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Gender: Male Meaning of Solomon: "peace" Origin of Solomon: Hebrew Solomon's Popularity in 2017: #377

The name Solomon is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "peace". Solomon is ranked #377 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Middle name for a First name!".

From the experts:

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. The biblical Solomon is that reason that, while the name technically means peace, it also counts among the names that mean wisdom.

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."

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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
Solomon Cutner, British pianist
Solomon Bashir-Shakur (b. 1989), son of singer Me'Shell Ndegeocello
Solomon Sharp, son of actors Brad and Keesha Sharp

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)
SolomonSol” Bergstein, character on Netflix’s Grace and Frankie


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)

Comments

littlepenelope Says:

2018-03-02T22:13:48

I am also not a religous person, but Solomon has been high on our list for our third baby. I have a lot of reservations due to it being such a biblical name as well, but I choose to try to think of the story of Solomon as just that- a story. And in the story, Solomon evokes wisdom, inspiration, and of course "peace".

NameObsession Says:

2018-02-17T07:54:06

There are several names that I absolutely love (like Solomon) that are biblical names, that I'm not sure if I'd use because of the biblical ties. I'm not at all religious and I kind of don't like the idea of branding my children with biblical names, but this name is beautiful. Not quite sure how to reconcile my love of biblical names with my aversion to religion in general.

roseofjune Says:

2016-07-13T15:53:59

Solomon is perfect. Guess what, I actually love Old Testament Solomon. Has no one read Ecclesiastes? That man went through several powerful stages of his life that caused him to reflect on the meaning of life and ultimately change for the better. It's very petty that people get caught up on the many-wives issue. That was a shadow in his varied life. His musings in Ecclesiastes make that book my favorite from the Bible. He started with wisdom and ended with wisdom. What happened in between only furthered his deep convictions about what is right.

NykkiJo Says:

2016-07-01T16:33:40

Who doesn't relate to that? Solomon is so honored in the Bible because, even though he tried to fill his life with women, money, and other frivolities in extreme excess, he realized nothing could give his life meaning like Jesus.

Beautiful, ancient name deeply rooted in genuine Christian life.

headintheclouds Says:

2015-08-21T18:14:41

Nice in theory, but personally I primarily associate the name Solomon with the many-wives-and-concubines image, that I wouldn't use the name for myself. I objectively like to see other people who don't have my issue use it though, and I think it's starting to grow in popularity, since I've been seeing Solomon around more in discussions and RL.

The meaning of "peace" is just lovely, the name itself has a regal, grounded and flowy feel to it, and though it's an ancient biblical name, it sounds rather modern, because I kind of see it as/associate it with Solo Man/Han Solo- so it seems like a sci-fi/futuristic/steampunky name to me as well. I really like the sound of Solomon as a full name, with the only nickname I like being Sol.

Brittys08 Says:

2015-07-14T17:06:05

We named our second son Solomon Gabriel (Peace; peaceable, Warrior of God). As a child, King Solomon sought and lived for God and God made him the wisest man that ever lived. He also made him the weathiest (because Solomon asked for wisdom instead of riches, God gave him both). After a time, the riches went to his head. He became the epitome of a backslidden Christian. He did have seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines. He sacrificed to his wives' idols and turned his back on God. BUT, towards the end of his life he renounced it all and turned back to God (hence, Ecclesiastes). The wisest man on earth messed up big time and still ultimately said "Let us hear the whole conclusion of the matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man." Ecc.12:13 While some think of Solomon in a negative way, they ignore the picture as a whole. He ultimately portrayed a beautiful picture of God's grace and faithfulness. He proved that even the wisest and wealthiest man is nothing without God. He really does bring a lot of glory to God. I think Solomon is a beautiful, strong, God honoring name. All thoughts aside from the Solomon in the Bible, it's a name that means "Peace", not "future backslider". :-)

alchemicallypurplefairy Says:

2015-05-23T21:10:14

The biblical Solomon had seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines.