and were the predominant type of surname among the Celtic peoples of Britain. However, the people of Cornwall provide a surprising exception to this rule, and patronymic surnames are less common among them than other people of Celtic stock, such as their Welsh neighbors. This type of surname blended perfectly with the prevailing Feudal System. One feature that is occasionally found in Cornish surnames of this type is the suffix -oe or -ow; this is derived from the Cornish plural suffix -ow. is a patronymic surname that came from the ancient Hebrew name Gideon, meaning one who cuts down.

Gideon Early Origins



The surname Gideon was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Gideon Spelling Variations


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Gideon Spelling Variations



Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Giddy, Giddie, Gideon, Gedy, Geddy, Geddey and others.

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Gideon Early History


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Gideon Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gideon research. Another 113 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1699, 1762 and 1753 are included under the topic Early Gideon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gideon Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gideon Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gideon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Gideon:

Gideon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Faris Gideon, aged 26, who landed in America, in 1895

Gideon Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Henry J. Gideon, aged 34, who emigrated to America, in 1909
  • David S. Gideon, aged 49, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1911
  • Gideon, who landed in America, in 1913
  • Anna F. Gideon, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States, in 1913
  • Charles Gideon, aged 26, who settled in America, in 1919
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gideon (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gideon (post 1700)



  • Alexis Gideon (b. 1980), American multi-media artist, composer and director
  • James Leslie Gideon (b. 1953), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the Texas Rangers in 1975
  • Ronnie Dwayne "Ron" Gideon (b. 1964), American professional baseball coach and manager, Tulsa Drillers Manager (2009-2010)
  • Miriam Gideon (1906-1996), American composer
  • Clarence Earl Gideon (1910-1972), American drifter accused in a Florida of felony theft; his case resulted in the U.S. Supreme Court decision Gideon v. Wainwright, that a criminal defendant who cannot afford to hire a lawyer must be provided one at no cost
  • Louan Gideon (1955-2014), American actress best known for her role as Danielle Atron on Nickelodeon's The Secret World of Alex Mack
  • Elmo Clifford Gideon (1924-2010), American painter and sculptor
  • Valentine Gideon (1859-1951), American Democrat politician, Justice of Utah State Supreme Court, 1917-27, 1927-29; Appointed 1927; Chief Justice of Utah State Supreme Court, 1925-27
  • Leon P. Gideon, American politician, Mayor of Benton Harbor, Michigan, 1949-51
  • Edward E. Gideon, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Oregon 1st District, 1948
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    2. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    3. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    5. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    10. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    11. ...

    The Gideon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gideon Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 17 November 2015 at 10:45.

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