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Etymology & Historical Origin - Sharon
Sharon is borne from the Hebrew Bible and Old Testament as a place name mentioned in the Song of Solomon 2:1, “I am the rose of Sharon and the lily of the valleys.” It comes from the Hebrew שָׁרוֹן (Sharon) meaning “plain” indicating the fertile plain near the coast of Israel. Several flowering plants are referred to as the “Rose of Sharon”, most notably the beautiful yellow flowers of the genus Hypericum or the lovely pinkish Hibiscus. Sharon began as a unisex name dating back to the 18th century but by the 20th century became exclusively female.
Popularity of the Name Sharon
Sharon first appeared on the American female naming charts in 1925, no doubt influenced by “The Skyrocket”, a serial novel published that same year by popular journalist and screenwriter Adela Rogers St. Johns. The novel tells the story of Sharon Kimm, a beautiful, would-be actress relegated to crowd scenes as an “extra” until she catches the eye of a tyrannical director who grooms her into a starlet and “skyrockets” her to stardom. The name very quickly caught on and took off in popularity. Within 10 short years (by 1935), Sharon was a Top 100 favorite girl’s name in America. But she didn’t stop there; Sharon’s peak popularity came between 1943 and 1949 when the name held a consistent spot on the Top 10. Sharon remained quite popular up through the late 1970s at which time her flowering plant began to wilt. Her decline was slow and steady on the charts until the 1990s and up through today when Sharon started to drop like rocks. Today, the name is bestowed on barely 300 baby girls per year, a far cry from the over 20,000 daughters who received this moniker annually during the 1940s! By today’s naming standards, many parents feel that Sharon is too “plain” or dull, perhaps too dated and associated with middle-aged woman (thanks to her mid-century popularity). But we’re hoping for a comeback – Sharon is a soft and pretty name with understated beauty.
Popularity of the Girl Name Sharon
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Sharon
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Sharon
Rose of Sharon Joad Rivers (The Grapes of Wrath) Rose of Sharon Joad Rivers is a character in John Steinbeck’s 1939 novel of the Great Depression, The Grapes of Wrath, which took several literary prizes and contributed to its author winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. It was made into an acclaimed film version in 1940, and was adapted to various other media over the years. A powerful and poignant tale of the migration of poor sharecroppers from the Dust Bowl seeking a future in California, the book traces the story of the Joad family on their journey. Rose of Sharon is the high-spirited teen-aged daughter who is pregnant; she dreams of an idealized life in California with her husband, a life of pretty clothes, movies and a happy new baby. Still young and self-centered, she grudgingly pitches in with the chores. As the family progresses on its increasingly discouraging journey, and her husband abandons her, Rose of Sharon begins to mature into her womanhood, quietly nurturing the child within and maintaining a composure beyond her years. Insisting upon helping the family pick cotton at one of their stops, she goes into labor and delivers a stillborn child. Although heartbroken, although barraged with the inequities of life at so young an age, although battered by fate, Rose of Sharon rises magnificently to the circumstances and performs a life-giving act of selflessness that gives meaning and hope to her life and that of others.
Popular Songs on Sharon
I Ain't Sharin' Sharon - a song by Bobby Darin
My Sharona - a song by The Knack
Sharon & Hope - a song by Stina Nordenstam
Song for Sharon - a song by Joni Mitchell
Children's Books on the Baby Name Sharon
The Little Rose of Sharon (Nan Gurley) - When all the world was new, a little rose grew and bloomed. Her colorful petals caught the sun and pleased the Creator Himself. Yet soon she would discover that true beauty lies not in the outer appearance, but in a heart of sacrifice and giving. Created for you to read and enjoy again and again, Little Rose of Sharon is a modern-day parable which brings to light its message of compassionate love for readers of all ages. You are invited to enter into the wonder of earth's beginning through Nan Gurley's inspiring text and Tim Jonke's evocative illustrations. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Famous People Named Sharon
Famous People Named Sharon - Sharon Stone (actress); Sharon Tate (actress); Sharon Osbourne (TV personality); Sharon Corr (Irish musician); Sharon Creech (author)
Children of Famous People Named Sharon
Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Sharon - Bob Marley (musician); Walt Disney (film producer and animator)
Sharon - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Sharon - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Sharon.
Personality of the Girl Name Sharon
The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.
Variations of the Baby Name - Sharon