The name Absalom is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "father of peace". Absalom and is often added to lists like Colonial Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".
From the experts:
Absalom, because of its biblical and literary associations, just might appeal to the daring namegiver.
In the Old Testament, Absalom was the handsome, favored but rebellious son of King David. In literature, Absalom appears in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, as the repeated title of a Faulkner novel--which refers to the biblical personage rather than the name of a character-- in the novel Cry, the Beloved Country and, on a more trivial note, as the name of the caterpillar in the Tim Burton version of "Alice in Wonderland."
The growing-in-popularity Axel is the Scandinavian form of the name.