Gershon, whose name is sometimes translated into English as Gershom, is the oldest of Levi's three sons. He was born in Canaan before the family left for Egypt to reunite with Joseph. He was the founder of the family called the Gershonites. They were in charge of the Tabernacle during the trek through the desert. The tent and its covering, the curtain at the entrance of the meeting tent, the hangings of the court, and whatever pertained to the dwelling.
The name Gershom means "a sojourner there."