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Gender: M Meaning of Solomon: "peace" Origin of Solomon: Hebrew Solomon's Popularity in 2015: #376

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.

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."

Solomon's highest historic rank in the US was Number 198 in 1880, but it's now back in the Top 400 for the first time since the 1920s.

Famous People Named Solomon

Solomon Burke, American soul singer
Solomon Brown, son of Kody & Robyn Brown from TLC's "Sister Wives"
Solomon Eliot Asch, renowned Polish/American Gestalt psychologist
Solomon Northup, abolitionist and author of the memoir "Twelve Years a Slave"; subject of eponymous 2013 movie
Solomon Islands, tropical Isands found in Oceania.

Pop Culture References for the name Solomon

Solomon Pross, a character in "A Tale of Two Cities" (1859) by Charles Dickens
Solomon Tetherow, from the movie "Meek's Cutoff"
Solomon Grundy, nursery rhyme and D.C. comics superhero
Solomon Starbuck, character from 'Ace Attorney'

Solomon's International Variations

Solomon (Spanish) Suleiman (Arabic) Solamh (Gaelic) Shelomoh, Zalman, Shlomo (Yiddish) Salomon (Norwegian) Salaun, Lasimonne (French) Salamun (Czech) Salamonas (Lithuanian) Salaman, Salamon (Hungarian) Salamone (Italian) Salomo (German) Salamen (Polish)