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Quick Facts on Shiloh

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Hebrew
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 633
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Shiloh

  • Authoritative
  • Powerful
  • Tough
  • Tenacious
  • Wealthy
  • Problem-solver
  • Achiever

Etymology & Historical Origin - Shiloh

Shiloh is a Hebrew name of Biblical origin. It refers to a geographical place, an ancient city and assembly place for the Israelites before Judah. In fact, Shiloh was the dwelling place for the Ark of the Covenant for several centuries before it was ultimately housed in the Temple of Solomon on Mount Zion in Jerusalem. For those who don’t know, The Ark of the Covenant was basically a fancy chest which contained the two stone tablets upon which were written the 10 Commandments (which God had given Moses atop Mt. Sanai). The Ark and its Tabernacle (sacred tent) were brought to Shiloh in the time of Joshua (c. 1400 B.C.) after the Israelites crossed the River Jordan into the Promised Land. “Shiloh” comes from the Hebrew language meaning “tranquil, peaceful” so what better place to establish the Ark and feel confident in its safety? Shiloh is also the place where Hannah dedicated her son Samuel to the Lord and where Samuel was raised by the priest Eli. Shiloh was, for all intents and purposes, the first ancient capital of Israel; it’s where the Hebrews lived “tranquilly” amidst God and followed His law. That is, until the Philistines came to Shiloh and captured the Ark (1 Samuel 4). God basically allowed the Philstines to do a little Israelite ass-licking because His people had become complacent over the word of God. Even though the Ark was ultimately returned to Israel, it never again went back to Shiloh. The Bible doesn’t say exactly when the ancient city of Shiloh ceased to exist, but we do know of its destruction. Even today only scant ruins are left. Shiloh remains an important symbolic and spiritual reminder to the Jews as the place where the Ark was first established in the Promise Land, but where God forsook them when they were disobedient. Jeremiah 7:12 reminds the Israelites: “Go now to my place that was in Shiloh, where I made my name dwell at first, and see what I did to it because of the evil of my people Israel.” In other words, Shiloh was a “peaceful” place until its inhabitants took it for granted. We should also mention that there’s an ancient and obscure passage in Genesis 49:10 when Jacob is blessing his son Judah and says: “The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.” This is often taken in reference to the coming of the Messiah so many people (probably erroneously) believe that Shiloh means “Messiah”. Messiah is a different name of Hebrew origin and means “anointed one”.

Popularity of the Name Shiloh

The name Shiloh only first appeared on the American female naming charts in 2007 and there’s only one reason for its sudden debut. On May 27, 2006, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie welcomed their first biological child, a daughter they named Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt. According to some sources, Angelina Jolie had always used Shiloh Baptist as her secret alias when checking into hotel rooms (obviously to avoid the paparazzi). Apparently this was the name her own parents had intended for her brother had he been born a female. Whatever the reason, we can understand the attraction of this obscure Biblical place name. It sure as hell beats the overplayed Madison, Savannah and Brooklyn place name! Shiloh has a pretty ring to it and a very “tranquil” sound. It could also be used on either sex since it has a gender-neutral quality (as evidenced by actor Shiloh Fernandez). Other references regarding Shiloh include a series of children’s books about a beagle (dog) named Shiloh and a charming Neil Diamond song called “Shilo”. The Battle of Shiloh was also an important Civil War battle in which Ulysses S. Grant defeated the Confederate forces in southwestern Tennessee. Shiloh is definitely not a mainstream name despite the fact that many Americans associate it with the celebrity child of the Jolie-Pitt clan. We think Shiloh has a charisma all her own even though we’re not big fans of the sheep-mentality practice of mimicking the name choices of celebrities. Shiloh doesn’t work for everyone, but it is a solid, ancient choice with meaning way beyond our crazy celeb-culture of today. An inevitable nickname is Shy which we also think is quaintly charming.
Popularity of the Girl Name Shiloh
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Shiloh

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Shiloh

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Shiloh

    Shiloh We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Shiloh.

  • Popular Songs on Shiloh

    Popular Songs on Shiloh

    In The Hills of Shiloh - a song by Bobby Bare

    Shilo - a song by Neil Diamond

    Shiloh - a song by Darryl Worley

    Shiloh Town - a song by Mark Lanegan

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Shiloh

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Shiloh

    Shiloh is Found (Margaret Mobley) - Shiloh is Found is written from the viewpoint of a small abandoned pup who was rescued by an airplane in a fly-in community outside Savannah, GA. His story relates his discovery on the airstrip and how he was adopted by a loving couple who had no children. Shiloh tells of his experience going from a cold, hungry, abandoned little dog to a warm, well-fed, beloved pet. He has a good sense of humor about his situation and an open mind about all the baths he had to take to make him pretty and fluffy. Shiloh also tells how he got his name. This is the first of Shiloh's 9 books that he has told, since his discovery during Christmas holidays 2001. The book has been enjoyed by children from ages 3 to 12.

    The Shiloh Trilogy (Phyllis Reynolds Naylor) - Boxed set. This contemporary classic trilogy explores the sometimes-unclear line between right and wrong, and the redeeming power of love and kindness. But first and foremost it is an irresistible and heartwarming story of family, friendship, and the strong bond between a boy and his dog. Marty will do anything to save Shiloh. When Marty Preston comes across a young beagle in the hills behind his home, it's love at first sight -- and also big trouble. It turns out the dog, which Marty names Shiloh, belongs to Judd Travers, who drinks too much and has a gun -- and abuses his dogs. So when Shiloh runs away from Judd to Marty, Marty just has to hide him and protect him from Judd. But Marty's secret becomes too big for him to keep to himself, and it exposes his entire family to Judd's anger. How far will Marty have to go to make Shiloh his? Recommended for ages 8-11.

  • Famous People Named Shiloh

    Famous People Named Shiloh

    Famous People Named Shiloh - Shiloh Jolie-Pitt (celebrity child and tom-boy fashionista); Shiloh Fernandez (actor); Shiloh Keo (football player); Shiloh (singer)

  • Children of Famous People Named Shiloh

    Children of Famous People Named Shiloh

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Shiloh - Angelina Jolie (actress); Brad Pitt (actor)

  • Historic Figures

    Shiloh - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Shiloh - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Shiloh.

Personality of the Girl Name Shiloh

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Variations of the Baby Name - Shiloh

  • No Variations Found.
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