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Gender: Male Meaning of Absalom: "father of peace" Origin of Absalom: Hebrew

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 "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".

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.

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Famous People Named Absalom

Absalom, son of King David by Maakah
Absalom Willis Robertson, US Senator from Virginia
Absalom Baird, Union army general in the American Civil War
Absalom Jones, American abolitionist and clergyman
Absalom Watkin, English social reformer

Pop Culture References for the name Absalom

Absalom Kumalo, character in Cry, the Beloved Country
"Absalom, Absalom!", novel by William Faulkner
"Absalom and Achitophel," satirical poem by John Dryden
Absolem, the catepillar in Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Absalom's International Variations

Absalón (Spanish) Avshalom (Hebrew) Absalon (French) Axel (Scandinavian)


beachbear Says:


Is this pronounced AB-sah-lome or some other way?

beachbear Says:


I doubt many kids will have read the story of Absalom in the Bible, but I agree he's not the best namesake.

Sylvianna Says:


I like the sound of this name, but because of its Biblical reference (Absalom was the son who rebelled against King David and died hanging from a tree), there could be some opportunity for teasing here.

mill1020 Says:


This is kind of cool.

DaisyMaisie Says:


love it! I'm surprised that no celebrity have used it yet.

Frankie Says:


Absalom has a very romantic feel to it.

MaryKathryn Says:


LOVE! So unique and intriguing.