Salome Origin and Meaning

The name Salome is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "peace".

A soft and interesting Hebrew name long popular in France, where it has ranked in the Top 400 since 1986 (as Salomé). Ex-ER star Alex Kingston named her daughter Salome Violetta.

Despite seeing small but steady use during the latter part of the 19th century, Salome has never really caught on in the US – no doubt due to the historical association with the Biblical dancer who asked for John the Baptist's head on a platter. In fact, the dancer is not mentioned by name in the Bible, but the name Salome was attached to this figure by the 1st-century Romano-Jewish historian Josephus. There is, however, another Salome who is specifically mentioned in the Bible: a female follower of Jesus, wife of Zebedee and mother of the disciples James and John.

Oscar Wilde wrote a play called Salome in 1893 and Richard Strauss based an opera on it twelve years later. In pop culture, the name was given to a seductive vampire character in the HBO series True Blood.

# 767 in the US

Salome Rank in US Top 1000

# 579 on Nameberry

Salome Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Salome Popularity

Famous People Named Salome

  • SalomeBiblical daughter of Herod who demanded the head of John the Baptist
  • SalomeBiblical disciple of Jesus, possible mother of the apostles James and John
  • Salome AlexandraQueen of Judaea
  • Salome Isister of Herod the Great
  • Salome JensAmerican actress
  • Salomé CorboFrench,Canadian actress
  • Salomé UreñaDominican poet
  • Salomé de BahiaBrazilian singer
  • Salome ZurabishviliFrench,Georgian politician
  • Lou AndreasSalomé, German psychoanalyst and author
  • Salome MCIranian rapper
  • Salomé (born Maria Rosa Marco Poquet)Spanish pop singer
  • Salomé LeclercFrench,Canadian singer,songwriter
  • Salome PazhavaGeorgian rhythmic gymnast

Salome in Pop Culture

  • Salome (1893)play by Oscar Wilde
  • Salome (1905)opera by Richard Strauss (based on the Oscar Wilde play)
  • Salomé (1918)silent film starring Theda Bara
  • Salomecharacter on TV's "True Blood"
  • Salome Otterbournean alcoholic erotica novelist in Agatha Christie's murder mystery Death on the Nile (1937)
  • Salome "Sally" Marshcharacter in movie "Inconceivable"
  • Lady Salome D'Ysquith Pumphreycharacter in musical, "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder"
  • Salomé Cuerpo Realcharacter in the novel "Bianca Nieves y los 7 toritos" by Carrie Toth
  • "Sadie Salome (Go Home)" a song by Irving Berlin
  • "In the Name of Salomé" (2000)novel by Julia Alvarez