Meaning: expulsion [other authors include these meanings: “exile,” “an alien there”, “a stranger there,” “a sojourner there”]
This is the name of four Biblical men.
The eldest son of Levi (1 Chronicles 6:16,17, 20, 43, 62, 71; 15:7) . [He is also called “Gershon.” His descendants were called Gershonites (Numbers 26:57). His brothers were Kohath and Merari (Genesis 46:11; Numbers 3:17).]
The elder of the two sons of Moses born to him in Midian (Exodus 2:22; 18:3). On his way to Egypt with his family, in obedience to the command of the Lord, Moses was attacked by a sudden and dangerous illness (4:24-26), which Zipporah his wife believed to have been sent because he had neglected to circumcise his son. She accordingly took a “sharp stone” and circumcised her son Gershom, saying, “Surely a bloody husband art thou to me”, i.e., by the blood of her child she had, as it were, purchased her husband, had won him back again.