Clan Info and Septs

What is the House of Gordon?

We are the families of the Scottish Clan Gordon in the United States of America. Our mission is to preserve and promote our unique heritage and Celtic culture as we enjoy the fellowship and support of family and friends.

A photo of our current chief, Granville Charles Gomer Gordon, 13th Marquis of Huntly and his son Alastair Granville Gordon, Earl of Aboyne

The House of Gordon USA began as a branch of the Scottish Incorporation of the House of Gordon. Set up by the current chief’s father, Douglas Gordon, 12th Marquis of Huntly. Following the death of Charles O. Gordon, president of the USA Branch in 2004, a Board of Directors was appointed to assist Lucretia Gordon with the running of the organization. During the 2006 Gordon AGM at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, the membership voted to reorganize as a separate 501(c)3 non-profit organization in order to run the daily business of the House in a way that will best benefit our members.

With the blessing of the current Chief, Granville Charles Gomer Gordon, 13th Marquis of Huntly, we have moved forward.

Our Chief has been affectionately known as Coileach An Taobh Tuath, the Cock of the North, since the 16th Century. The saying in Scotland is “From the Tweed to the Tay, from Cape Wrath to the Forth, there’s none can compare with the Cock O’ the North!”

Granville Charles Gomer Gordon, 13th Marquis of Huntly, and his son Alastair Granville Gordon, Earl of Aboyne.
— Original photo by Jerry Gordon.

The families of the House of Gordon include the following:

  • All persons bearing the name of Gordon.  
  • All persons bearing one of the names of Gordon Septs.  
  • Descendants of the Gordons or their Septsmen.
  • Those who served in the Gordon Highlanders and their families.
  • Supporters of the Chief including those who wear the Gordon Tartan with his permission.
  • All those with a special knowledge and interest in the Gordon history and tradition, who wish to take out a bond of manrent.

All who are interested in membership in the House of Gordon are Welcome.
Visit our membership page to join and be a part of Clan Gordon.

What is a Sept?

Sept is a term borrowed from the Irish to try to explain the Highland Clan affiliations. While an Irishman may have said O’Hara and his septs, a Highlander would have said Gordon and his clan. The term clan comes from the Gaelic clann meaning children. The various surnames of a clan represent the main family and the various surnames adopted in the changeover from the Gael to English naming system, as well as the allied and dependent families of the Clan Chief. Names reflect relationship, local origin, occupation, marital alliances, etc. Thus the main surname of the clan is the surname of the Chief. All other surnames are referred to as the septs of the clan.

Adam, Adams, Adamson, Addie, Adie, Addison, Aiken, Aitchison, Aitken, Akin, Atken, Atkin, Atkins, Atkinson, Badenoch, Barrie, Boyne, Brisbane, Connon, Connor, Craig, Cromb, Crombie, Cullen, Culane, Darg, Darge, Dorwald, Dorward, Duff, Durward, Eadie, Edison, Eddie, Edie, Esslemont, Garioch, Garrick, Garriock, Geddes, Gerrie, GORDON, Gardiner, Gardner, Huntley, Huntly, Jessiman, Jopp, Jupp, Laing, Lang, Laurie, Lawrie, Leng, Ling, Lowry, Macadam, Mallett, Manteach, Mar, Marr, Maver, Mavor, Meldrum, Mill, Mills, Miline, Milles, Miln, Milne, Milner, Milnes, Moir, Moore, More, Morrice, Morris, Muir, Mylne, Steel, Steele, Teal, Teall, Tod, Todd, Tough, & Troup.

Of course there are MANY more spelling variations caused by clerks over the centuries. Therefore use common sense — if your name is Adison and your ancestors came from Aberdeen then you would of course be able to claim Gordon heritage!