Gourd Family History
Gourd Name Meaning
English (southern): nickname from Middle English gourd(e) gord gurd ‘gourd’ (Old French gourde) often used with reference to the hollowed-out dried shell of a gourd used as a drinking vessel. The nickname was probably applied to a rotund person as well as being a metonymic occupational name for a maker of drinking vessels. French: from Old French gourd ‘heavy dull sluggish’ hence a nickname for a slow lumbering person. Altered form of Breton or French Gour .
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press