Solomon Origin and Meaning

The name Solomon is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "peace".

Solomon, a name that evokes wisdom and peace, is an Old Testament name that, along with other patriarchal classics, is finally beginning to shed its long white beard and step from the pages of the Old Testament into modern nurseries.

Originating from the Hebrew word shalom, meaning peace, Solomon was a favorite of Charles Dickens, who used it for characters in three of his novels.

Solomon Grundy is a name that moved from a nursery rhyme ("Solomon Grundy, born on a Monday") to a DC Comics character to the name of a California rock group.

The biblical Solomon, the son of David and Bathsheba, succeeded his father as king of Israel, and was known for his wisdom ("People came from all the nations to hear the wisdom of Solomon."). He is credited with writing the biblical books Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon—the latter also the title of an acclaimed Toni Morrison novel. The biblical Solomon is that reason that, while the name technically means peace, it also counts among the names that mean wisdom.

Notable bearers of the name include philanthropist Solomon R. Guggenheim, for whom the New York museum is named, and singer-songwriter Solomon Burke, sometimes referred to as "King Solomon."

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Solomon Rank in US Top 1000

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Solomon Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Solomon Popularity

Famous People Named Solomon

  • Solomon Robert GuggenheimAmerican businessman, art collector and philanthropist
  • Solomon kaDinuzulu (1891–1933) king of the Zulu nation from 1913 until 1933
  • Solomon Burke (born James Solomon McDonald)American soul singer
  • Solomon ibn GabirolAndalusian poet and Jewish philosopher
  • Solomon Eliot AschPolish/American Gestalt psychologist
  • Solomon NorthupAmerican author of the memoir "Twelve Years a Slave"
  • Solomon Busendich (born 1984)Kenyan long,distance runner
  • Solomon BrannanAmerican football player
  • Solomon Elimimian (born 1986)American football player
  • Solomon CutnerBritish pianist
  • Solomon BashirShakur (b. 1989), son of singer Me'Shell Ndegeocello
  • Solomon Sharpson of actors Brad and Keesha Sharp

Solomon in Pop Culture

  • "Solomon Grundy" English nursery rhyme
  • Solomon "Sol" RothEdward G. Robinson's character in "Soylent Green" (1973)
  • Solomon Grundy (Cyrus Gold)DC comics villain and antihero
  • Solomona musical work by Handel
  • SolomonKing of Urushalim, a character in "The Shadow Prince," the first novel of Philip Armstrong's epic historical fantasy, "The Chronicles of Tupiluliuma"
  • Solomona powerful magician in the Japanese manga series Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic
  • Solomon Ringan item in Final Fantasy VIII that summons a GF
  • Solomon Islandsa nation state in the Pacific
  • Solomon Coopcharacter in Taboo (TV Series)
  • Solomon “Sol” Bergsteincharacter on Netflix’s Grace and Frankie