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Gender: M Meaning of Solomon: "peace" Origin of Solomon: Hebrew Solomon's Popularity in 2016: #369

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 Robert Guggenheim, American 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 Gabirol, Andalusian poet and Jewish philosopher
Solomon Eliot Asch, Polish/American Gestalt psychologist
Solomon Northup, American author of the memoir "Twelve Years a Slave"
Solomon Busendich (born 1984), Kenyan long-distance runner
Solomon Brannan, American football player
Solomon Elimimian (born 1986), American football player
Sol Lesser, film producer
Solomon Cutner, British pianist
Solomon Bashir-Shakur (b. 1989), son of singer Me'Shell Ndegeocello

Pop Culture References for the name Solomon

"Solomon Grundy," English nursery rhyme
Solomon "Sol" Roth, Edward G. Robinson's character in "Soylent Green" (1973)
Solomon Grundy (Cyrus Gold), DC comics villain and antihero
Solomon, a musical work by Handel
Solomon, King of Urushalim, a character in "The Shadow Prince," the first novel of Philip Armstrong's epic historical fantasy, "The Chronicles of Tupiluliuma"
Solomon, a powerful magician in the Japanese manga series Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic
Solomon Ring, an item in Final Fantasy VIII that summons a GF
Solomon Islands, a nation state in the Pacific
Solomon Coop, character in Taboo (TV Series)

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)